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In a move that was widely expected when the Yankees acquired Andrew Benintendi last week, the Yankees sent left-fielder Joey Gallo to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor-league right-handed pitcher Clayton Beeter.
Gallo was the Yankees' big acquisition at last year's trade deadline, as they brought in the slugger from the Texas Rangers, but it never clicked for him in New York. He had 25 home runs in 95 games with the Rangers before the, and then 13 here the rest of the way, although that was overshadowed by 88 strikeouts in 58 games with the Yankees
In 82 games this season, Gallo hit .159 (37-for-233) with 12 home runs, 24 RBI, 32 runs scored, 40 walks, and he racked up 106 strikeouts.
It got to a point where he literally was the only everyday player not producing on a team off to a historic start, as the Yankees are 70-34 through Monday's action.
Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, in his pregame press conference on Tuesday afternoon, said this is what he'll say to Gallo when he sees him before he leaves, "First and foremost, thank you, and obviously, look, we know it's been a tough, really, calendar year for him, and I don't know, I mean, I'll have a conversation with him, you know.
"I have a lot of respect for him, I have a lot of respect for how he worked, how he carried himself, who he was in that room, and I think a lot of us feel for the situation he was in, how he felt, and I think a lot us, myself included, very much hope that he recaptures what we all know he's capable of doing."
The pitcher the Yankees acquired from the Dodgers for Gallo is 23-year-old Clayton Beeter, who was deemed by Baseball America to have the "best curveball" among Dodgers minor league pitchers and was recently ranked by the publication as the No. 15 prospect in their organization. The native of Fort Worth, Texas, was originally selected by the L.A. in the second round of the 2020 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas Tech University.
In Double-A Tulsa this season, Beeter had a record of 0-3 with a 5.75 ERA in 18 games, 16 of which were starts. He threw 51.2 innings, and allowed 37 runs (33 earned), on 48 hits and 35 walks, with 88 strikeouts, and 10 home runs allowed. His 15.33 strikeouts per 9.0 innings this season rank second among all minor league pitchers who have thrown at least 50 innings.
In 2021, Better was an MiLB.com Organization All-Star after he posted a 3.44 ERA (52.1 IP, 38H, 24 R/20ER, 22BB, 78K, 5 HR) in 28 combined games (27 starts) with High-A Great Lakes and Double-A Tulsa.