Tigers ‘Confident’ In Market For Galarraga

The Tigers believe there’s a market for Armando Galarraga, the right-handed pitcher who agreed to a $2.3MM deal one day before getting designated for assignment. Since few viable free agent starters remain and a number of teams are looking for pitching, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski says he’s 'confident' the team will be able to move Galarraga.

“It’s not like I have a for sure deal, but I do have enough clubs that have asked me about him,” Dombrowski said on a conference call with reporters.

If the Tigers demote Galarraga to the minor leagues, they’re responsible for his $2.3MM salary. If they release him, they’ll be responsible for part of his contract, depending on the date of his release and whether another club signs him.

The Tigers also announced their one-year deal with Brad Penny, the pitcher who ousted Galarraga from Detroit’s rotation. Penny missed the last four months of the 2010 season with a shoulder strain, but the Tigers have put him through physicals, examined MRIs and determined that the 32-year-old is in 'tremendous shape.'

“When Brad Penny is healthy, we think he’s a good pitcher,” Dombrowski said. “And we think he’s healthy.”

Though Dombrowski acknowledged that there’s always some risk involved when signing pitchers, he said Penny has the upside to be much more than a fifth starter.

“He does not have back of the rotation stuff,” Dombrowski said, before praising the right-hander’s mid-90s fastball, breaking ball and change-up.

Now that the Tigers have added the two-time All-Star to their rotation, Dombrowski says the team’s rotation projects to be better than it was a year ago. Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello are still developing, Justin Verlander is one of the best pitchers in the game and the Tigers believe in Phil Coke’s ability to transition to the rotation.

“We’re happy,” Dombrowski said of his team’s offseason. “I think a lot of clubs say that and I’ll be a lot happier if we’re playing late into October.”


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64 Comments on "Tigers ‘Confident’ In Market For Galarraga"


InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 6 months ago

Well Dave, I know Armando isn’t going to net anything spectacular, but at least get a decent prospect back. We could have really used the depth Galaragga would have provided us with.

ToledoFan
4 years 6 months ago

We do have some depth for starters

Oliver
Thomas
Ketchner
Furbush
Albaquerque
Crosby (if ready)
Turner (long shot)

It would have been nice to have a proven starter in the wings, but we have enough talent to get by i think. We can always trade for a 5th guy at the deadline if we are in it and we need one.

4 years 6 months ago

Crosby is nowhere near ready… either is Ketchner, Furbursh or anyone else you listed besides Oliver… and even he will struggle…

ToledoFan
4 years 6 months ago

Like I said. This only comes into play if one of the starters goes down early in the year or if Coke or Penny are just really really bad. Unfortunantly, as luck would have it, the Tigers lost pretty much all the in house 6th starters they had this offseason.

Miner
Bonine
Figaro (aka 161)

Like I said, It would have been nice to have a 6th man waiting for insurance, and if the Tigers are in it and a starter goes down, they have enough pieces to limp along till they can trade for a back end starter at mid season. Maybe DD trades Galarraga for a swing man/long reliever who is cheaper or is blocked from a starting job on another team.

This isn’t the end of the season. Coke and Penny and the rest may very well do well in the rotation. This is just putting together another backup plan, having lost your current backup plan.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 6 months ago

That isn’t the depth I’m talking about. I would keep Galaragga around so we don’t ever have to start Albaquerque, Brad Thomas or any other scrub. Turner needs to stay in the minors all year, and Oliver proved he needed more seasoning too. Crosby is no where near ready, he just had TJ surgery.

ballmich
4 years 6 months ago

No offense, but this list isn’t even close to accurate. I’m pretty sure Ketchner is not longer with the organization. Alburquerque isn’t a starter. Crosby really hasn’t pitched in a year and is slated for A ball. Thomas may be the long guy, but unlikely they ever put him in the rotation for anything more than a spot start.

More accurately the depth as things stand currently:

Enrique Gonzalez
Chris Oxspring
Andy Oliver
Thad Weber
LJ Gagnier
Charlie Furbush
Brooks Brown

I think if the start aligned perfectly, you might see Turner in the last half of the season, but pretty unlikely.

ToledoFan
4 years 6 months ago

Well, I’m not an expert. I was going off the list of guys I remember being starters in Toledo last year who did well. I suppose your list sounds better. Though I am not familiar with Oxpring or Weber.

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 6 months ago

I’d give you Ryan Doumit for Galaragga. he’s a great option for DH!

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 6 months ago

We have about 4 DH’s as it is…

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 6 months ago

Who exactly? I know Martinez and Cabrera will split time at DH, but Boesch is your RF.

4 years 6 months ago

The Venezuelans Martinez, Cabrera, Guillen, and Ordonez will be splitting time at DH, with VMart getting most of those. Maggs will be the every day RF with Boesch getting a look here and there. In no way is Boesch the every day RF. Boesch and Wells could possibly get days at DH as well.

pirates20
4 years 6 months ago

Dude exactly what i was thinking! It would benefit both clubs. The Pirates with their pitching rotation depth, and the Tigers could always use an extra bat (possibly a DH option like you indicated). I only hope this deal could come to the forefront. I’m sure all Pirates fans can back me on this one. It’s a must to get Doumit out of Pittsburgh.

airohpue13
4 years 6 months ago

Having a guy to come off the bench and DH when Victor is catching for that salary is not worth it at all.

pirates20
4 years 6 months ago

Wow…. how could I forget that the Tigers signed V-Mart. You make a valid point then. Still I’d like to see the Pirates monitor this guy, and try to work out a possible trade. We need all the help we can get in the pitching department.

