Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tigers Agree to $2.3 Million Contract With Armando; Designate For Assignment

Armando "28 out perfect game" Galarraga is a guy that has had an up and down run with the Tigers. HE has had a decent season, and a couple mediocre to awful ones. The latter being most of 2010 except for his perfect game.

By tendering Galarraga a contract last month, the Tigers had already committed to sign him for 2011. The amount would either be negotiated (as it was) or would have been determined in arbitration. These deals are not guaranteed, so if the Tigers end up releasing Galarraga, they would owe him only a fraction of the $2.3 million.

The Tigers now have 10 days to trade or release him, or send him outright to the minors. Not as absurd I guess as it sounds on its face, but it is still strange.

Any trade will get us very little. Maybe a RP, or a spec that we can't use this year. Of course stranger things have happened, and someone might just love him enough to make it worth our while. At the same time the Tigers have at least 2 rotation spots that you really can't depend on. Armando was a little bit of insurance for Coke who has never pitched as a starter for a full season, or newly signed Brad Penny who is oft-injured. Regardless having him as a 6th starter he likely would have had about 10 starts this year no matter how it went. best diet pills

I guess what it comes down to is if the Tigers think they have better options, or they can get something of real value for Armando. I am not exactly a huge fan of having the guy in the rotation anytime soon, but he has the experience. He certainly could be in the long relief role too and be a spot starter all year. Again I am not really fussed about this, but it does seem like an odd move on its face. Hopefully something of consequence comes from it.

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