MLB trade deadline: Reviewing the impact of 2021 deadline trades

People line up for a photo with the 2021 Braves baseball World Series Championship Trophy at the Anderson University Softball Complex Wednesday July 27, 2022. The trophy is scheduled for 151 stops in the Southeast, commemorating 151 years of Braves baseball. The World Champions Trophy Tour Presented by Truist will travel throughout Braves Country, featuring locations in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina, and North Carolina, according to Braves officials.Braves Championship Trophy Tour Stops In Anderson
People line up for a photo with the 2021 Braves baseball World Series Championship Trophy at the Anderson University Softball Complex Wednesday July 27, 2022. The trophy is scheduled for 151 stops in the Southeast, commemorating 151 years of Braves baseball. The World Champions Trophy Tour Presented by Truist will travel throughout Braves Country, featuring locations in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina, and North Carolina, according to Braves officials.Braves Championship Trophy Tour Stops In Anderson /
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Joey Gallo. Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Joey Gallo. Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports /

Joey Gallo to New York

Gallo came to the Yankees from Texas on July 29 as the feature of a six-player package.

Unlike Rizzo, Gallo basically flopped in New York. Down the stretch he batted just .160 and while he did produce 13 home runs that was nearly half of his entire hit total for the final two months.

In the Wild Card game with Boston, Gallo batted cleanup, started in left, and went hitless in four at-bats, leaving three runners on base.

Signed through the end of this season, his 2022 has not gone any better. Sharing outfield time with three teammates, he’s batting in the .150s with a .621 OPS.

In that trade, the Yankees also acquired Joely Rodriguez, who they have since flipped to the Mets in a swap of journeyman pitchers.

To get Gallo, the Yankees sent Texas four minor leaguers, three of whom have at least since seen major league daylight in Texas.

Josh Smith has taken over as the Rangers’ regular third baseman, although his .221 average and .617 OPS say he’s learning on the job.

Glenn Otto is a 26-year-old who’s been given a rotation spot. Again, on-the-job learning is at work here. Otto is 4-7 in 15 big league starts this year with a 5.50 ERA.

Ezequiel Duran is a 23-year-old backup to Smith producing so-so numbers.

The fourth Ranger pickup is minor league outfielder Trevor Hauer, who is struggling at High-A Hickory.

Verdict: Gallo has been a millstone in New York. The Rangers at minimum got three usable parts who may or may not eventually develop into solid big league performers.