Yankees finalizing deal for Joey Gallo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Yankees are going for it.

They are close to acquiring Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo on Wednesday night, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed.

Gallo, long coveted in The Bronx, was scratched from the Rangers’ lineup Wednesday. He would give the Yankees some much-needed left-handed power.

He is owed slightly more than $2 million this season, which would allow the Yankees to stay under the $210 million luxury-tax threshold.

He is still arbitration eligible and won’t become a free agent until after next season.

The 27-year-old is another high-walk, high-strikeout option. He has 25 home runs and an OPS of .869 this season after a disappointing 2020.

Gallo can play first and third base in addition to the outfield, and is a Gold Glove right fielder.

The Yankees are trading for Rangers slugger Joey Gallo.
The Yankees are trading for Rangers slugger Joey Gallo.
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The pending move comes after another outfielder, Miami’s Starling Marte, was shipped to Oakland — and with less than 48 hours to go until Friday’s trade deadline.

Unlike in previous seasons, there is no non-waiver deadline, so all deals must be complete by Friday.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Gallo would join a lineup that also includes Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton — both of whom have been hindered by injuries.

Gallo has appeared in 95 games for the Rangers this season — his highest total since he played 148 — and hit 40 homers in 2018.

He would come to a club looking for an offensive spark, as the lineup has been a major disappointment this year. The team was called out this month by managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, who indicated he didn’t want the Yankees to become sellers at the deadline.

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