The Texas Rangers and Joey Gallo are reportedly discussing a contract extension, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
The talks come as the Rangers are responding to trade requests for the All-Star outfielder, Grant adds. Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels added that Gallo’s future with the team is a “great decision for us.”
The Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and San Diego Padres are among the teams that have shown interest in Gallo, who is eligible for arbitration through the 2022 season, according to Grant.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported earlier this month that the Yankees were “controlling outfielders everywhere.” New York, third in the AL East and nine games behind the division-leading Boston Red Sox, may need some help outfield due to various injuries.
Ken Rosenthal of Athletic He adds that the Padres are centering their trade deadline goals around Gallo. The Blue Jays, meanwhile, need a power bat, and Gallo certainly fits the bill.
The 27-year-old has spent his entire seven-year career in Texas. He’s hitting .226 / .385 / .492 this season with 24 homers and 52 RBIs in 92 games.
In addition to being named an All-Star this year, Gallo was an All-Star in 2019 and won a Gold Glove in 2020.