Thu, Jul 29, 2021 6:37 PM
By MARK DIDTLER, AP
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — All-Star slugger Joey Gallo’s trade to the New York Yankees from the Texas Rangers has been completed. The deal gives the heavily right-handed Yankees a much-needed powerful lefty bat. Says Yankees manager Aaron Boone: “I think we’re a lot better today." With switch-hitting center fielder Aaron Hicks hurt, second baseman Rougned Odor and outfielder Brett Gardner have been the only left-handed hitters to see substantial playing time. Gallo is hitting .223 with 25 homers, 55 RBIs and a major league-leading 74 walks. Boone envisions Gallo playing left field for the Yankees, who have Aaron Judge as their regular right fielder.