Gallo signed a one-year, $6.2 million contract with the Rangers on Friday to avoid arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The 27-year-old struggled with a .679 OPS and 10 home runs in 226 plate appearances during 2020, but he nonetheless received a raise for next season. Gallo had an OPS of at least .810 in each of the previous three seasons and will look to recapture that form in 2021.
Gallo went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 7-2 win over the Angels. Gallo opened the scoring with a two-run shot off Julio Teheran in the first inning. It marked the slugger's 10th homer of the season and brought his RBI tally to 25. Overall, the outfielder holds a disappointing .187/.311/.416 slash line on the campaign.
Gallo isn't starting Saturday against the Angels. Gallo went 2-for-15 with one RBI, one walk and nine strikeouts over the last four games. Eli White will start in right field in his place.
Gallo is not in Sunday's lineup against the Athletics. He is hitting .214 with two home runs and a 38.3 percent strikeout rate in 13 games this month. Eli White starts in right field and will bat eighth.
Gallo went 2-for-5 with a walk, a double, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored across both games of a doubleheader against the Athletics on Saturday. Gallo produced the majority of his line in the second game, smacking his ninth home run of the season in the sixth inning. It was only his second long ball since Aug. 19, and he produced only seven RBI and seven runs scored in that span. Overall, Gallo has maintained a .192/.326/.425 line across 175 plate appearances this season.