The San Diego Padres have been in an arms race with the Los Angeles Dodgers for supremacy in the NL West, and it looks like they could add even more firepower to their roster.
The Padres currently trail the San Francisco Giants by 1.5 games in the division, but they’ve been struggling as of late, losing six of their last 10 games. Outside of Fernando Tatis Jr., the Padres offense has been underwhelming this season.
However, it’s possible that they could bring in a reinforcement in the form of Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo.
“One potential target is Rangers slugger Joey Gallo,” The Athletic’s Dennis Lin wrote. "[Jayce] Tingler and general manager A.J. Preller are familiar with Gallo from their time in Texas. San Diego pursued both the outfielder and starting pitcher Lance Lynn last summer, balking when the [Texas] Rangers asked about such prospects as CJ Abrams and Luis Patiño. According to sources, the Padres remain particularly interested in Gallo, but the asking price might still be prohibitive. Gallo is making $6.2 million in his penultimate year before free agency, can play all three outfield positions and has drawn attention from other contenders. When healthy (Gallo has played through some hamstring issues), few players can match his blend of power and on-base skills.”
Gallo, 27, is hitting only .207 this season, but he’s smacked 10 homers and drawn 45 walks, which leads the league. San Diego is 20th in the league in home runs this season, and with outfielder Trent Grisham on the 10-day injured list, the Padres could bolster their offense with Gallo.
He certainly won’t be cheap, as the rebuilding Rangers will likely want to maximize their return for arguably their best player, but if the Padres are serious about winning a World Series this season, it may be worth the price.
WynnBET currently has the Padres’ odds to win the World Series (+700) behind only the Dodgers (+300). Since both teams are in the same division, the regular season takes on even more importance as it will decide which team gets home field advantage in the playoffs.
With Grisham and Austin Nola out of the lineup, the Padres have been piecing together a team that has seen Jurickson Profar start in center field. With outfielders Tommy Pham and Will Myers both hitting below .250, there certainly would be playing time if Gallo were acquired.
This offseason, the Padres went all in on their pitching, as they traded for Yu Darvish, Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove. It’s worked, as San Diego has the best earned run average in baseball at 2.89, but it’s time the offense catches up and gives them a legitimate chance to win it all.