Milwaukee currently finds itself 57-44 and four games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. Despite this, the team has not gotten much from the outfield thus far on the season.
Centerfielder Lorenzo Cain is hitting .179 with a .465 OPS. Seeing time in left, former NL MVP Christian Yelich continues to struggle (8 HR, 35 RBI). Gallo could come in as a bench option with an ability to spot start. Despite his issues this season, the 28 year old does have a track record of success.
- Joey Gallo stats (2021): 38 HR, 77 RBI, .351 on-base percentage, .808 OPS
Gallo’s .199 average last season is misleading in that he led the American League with 111 walks to up his on-base percentage in a big way. However, he’s also been known to strikeout as much as any player in the game (AL-high 213 times in 2021).
As for a potential trade, Milwaukee would be buying low. Gallo is a free agent after the 2022 season and is earning $10.28 million. The Brewers would likely have to give up nothing more than a low-level prospect to pry him from New York.
A first-round pick of the Texas Rangers back in 2012, Gallo jumped onto the scene in 2017 and 2018. That two-year span saw him hit a combined 81 homers. Perhaps, Milwaukee thinks it could catch lightning in a bottle here.