One of the New York Yankees’ biggest weaknesses is the right field, specifically Joey Gallo. Director Aaron Boone can’t use Giancarlo Stanton as a daily defender anymore, which automatically means Gallo is receiving a lot of reps.
However, General Manager Brian Cashman will have an opportunity at the trade deadline to remedy the situation and replace Gallo’s incompetence at the hitter fund.
This season, Gallo hits 0.165 with a 27.7% base rate and 0.325 lag. He hit just nine teammates with 18 RBI, and scored a strike rate of 39.7%, the highest in his career.
Three outside players the Yankees can target in the trade deadline:
1.) Anthony Santander
One of the best options the Yankees could target is Baltimore Orioles right-hander, Anthony Santander.
Santander is a toggle switch at 6’2″ and 235 pounds. The 27-year-old will be a free agent in 2025, so the Bombers will have several years of team control.
This season, Santander is 0.232 with a 32.2% baseline average, 15 homer, and 40 RBIs. He has the best 10.1% walking rate of his career and a 20.2% strike rate. In general, it would have completely flushed Gallo out of the water in terms of production. At Yankee Stadium he might be able to knock out 30+ people on a yearly basis, but the Orioles won’t give it up on the cheap.
If the Yankees can hold him back without giving up one of their best prospects, it might be worth inquiring about his services.
2.) Andrew Benintende
Another great option is Andrew Benintendi of the Kansas City Royals. Benintende is 27 years old on a one-year deal worth $8.5 million. Given his contract status, the Yankees will be able to get him for much less than Santander or any other big player.
Benintendi hits 0.308 this season with a 37% based rate, three Homers, and 29 RBI. As a left-handed, Benintende underestimated power, reaching 17 homes last season in Kansas City. Its 38% damage rate, 4.9% barrel rate, and 89.2 mph exit speed are all solid numbers. Last season, it showed an 8.9% barrel rating with a firing angle of 15.4 degrees, which is why it hit more crawlers.
The Royals have been disappointing this season, posting a record 29-48. They’re obviously going to become sellers by the deadline, so the Yankees might be able to get the Benintendi on the cheap.
3.) Ian Hap
If Cashman wanted to go with a more powerful offensive player, Ian Happ of the Chicago Cubs would be a good fit. Hap is up to 0.285 with a 38% base rate this season as a substitution racket. He hit eight customers with 37 RBIs, but saw some of his hardest hit metrics drop. Its barrel ratio is 8.2%, but it’s still a killer in a batter box.
Looking at Hub’s projected trails in the park, only four of his buddies had removed the outer wall at Yankee Stadium. With the Hub running at 12.7% and coming off at only 20%, it would be a welcome addition to the Yankees’ lineup, as it glides on smoothly.
Defensively, Hub has experience playing multiple positions, including three different ground points and each outdoor position.
Happ plays primarily on the left field, appearing in 586.1 innings this year with a 993 score. If the Yankees acquire Happ, that would indicate Aaron Hicks’ change of position to the right side. However, it would be very difficult to trade Ian given the monster pack that Chicago wants in return.