4 years 6 months ago

Armando and Scott sizemore for Neil Walker! Let’s do it!!

4 years 6 months ago

I hope Ryan Doumit has a career year for the Pirates in 2011!!

jphenix2002
4 years 6 months ago

I can’t imagine there is much of a market for him at this point

METfan201
4 years 6 months ago

Il give u fernando martinez lol

LiveFastCyYoung
4 years 6 months ago

Would take that in a heartbeat.

4 years 6 months ago

Not much market for him. I think he was an insurance plan in case they did not get a Penny type of pitcher since it wasn’t assured the Tigers were interested in trying to retain him at the end of last season. The Tigers will get something back for him, but nothing substantial. Giving him the 2.5 million contract just gives him a guarantee he will get good compensation for money owed to his career. A ballclub in the National League will pick up at least a good portion of it and if they’re paying that money, they will have to honor him as a real starter potential. With Andy Oliver available now and Jacob Turner rising up fast, he’s just not starter potential in Detroit right now.

diehardmets
4 years 6 months ago

I’d like the Mets to snag him. He’d be good at Citi.

tdw815
4 years 6 months ago

I would love to see him in Queens too.

4 years 6 months ago

Maybe a fit for the Yankees? They certainly could use rotation depth. He must be better than Sergio Mitre at least.

4 years 6 months ago

He’s not better than Mitre.

Green_Monster
4 years 6 months ago

Maybe not better but equal to. I would much rather have Galaragga.

4 years 6 months ago

So Galarraga was the 26th best guy on the Tigers roster? Seriously?

tiger313
4 years 6 months ago

It had nothing to do with 1-25 and the 26th is the odd man out. This was all about our pitching rotation and he just didnt fit the bill. People take account too much into his perfect game and his rookie season in 08. 09-10 were terrible as were the whole back end of our rotation. If we get something for him, great, if we dont, no loss, and if he goes to the minors, then more depth.

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 6 months ago

He’s not number 26…but with Penny signed, he’s definitely close.

Gumby65
4 years 6 months ago

Brad Penny doesn’t have back of the rotation stuff. Apparently though, he doesn’t have American League stuff either.

4 years 6 months ago

because a half season in the A.L. over rides the rest of career… SMALL SAMPLE SIZE

Gumby65
4 years 6 months ago

Lighten up =) It was there for the taking & I actually liked Penny in LA when he wasn’t hurt (or butthurt).

4 years 6 months ago

You Junior League fans are insufferable. Look at the stats of current relievers in baseball who have played in both leagues then get back to me.

4 years 6 months ago

I guess it must’ve been an American League team that wiped the floor with the 2006 Detroit Tigers.

4 years 6 months ago

…..you should have actually watched that series. The Tigers wiped the floor with themselves. Had they played the same Baseball they did against the Yankees and A’s the outcome would have been different, they were clearly the favorite to win and had the most momentum going into the series.

optionn
4 years 6 months ago

This has Pirates written all over it. Why get rid of him? Doesnt make sense to at this point.

Joe Napoli
4 years 6 months ago

There should always be a market for a league average pitcher signed to a below market price.

metsman
4 years 6 months ago

absoltuely, no chance he clears waivers, I’d Like to get him to Citifield, how funny would it be if he ended up with the Mets first perfect game?

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up on the Nats.

hoochmonkey9
4 years 6 months ago

I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up a Nat.

Beacher20
4 years 6 months ago

How about the Cubs and Tigers swap some pitchers? Cubs have some middle of the road guys in Wells, Coleman, Gorzelanny; one of those fellas could pitch out of the pen if Mr. Coke does in fact make the transition. Plus it’s always good to have a guy hanging around who could start in a pinch. I’m not sure I like it for the Cubs, unless they manage to sell high on Gorzelanny, then maybe they could also net a prospect (that rumored deal with him going to Washington didn’t look half bad. ) I don’t know why, but Galarraga seems apeapealing- maybe I have bnot been watching enough American League ball…

tdot32
4 years 6 months ago

there’s no market for spot starters who can’t beat brad penny, who has a history of being injured, and phil coke who has one start in the majors. the tigers should just hold on to galarraga so he can obtain some value or at the very least serve as a back up starter to both those guys.

woadude
4 years 6 months ago

Seattle will trade you Matt Tuiassoppo for Galarraga.

4 years 6 months ago

orioles have the right fit for him just depends on how much the tiger want to get back in return

goredsgo
4 years 6 months ago

He fits right into the Nats plans. Heck, he could even be their Opening Day starter if he has a good spring

mgsports
4 years 6 months ago

Tom G. is a Nat know. I would say Marlins or Royals or so on.

Leonard Washington
4 years 6 months ago

Nats, Padres, Mariners?

4 years 6 months ago

…or Baltimore or Texas or anywhere. How much can Detroit really expect in return once he’s been DFA’d? Does that typically result in less of a return than if the team trades the player without designating him? Loss of leverage, no?

ballmich
4 years 6 months ago

Possibly, but reportedly there is a fair level of interest. I’m not sure why the Gorlezanny deal isn’t a decent baseline for what to expect. However, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Dombrowski try to place AG in a good situation, versus seeking the maximum trade value. It also wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Tigers take an inferior package to insure that they don’t have to pick up any of AG’s contract. I don’t think they will pay any of his contract, unless they can’t find a deal that doesn’t require that. Just my speculation.