Joey Gallo Twins deal

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins have a lot of work to do after missing Carlos Correa, and their quest for impact continued Friday with the addition of outfielder Joey Gallo on a one-year, $11 million deal, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand . The club has not confirmed the deal.

Gallo is coming off a rough 2022 in which he beat .160/.280/.357 with 19 home runs and a 39.8% hit percentage for the Yankees and Dodgers. He struggled mightily after moving to the Bronx with his already high at bat numbers peaking, limiting his ability to achieve his otherworldly power. For now, he’s an odd positional fit on a Twins roster that’s already corner deep in left-handed outfielders.

But any one-year deal comes with relatively few risks, especially given Gallo’s strong defensive ability (including midfield experience), and there’s plenty of upside for the Twins to hope for as Gallo is just one season away from posting a carreer. best 4.7 WAR in 2021 with the Rangers and Yankees, thanks to his arguably unique strength and ability to take walks.

Considering how often Gallo has stared at comically exaggerated infield and outfield shifts (including four-man outfields), it should be thought that the 29-year-old will benefit from the newly introduced restriction on defensive shifts for the 2023 season and beyond. According to Baseball Savant, Gallo has faced infield shifts on at least 82% of his at bats in each of the past six seasons.

If nothing else, the 2022 Twins took a step back in their ability to hit the ball over the fence as only Byron Buxton (28 homers) and Correa (22) exceeded 20 roundtrippers. Gallo hits homers with the best of them, most recently hitting 38 blasts in ’21 before struggling in ’22. He’ll give the Twins mediocre pop across the board, fitting their favored mold of defensive flexibility.

Still, the Twins no longer needed left-handed outfielders, where they already have Max Kepler, Trevor Larnach, Alex Kirilloff, Matt Wallner, and Nick Gordon as options, and this acquisition seems an even stronger indication that Minnesota might want to trade one or more of those players. looking for a high-impact addition to the pitching staff or elsewhere.

“I anticipate that based on the calls we’ve had lately [the trade market] will start to come, maybe just after Christmas, sometime around the turn of the year, that there will be a little bit more focus on the trade market,” said Derek Falvey, Twins president of baseball operations. “We’ll be in those conversations.”

Kepler has long been a popular name in trade rumors, but given his offensive struggles, it doesn’t seem likely that he could lead a deal that would bring back a frontline pitcher. That requires a younger player with a higher ceiling, like Larnach or Wallner, and maybe more.

Falvey acknowledged on Friday that the Twins have “a lot of interest” in several of their major league players and that they need to be open to such deals if they want to prevent a farming system that has become much less robust in recent years from being further damaged. exhausted. last year. As the market transitions from free agency to trades in the coming weeks, there is still plenty of work left as Minnesota can still use a shortstop, right-handed pop, and impact pitching.

“Well, I think our roster isn’t ready yet, so I would say our view at the moment is that we should continue with the off-season,” said Falvey. “It’s December 16 and I think there’s more time for us to figure out what our group and outfield look like.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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