Key piece Yankees sent away in Joey Gallo trade set to make MLB debut

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OAKLAND, Calif. – The Yankees sacrificed some of their future to address their present when they sent prospects to the Cubs and Rangers to acquire Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo.

The returns on Rizzo and Gallo will be determined by how far the Yankees advance this October.

And the Rangers are set to get their first look at one of the key arms they got back from the Yankees for Gallo, and lefty Joely Rodriguez, when Glenn Otto makes his MLB debut Friday for Texas.

The 25-year-old right-hander was called upon in part due to the Rangers dealing with COVID-19 cases. Prior to the trade, Otto pitched well at Double-A Somerset and made two starts at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he gave up five runs in 10 ⅓ innings, but also struck out 12.

He was better after the deal with Triple-A Round Rock, amassing a 2.70 ERA in 20 innings over four starts.

The Yankees drafted Otto out of Rice University in the fifth round in 2017.

Glenn Otto pitches for the minor league Surprise Saguaros.
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The other three prospects the Yankees traded, Ezequiel Duran, Trevor Hauer and Josh Smith, remain in the minors.

While the Yankees aren’t shy about trading away minor leaguers to get major league talent – and it typically pays off – they got a reminder of the danger of it Thursday, when they faced Oakland’ James Kaprielian.

Kaprielian was a first-round pick by the Yankees, and a key piece to the trade that brought Sonny Gray from Oakland to The Bronx.

Gray was a famously bad fit and he was shipped to Cincinnati after an unsuccessful season and a half with the Yankees.

The right-hander regained his All-Star form with the Reds, and Kaprielian has overcome injury issues to become a solid starter for the A’s – although the Yankees hit him hard in Thursday’s victory in Oakland.

Joey Gallo belts a home run for the Yankees.
Joey Gallo belts a home run for the Yankees.
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If Gallo shrugs off his slow start since coming to the Yankees – he hit a three-run homer Thursday – the future of Otto and the rest of the prospects won’t weigh heavily on the Yankees’ mind.

But they’ll soon find out what they gave up.

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