The New York Yankees are nearing completion of a trade with the Texas Rangers to acquire two-time All-Star outfielder Joey Gallo.
According to ESPN, MLB Media, and the Dallas Morning News, New York will send at least four minor league prospects to the Rangers in exchange for Gallo. According to ESPN, the Yankees are trading shortstop Josh Smith, second baseman Ezequiel Duran, second baseman/outfielder Trevor Hauver, and right-hander Glenn Otto.
The Rangers will also acquire right-hander Randy Vazquez and outfielder Everson Pereira from the Yankees, according to ESPN.
Neither club has confirmed the move, which is pending a medical review.
Gallo has spent all seven of his MLB seasons with the Rangers, but the club appears to be in unloading mode ahead of Friday’s trade deadline with the postseason seemingly out of reach. Texas had an American League West-worst 36-65 record entering Wednesday.
The 27-year-old Gallo ranks sixth in the AL with 25 home runs this season to go with a .223 batting average and 55 RBIs.
Gallo also excels in the outfield, capturing a Gold Glove Award in 2020. He leads the majors with 14 defensive runs saved this year.
Gallo, who is owed $2.2 million from his $6.2 million salary, is under team control through 2022.