Desperate for a powerful left-handed bat to park balls on the small porch of the YankeeStadium, the New York Yankees landed two of them.
Hours after announcing their trade to acquire Texas All-Star slugger Joey Gallo, the playoff-chasing Yankees reached a first base deal for the Chicago Cubs, Anthony Rizzo, on Thursday.
Yankees with two power bats
New York acquired Gallo and left-hander Joely Rodríguez Rangers for minor league right-hander Glenn Otto and infielders Ezequiel Duran, Trevor Hauver and Josh Smith.
The Yankees got Rizzo for two minor leagues, right-hander Alexander Vizcaíno and outfielder Kevin Alcántara. Chicago will pay the Yankees $ 5,652,403 as part of the trade, covering all but $ 202,435 of the remainder of Rizzo’s $ 16.5 million salary, which comes in at a prorated portion of the $ 570,500 minimum.
Left-handed hitting added
The 27-year-old Gallo is hitting .223 with 25 home runs, 55 RBIs and 74 walks, leading in the majors. While he was a Gold Glove-winning right fielder for Texas, Boone imagines that Gallo will play a lot on the left for the Yankees, who have AaronJudge as their regular right fielder.
Rizzo is hitting .248 with 14 homers and 40 RBIs. The 31-year-old had been a fixture at Wrigley Field for a decade and helped the Cubs break their long World Series drought with a championship in 2016.
Rizzo and Gallo should work as usual
Rizzo began his career with San Diego in 2011, then left for the Cubs in 2012. He is a .269 hitter with 243 home runs – sixth on the Cubs all-time list – and 793 RBIs.
Gallo is owed $ 2.2 million of his $ 6.2 million salary. He is eligible for arbitration next winter and can become a free agent after the 2022 season. The Yankees will receive $ 2,722,865 from the Rangers plus another $ 500,000 in January that is conditional on Rodriguez’s option to be paid in 2022.