Red Sox need a star outfielder like Joey Gallo to succeed in the playoffs
Coming into the season, the Boston Red Sox were not viewed as a real threat. Fans were understandably skeptical of the team, as they did not sign any big names in the offseason. Furthermore, they seemed to have only gotten weaker after losing both Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. Yet, this season has been stupendous thus far, as the Red Sox are 41-27 and have a very good chance of making the postseason.
Although praise is warranted for their excellent play, they do have some issues with their roster. Thus, they need to be active during the trade deadline. With the losses of Bradley Jr. and Benintendi, the Red Sox should look to add an outfielder.
This year’s group has had some good moments, but it is a never bad thing to improve. A very intriguing outfielder who has been the subject of trade rumors is Texas Rangers’ slugger, Joey Gallo. At this said juncture, the Red Sox have not been linked to him. However, in my opinion, they really should be given how talented he is.
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Gallo is coming off a rough season, but in the past, he has been nothing short of elite. This is especially the case when it comes to his power numbers, as he has two 40-home run campaigns under his belt thus far. He does struggle hitting for contact, so that may be a bit of a red flag, but he is worth the gamble.
The Red Sox seem to lack that true power bat that all contenders should possess. The 27-year-old certainly would give them that and could for a long period of time.
Although Gallo is an unrestricted free agent after next season, he may be willing to stay if the fit is right. When seeing as how Fenway Park is a paradise for home run hitters, that certainly could make signing an extension alluring to him.
Another positive aspect about Gallo’s game is that he is fairly versatile. He has the ability to play both first and third base. That creates a magnitude of different possibilities for him fitting into the lineup. This would especially come in handy if injuries arise, too. However, if they elect to put him in the outfield, he could take over left field. This, in turn, would allow Alex Verdugo to move to center field primarily.
The price may be high for Gallo, but if the team wants to bring a World Series championship back to Boston, this is the type of move they need to make. Gallo is one of the best home run hitters in all of baseball when he is on his game. A change of scenery could certainly be the spark he needs to make this come into fruition again. Thus, the Red Sox should be calling the Rangers about him.