The Yankees knew what they were getting with Joey Gallo.
All that they had to do was imagine an outfielder nearly as large as Giancarlo Stanton who had the flexibility to play Gold Glove defense, was fairly good with the news media and had an approach on the plate that was eerily harking back to Rob Deer’s.
Walks, strikeouts and residential runs are sometimes called baseball’s three true outcomes, and with Gallo, they felt just like the only possibilities. In that sense, he delivered on his promise.
Gallo’s final numbers over 140 games with the Yankees, ahead of a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, which was announced Tuesday: A .159 batting average, 25 homers, 77 walks and 194 strikeouts.
The three true outcomes, so-called because they typically don’t involve the defense beyond the pitcher and the catcher, added as much as 59 percent of his plate appearances, outpacing his previous profession mark with Texas of 58.2 percent. (For reference, Deer, who is commonly mentioned because the king of all-or-nothing sluggers, provided one among the three true outcomes in just 49.1 percent of his profession plate appearances.)
Things got bad enough for Gallo last October that an article appeared to criticize him for the way in which he was getting dressed before games — a fact he addressed in a self-aware tweet.
Now Gallo, 28, will start over in Los Angeles, where the Dodgers have had a knack for locating uses for players who struggled elsewhere.
The Yankees acquired Gallo and Joely Rodriguez from the Texas Rangers last yr for a package of three minor leaguers, all of whom are actually within the majors. And he was sent to the Dodgers for Clayton Beeter, a Class AA right-hander with a 4.59 E.R.A. over the past two seasons. The difference in trade packages is a reasonably stark indication of how far Gallo’s stock has fallen.
But for the Dodgers, the possibility that they’ll shift the ratio of his three true outcomes into something more productive makes Gallo price a flier. And possibly the Los Angeles news media won’t be as concerned with how he gets dressed.