Another Dodger outfielder will be heading to the Midwest for the 2023 season. ESPN baseball insider Jeff Passan announced that Joey Gallo will become a Minnesota Twin.
Outfielder Joey Gallo and the Minnesota Twins are in agreement on a one-year contract, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 16, 2022
Gallo and the Twins agreed to a one-year, $11 million contract. The former All-Star will be heading back to the American League after spending his first seven and a half seasons with the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.
The Dodgers traded for Gallo at the 2022 trade deadline. After being in the mix for the Juan Soto sweepstakes and failing to acquire him, L.A. landed with Gallo instead, putting him out of his misery in New York.
The 29-year-old will look to return to the All-Star form that he was in as a Ranger as he slashed .211/.336/.497 with a .833 OPS, hitting 145 home runs and 317 RBIs.
His half-a-season as a Dodger was no different from his two seasons in New York. His batting average was three points higher in Dodger blue (.162), slugging was higher by 25 points (.393), and his OPS was higher by 11 points (.671).
Overall, he couldn’t find his nack in the lineup and didn’t contribute at all in the 2022 postseason with L.A.
His time in Los Angeles was very short-lived, but he gave us a ton of laughs alongside Hanser Alberto in the clubhouse and some pretty awesome dingers.
Good luck to Joey, and we wish him the best with the Twins.