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Source: Yankees consider Joey Gallo trade to smaller markets

NEW YORK – The Yankees spoke with teams about the trade of struggling outfielder Joey Gallo, and they targeted smaller markets thinking Gallo could turn around in a city with less control, a person with knowledge of the situation told NJ Advance Media. .

The person mentioned places like Milwaukee, San Diego, Tampa and Texas where “there’s no pressure.” The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

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Gallo’s run of futility in the Bronx continued Thursday night when he retired all three at bat in a 1-0 win over the Royals at Yankee Stadium.

His batting average dropped to .159 and his OPS dropped to .621. He’s hitting .084 (6 for 71) in his last 28 games.

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The Padres were thought to be interested in landing Gallo, but they apparently turned most of their attention to trading Nationals star Juan Soto, the person said. San Diego general manager AJ Preller was with Texas when Gallo was drafted. Randy Miller of NJ Advance Media reported Thursday morning that Gallo expected to be traded and hoped it would be to the Padres.

The Yankees apparently signaled the upcoming end of Gallo’s pinstripe tenure on Wednesday when they traded left fielder Andrew Benintendi to the Royals. In the deal, the Yankees sent a trio of lower-tier pitching prospects to Kansas City. Benintendi is expected to take over as the Yankees’ everyday outfielder, and he went hitless in four at-bats in his Thursday debut. Benintendi is hitting .316 with three home runs and a .776 OPS in 351 at-bats.

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