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Reds sign right-hander Armando Galarraga to minor league contract

Jan 22, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Reds have signed right-hander Armando Galarraga to a minor league contract. Mark Sheldon of hears that the deal doesn’t include a spring training invite with the big club, though he could presumably make his way over if he impresses in camp.

Galarraga, best known for his near perfect game with the Tigers in 2010, has a combined 13 starts at the major league level over the past two seasons. The 31-year-old posted a 6.75 ERA over five starts with the Astros last season and a 3.97 ERA in 10 starts with the club’s Class A and Triple-A affiliates.

The Reds have more arms than they have spots in their rotation, so much so that Mike Leake will be squeezed out to make room for Aroldis Chapman. In other words, Galarraga will merely function as depth.

  1. contraryguy - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Spring training depth at most. This guy has signed with and been cut by 3 teams since leaving Detroit, didn’t make O’s roster out of camp last year. Yawn.

    • junglerat524 - Jan 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      Not quite at most. If Brian Price can work his magic and get this guy throwing decent again he could be used in many ways. Depth like you said in Louisville or trade bait. Nothing to lose here.

  2. dcfan4life - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    I have never seen a pitcher pitch a perfect game (ya technically he didnt but we all know he did) and be so bad literally every other time out. Just boggles the mind really.

    • darthicarus - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Philip Humber tried his best to not be great

      • jarathen - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        If Galaragga’s Imperfect Game wasn’t proof that perfect games are statistical flukes, Philip Humber’s was.

      • dcfan4life - Jan 22, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        Philip Humber was bad, but at least he had a decent game or 2 post perfect game. Galaragga never had anything close to a decent game after that.

  3. Minoring In Baseball - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    I’ll never forget his ‘perfect’ game with the Tigers. I was surprised to see the first base bag in the Hall of Fame museum, too:

    All the best to him, hope he can be productive.

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