Yankees trade Joey Gallo to Los Angeles Dodgers

The Yankees knew what they were getting into with Joey Gallo.

All they had to do was imagine an outfielder almost as big as Giancarlo Stanton, who could play Golden Glove defense, was good with the media, and had an approach to the plate that eerily resembled that of Rob Dear. .

Walks, strikeouts, and home runs are often cited as the three true outcomes of baseball, and with Gallo, they seemed to be the only options available. In this sense, he fulfilled his promise.

Gallo’s final numbers are over 140 games with the Yankees ahead of the trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, which was announced Tuesday: .159 batting average, 25 homers, 77 walks and 194 strikeouts.

The three true scores, so named because they usually do not include defense other than pitcher and catcher, added up to 59 percent of his plate appearances, exceeding his previous career total with Texas of 58.2 percent. (For the record, Deer, often referred to as the king of all-or-nothing sluggers, provided one in three true scores only 49.1 percent of the time he appeared on the plate of his career.)

Things went so bad for Gallo last October that an article appeared criticizing him for the way he dresses before games. self-aware tweet.

Now, 28-year-old Gallo will start over in Los Angeles, where the Dodgers have been able to find use for players who have struggled elsewhere.

The Yankees acquired Gallo and Joely Rodriguez from the Texas Rangers last year for a package of three minor league players, all of whom are now in the major leagues. And he was sent to the Dodgers for Clayton Beeter, a Grade AA right-hander with a 4.59 ERA over the last two seasons. The difference in trading packages is a pretty clear indicator of how much Gallo stock has fallen.

But for the Dodgers, the chance they can change the ratio of his three true scores to something more productive makes Gallo worthy of a flier. And maybe the Los Angeles media won’t be as concerned about how he’s dressed.