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Joey Gallo Signs 1 year Deal with Nationals

The Washington Nationals solidified a roster vacancy by signing left handed power hitter Joey Gallo. One of the newest offseason additions, the 2x All Star and 2x Gold Glove utility player has joined the National League East squad hoping to bring experience to a young team.

The deal is for $5 million, including $1 million in performance bonuses. 

“For us, it was a good fit in terms of being able to go somewhere and get to play and get a good opportunity to get at bats and move around the field,” Gallo said. “I really like the [Nationals] team – it is always a fun group to play against.”

Gallo struggled offensively last season, only hitting .177, while collecting 40 RBIs with a .741 OPS in 111 games. On the positive side, he still slashed 21 home runs in just 332 plate appearances. 

While his average has never been that of other All Stars, hitting .197 for his career, the Nationals are hoping he can have a bounce back year. The team plans for him to split playing time between first base and the outfield, as his versatility is one of his strengths.

“I do take pride in being able to move around the field, [being able to] play any position essentially.”

As Gallo enters his 10th Major League season, the Nationals hope he can contribute as a veteran on the field and in the clubhouse. Gallo can be a voice as a leader for this young team that has been rebuilding over the past few years.

“I had Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder – I had some very good leaders. I learned a lot from those guys and I feel like I can translate to help these young guys.”

While it is still not known Gallo’s full role, whether it be starting or off the bench, hopefully he can prove to be a valuable veteran piece for the Nationals season that they hope is full of growth.

Anna Laible
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