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Armando Galarraga designated for assignment

Jan 18, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

Armando Galarraga

It’s been a weird year for Armando Galarraga. The near-perfect game. Being turned into an unexpected role model for forgiveness. Being sent down to Toledo for eight games.  Looking like the odd man out in the rotation this winter. Unexpectedly reaching a deal avoiding arbitration late yesterday. And then this today:

One day after agreeing to terms with him on a $2.3MM contract for 2011, the Tigers have designated Armando Galarraga for assignment. The team announced the move on Twitter, while making its deal with Brad Penny official. Galarraga’s contract is non-guaranteed, though the Tigers would owe him termination pay if they were to release him.

Someone call Galarraga and make sure he hasn’t gone crazy yet. Someone call the Tigers and ask why they tendered him a contract to begin with.

Within ten minutes of this news hitting the wire my Yankees fan friends on Twitter began wondering whether Galarraga would make a good addition to the Bombers’ staff. My sense: meh. He’s more famous than he is good by virtue of the near-perfect game. If that hadn’t happened — against the punchless Indians, no less — he’d be unremarkable.  He lets a lot of men on base. He doesn’t strike out a ton of guys.  I think he may be more interesting than a bunch of Sergio Mitre starts, but it’s not like you’re getting some diamond in the rough by signing him.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Another pitcher that within 45 minutes the Yankees will have interest in according to every sports site imaginable.

    • phukyouk - Jan 18, 2011 at 4:17 PM

      the Guys got class… he wont fit into NY. but i would take him over Millwood and Garcia. hes young, right?

      • BC - Jan 18, 2011 at 4:53 PM

        I think he’s about 27-28.

      • phukyouk - Jan 18, 2011 at 6:55 PM

        Damn. At that age you gotta be stupid not to sign him. Figure he’ll get 2 mil tops plus incentives its almost a no brained. If tbe yanks can they should grab him.

      • phukyouk - Jan 18, 2011 at 6:56 PM

        Stupid autocorrect. Brained=brainer.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2011 at 7:41 PM

        To phukyouk – if you were Cashman who would you trade to the Tigers for Galarraga?

    • phukyouk - Jan 18, 2011 at 8:12 PM

      seeing as how he was DFAd i would assume that they would not expect alot in return so yes… i would trade for him assuming its a A/AA player or something like that. this is one kid that i think is worth the risk. its not that he has overpowering or electric stuff but hes young , cheap and if you work out the kinks could be a nice #4. this of course is assuming that Andy is not coming back. if he is coming back then you have Nova in the 5 spot with AJ in the 4 spot so you dont need Galaragga.

      • joshv02 - Jan 19, 2011 at 9:50 AM

        Pettitte is a nice #4. Galarraga is a decent #5.

  2. marshmallowsnake - Jan 18, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    You had me up until you combined the words, “Yankee fan,” with “friends.” We all know they do not have any friends…

  3. Utley's Hair - Jan 18, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Agreeing to $2+ million one day and DFAd the next? That’s cold. I’m guessing there are ways to weasle out of it if so, but wouldn’t that be a form of a breach of verbal contract or something?

  4. BC - Jan 18, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    The poor dude. Man, keep all sharp objects away from him. That totally sux for him.

  5. baseballstars - Jan 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    I’ll always consider that one start as a perfect game, even if the official record never does. As a Yankees fan, I’ll take Galarraga over Garcia and Millwood any day.

    • pisano - Jan 18, 2011 at 5:45 PM

      Amen!

  6. Panda Claus - Jan 18, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Welcome to Baltimore Armando. Now if he passes through waivers unclaimed, I’d say welcome to Tampa or KC.

  7. joshv02 - Jan 18, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Craig: Tender date was Dec. 2, 2010. Since that date, Galarraga has been under contract with the Tigers, the amount was the only bit to be determined. As they didn’t sign Penny until this week, I don’t think assuming the Tigers should have known six weeks ago that they’d sign Penny is a fair criticism. It is a fair question as to if Penny will be any better in 2011 than Galarraga, however; but that’s a different question.

    Utley’s Hair: the contract Galarraga signed (like virtually all arbitration eligible player contracts) is non-guaranteed prior to the season. Depending on when he is released, AG gets either 30 or 45 days pay, iirc, until the seasons starts when the contract becomes guaranteed. No weaseling required.

  8. Andrew - Jan 18, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Wow, giving Galarraga a contract and then designated him for assignment the next day is like the Vikings cutting Marcus Robinson on Christmas Eve.

  9. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 18, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    I can only imagine he’ll have no shortage of suitors in the weeks ahead. If he’s smart he’ll do the one-year type of thing in San Diego to boost his value. He’s always been solid (not great, mind you, but solid) against right-handers. Perhaps he’s better suited for a relief role?!

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