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UPDATE: The Armando Galarraga trade is official

Jan 24, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

Armando Galarraga

UPDATE: The Armando Galarraga trade is official, reports Jason Beck. The Tigers get Kevin Eichhorn and lefty reliever Ryan Robowski. The Diamondbacks are responsible for all of Galarraga’s salry.

12:28 PM:  The Galarraga-to-Arizona trade has gone from talks to “likely” to “on the verge” of happening according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. The trade could be done today. The Tigers will get 20-year-old right-hander Kevin Eichhorn and “another player” in return, according to Gilbert’s source.

9:49 AM, Sunday: Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told Jason Beck of MLB.com on Saturday that right-hander Armando Galarraga, who was recently designated for assignment, was “likely” going to be traded within the next several days.  Now a suitor has been identified.

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks are making a “strong push” to land Galarraga and have discussed a trade involving 20-year-old righty Kevin Eichhorn.

Galarraga, like most pitchers, would probably do well in a move from the American League to the National League, and the Diamondbacks would have no trouble squeezing him into the back end of their rotation.  He’s not a dominant starting pitcher, but he has been highly effective for stretches of his career and a change of scenery might do him some good.

Eichhorn, the prospect who could be headed to the Tigers, is a 20-year-old third-round selection from the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft.  He hasn’t made it out of Single-A yet and has an unremarkable 4.80 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 105 minor league innings.  His strikeout rates have been nice, but the righty is a long way from prospect leaderboards and even further from the major leagues.

  1. heiniemanush - Jan 23, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Oh, boy.

  2. spudchukar - Jan 23, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Why would a contending team, the Tigers, rid themselves of a serviceable starter who still can make a positive contribution for a Class A hopeful who is years away from success? Especially when you consider that Porcello is coming off a seriously disappointing year, with only one good season on his resume, and Scherzer who has consistently been shelved with arm ailments.
    And why would a revamped, young, emerging, yet by most accounts still a year or so away from serious contention organization take on an older, used, hurler who may have already seen his best days? I guess it is unfair to call Gallaraga old, and maybe it is a salary dump but the rationale puzzles me.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Jan 23, 2011 at 4:37 PM

      Yeah, I don’t totally get the move either when Porcello and Penny are no “locks” in the rotation. Mad Max has had his issues over the years and even Verlander has had some rough stretches. Phil Coke will be trying to make the transition to full-time starter.

      There’s just too many question marks to “give away” a guy who–if nothing else–has proven to be a serviceable back-of-the-rotation arm for a few years now. Granted, I’m not a big league GM, so what do I know?!

    • lorddarkhelmet - Jan 24, 2011 at 12:01 AM

      Agreed. I think the team is hopeful some of their minor league talent can make the jump up to majors for short stretched when needed (and make no mistake, the Tigers have some serious pitching talent in the minors). I don’t necessarily think being hopeful is a good strategy. I have read that they don’t believe he would be effective out of the pen though and he is out of minor league options.

      From the Rays standpoint, he is still fairly young. He will never be a star, but has shown signs of being a slightly better than serviceable 4th or 5th starter and he is cheap (both salary and the price paid to acquire him). It really is kind of a no brainer.

  3. BC - Jan 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Don’t understand this one at all.

  4. Elwood Larf - Jan 24, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Where were the Yankees in all of this? Unless the pricetag was too high, the Yankees are going to go up against The Red Sox and Rays, not to mention the upstart O’s and Jays with two AAA starters in their rotation.

  5. deathtoallpoets - Jan 24, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    its a decent pick up for arizona, but i don’t understand why the Tigers would let him go for a prospect that is very far off. Detroit needs good starters, maybe they have some young arms ready to throw in the bigs. I don’t see Gallaraga with the Yankees either. The NL is going to suit him a little better with the stuff he throws.

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