Rangers agree to terms with Joey Gallo, Isaiah Kiner-Falefa


ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has agreed to terms with outfielder Joey Gallo and infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa on one-year contracts for the 2021 season.  No further terms were disclosed.

Gallo and Kiner-Falefa were the only Rangers who were eligible for salary arbitration in 2021.

Both Gallo (right field) and Kiner-Falefa (third base) won 2020 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for the American League, the 10th time for the Rangers to have multiple winners in a single season and first instance since 2016.

Gallo led Texas in walks (29), extra-base hits (18), and home runs (tied-10) last season, leading all Texas position players with a 0.8 FanGraphs WAR figure.  According to Baseball Info Solutions (BIS), Gallo’s 12 total runs saved in right field in 2020 were the second-most of any player at any position in the Majors, trailing only Colorado’s Nolan Arenado (15 runs saved at third base).

Kiner-Falefa was selected Rangers 2020 Player of the Year by the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the BBWAA.  He batted a team-high .280 and led Texas in hits (59), runs (28), and total bases (78).  Kiner-Falefa’s baseball-reference.com WAR figure of 2.0 led all Rangers position players and his 11 total defensive runs saved in 2020 ranked third in MLB to only Arenado (15) and Gallo (12).

From Rangers PR staff reports