While examining possible trade options for a starting pitcher, it’s been noted that Detroit’s Armando Galarraga could be made available. Well, he’s really available now because the Tigers designated him for assignment earlier today.
Galarraga agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million deal a day earlier, but he wasn’t really off the board. The Tigers needed to make room for Brad Penny, and Galarraga apparently is the odd man out.
Galarraga came within a blown call by first base umpire Jim Joyce of throwing a perfect game last season, but he also finished 4-9 with a 4.49 ERA in 25 games and made a brief trip to the minors after starting against the Orioles on July 5 at Camden Yards. He’s 10-19 over the last two seasons after going 13-7 with a 3.73 ERA in 2008.
Continue to keep him in mind, especially since the remaining starters on the free-agent market are less than inspiring. Manager Buck Showalter isn’t comfortable with “six for five,” as he calls it. He wants more competition for the rotation.
It really is a small world after all.
Update: From what I’m hearing, it doesn’t sound like the Orioles have much interest in Galarraga. They’re not overly impressed beyond the near-perfect game. Don’t write him off completely, but I wouldn’t expect him to join the rotation.