2. Outfielder Joey Gallo will not be back with the Dodgers in 2023
The Los Angeles Dodgers did not do much at this year’s MLB trade deadline, but one of the moves that President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman made was to trade for two-time All-Star outfielder Joey Gallo.
Gallo was traded to the New York Yankees in July of 2021, but the slugger fell short of expectations. Not everyone is cut out for life in the Big Apple, and that was certainly the case for Gallo. During his time in the Bronx, Gallo hit just .159/.291/.368.
But Gallo found his way to LA at this year’s trade deadline, and while the number have been better, they’re still nowhere near the type of production the 28-year-old put up while with the Texas Rangers.
A free agent at the end of the season, Gallo is unlikely to be retained by the Dodgers. While it’s nearly impossible to see Gallo returning to New York, there’s surely some teams other the Yankees and Mets who’ll be looking to the slugger as a potential fit for the 2023 season.
Perhaps we’ll see Joey Gallo remain in southern California, and even remain part of the NL West. There’s been whispers for sometime about A.J. Preller’s interest in bringing Gallo to San Diego, so don’t sleep on the Padres signing the two-time Gold Glove Award-winner during the offseason.