Joey Gallo signed a one-year, $11 million contract with the Minnesota Twins in December. The 29-year-old outfielder is looking for a fresh start with his new team.
The Yankees acquired Gallo from the Texas Rangers in July 2021 via trade. The two-time All-Star slugger struggled mightily at the plate and became an easy target for angry Yankee fans, who booed him mercilessly.
Gallo hit .159 in 140 games with the Yankees, slugging 25 home runs while striking out 194 times.
“I think every baseball player at some point is like, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this s–t anymore,’” Gallo told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. “It’s a tough game.”
“I tried to handle it well,” Gallo said. “I took pride in the fact that I still played. I was still diving for the Yankees, running into walls for the Yankees, running hard for the Yankees.
The Yankees traded Gallo to the Los Angeles Dodgers ahead of the Aug. 2 trade deadline. Things were not any better with the Dodgers, as Gallo hit .162 in 117 at-bats. He hit 7 seven home runs and struck out 57 times.
MLB’s new rule change, eliminating the shift, should help out Gallo. With the change, all four infielders will be required to be on the dirt, with two on each side of second base.
“The Minnesota market is different than the New York market,” Gallo said. “The Texas market is different than the New York market. I always just wanted to play baseball, have fun, hang out with the boys.
Gallo is slated to be the starting left fielder for Twins this year.
Joey Gallo. Photo courtsey of Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post