Tigers Designate Galarraga For Assignment

One day after agreeing to terms with him on a $2.3MM contract for 2011, the Tigers have designated Armando Galarraga for assignment. The team announced the move on Twitter, while making its deal with Brad Penny official.

Galarraga's contract is non-guaranteed, though the Tigers would owe him termination pay if they were to release him.


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86 Comments on "Tigers Designate Galarraga For Assignment"


gigantes2425
4 years 6 months ago

That’s weird

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 6 months ago

Kind of odd that they’d sign him for $2.3MM then send him to Toledo is it not??
I really hope he makes the team. He’s by no means one of the five best starters on Detroit’s roster, but he could be a nice fill in as a spot starter/long reliever, I’d hate to see that money in Triple-A unless DD plans on bringing one more reliever on board.

sajjushah
4 years 6 months ago

I guess the 2.3M contract was for throwing 8.2 Innings of Perfect ball?

NickinIthaca
4 years 6 months ago

More like 9.1 innings of perfect ball…

sajjushah
4 years 6 months ago

Pretty sure it was 8.2. 9.1 means he threw into the 10 inning.

Civilization
4 years 6 months ago

If you base it by how many outs he wasn’t credited for then 9.1 is correct.

sajjushah
4 years 6 months ago

touche.

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

Welcome to the Yankees Armando.

4 years 6 months ago

Last 2 years:

Player A: 5.03 ERA 1.353 WHIP 5.2 K/9 2.5 BB/9 2.10 K/BB
Player B: 5.06 ERA 1.455 WHIP 5.3 K/9 3.7 BB/9 1.43 K/BB

Guess which one is Sergio Mitre and which one is Armando Galarraga?

I’ll give you a hint: Galarraga is the worse one.

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

Did Sergio Mitre throw an almost perfect game and react like a classy gentleman when it was ripped from his soul?

4 years 6 months ago

Kei Igawa once threw 6 shutout innings for the Yankees.

True facts.

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

He’s due for a break out year.

jwsox
4 years 6 months ago

does that make galarraga a better pitcher? no

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

and before you react, that was a total joke..

For some reason I thought Mitre was a lot older than Galarraga, and thus Galarraga was still young enough to “find it” …but thats not the case, so I stand corrected.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

The Yanks should be all over this guy. Sign him to a one year deal. Let him compete with Joba, Mitre and some of the kids for the 5th spot. Worse case scenario, I would release Mitre and let Galarraga be the long man. I would pick him over Garcia.

soxfan0928
4 years 6 months ago

Yankees need to pick him up like yesterday.

Or the Sox. I would release Atchison for Armando. He’d be a much better long relief/spot starter than Wakefield. I’d say release Wakefield, but they would never do that to Wake.

djones83
4 years 6 months ago

Galarraga is a righty.

soxfan0928
4 years 6 months ago

What’d I say. Dang it. Editing…

theroundsquare
4 years 6 months ago

Galaragga is a righty.

soxfan0928
4 years 6 months ago

Thanks. Got that from djones.

theroundsquare
4 years 6 months ago

I think me and D posted at the same time. But you’re welcome.

ea19
4 years 6 months ago

Were you saying that Galarraga is a lefty???

soxfan0928
4 years 6 months ago

no…

I don’t know why I had it in my head that he was a lefty. Stupid, I know. I’m at half speed today, my bad.

TwinsVet
4 years 6 months ago

Are you telling me they couldn’t have gotten some value for him in a trade? Seems odd to just jettison him for nothing…

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

yah. I was wondering the same thing . .

ea19
4 years 6 months ago

They designated him for assignment…..that means that they have 10 days to try and trade him, or just release him

TwinsVet
4 years 6 months ago

Right, but when you designate someone, you lose all trade negotiation leverage. Who’s going to make you a decent offer for a guy they could just get as a free agent in a week?

It’s not like he would have brought back premo prospects anyways, but you’d think a AA middle reliever with unspectacular potential could be had. After all, the Orioles paid that for JJ Hardy, and Armando is at least as attractive a player…

ea19
4 years 6 months ago

If he becomes a free agent he gets to choose, out of the teams that make an offer to him, where he wants to play. That is why a team will throw a prospect at the tigers to get him

ballmich
4 years 6 months ago

Interestingly, Brett Jacobson was a drafted by the Tigers. Traded to Baltimore for Huff who had two months that rival the worst offensive output by a player of all time. Then Baltimore traded Jacobson to the Twins for Hardy. I wouldn’t mind having Jacobson back.

MetsFanXXIII
4 years 6 months ago

Or outright him.

MadisonMariner
4 years 6 months ago

This is in response to both TwinsVet and metsfanxxiii really, even if it looks like I’m just responding to metsfanxxiii.

The problem here is that Galarraga was going to be the 5th starter for certain up to the time that Brad Penny was signed. So, it’s not as if they were going to trade him before that.

So, the problem became finding a spot on the 40-man roster for Brad Penny once he was signed. And since they had already tendered a contract to Galaragga,, and he does have value on the trade market…while at the same time, he’s not exactly a great loss if taken off of the 40-man roster…well, maybe you can see why they DFA’ed him. i.e. If they had better options in place last December, he likely wouldn’t have been tendered a contract in the first place and would have become a free agent then, and some team would have come along with a decent offer based on his near no-hitter by now anyway.

He really has struggled to achieve consistency at the MLB level and now that he is out of options, he’s in that murky gray area where he has enough service time to be arb-eligible, but not yet enough service time to refuse a first-time outright assignment(i.e. more than 5 years), and they may not want to risk losing him by placing him on assignment waivers(i.e. outright waivers). They may have to, yes, but I think the DFA is just an indication that they’re willing to listen to offers, and getting Brad Penny at the last minute(or close to the last minute) kind of forced their hand with the ensuing roster crunch.

So, yes, I think they’ll likely get some low-ball offer from a team looking to take a chance and they’ll take it. Like TwinsVet says, any team could just wait for him to clear unconditional release waivers and then sign him for the league minimum(with the Tigers paying his termination pay for the non-guaranteed contract). But I think some team will like the potential Galarraga showed with the 2010 near no-hitter and give up something to get him via trade in the next few days. :)

MetsFanXXIII
4 years 6 months ago

Maybe they wanted to hammer out an agreement with him so that when they did DFA him, teams would be reluctant to claim him off waivers and take on his salary. Then again, since it’s non guaranteed, maybe that wouldn’t faze them as much. In any case, it has to be resolved soon. Trade is definitely a strong possibility. I only originally commented because the OP forgot to mention that outright waivers were also a potential course of action, if not a likely one.

4 years 6 months ago

I think the nowheresville mudcats offered Eric Gagne and two season tickets for Galarraga, but the deal broke down when they wanted cash to cover his salary too.

Neil Tatro
4 years 6 months ago

he DID have a perfect game

stymeedone
4 years 6 months ago

What little trade value he had, just lessoned. Even with Brad Penny on board, there is nothing wrong with having depth. Can’t think of why they would need a roster spot. Maybe they think they can bring back Bonderman cheaper. Regardless, looks like this wasnt thought out well.

4 years 6 months ago

Dombrowski has never gone to arb in his history of managing the Tigers. I think he just wanted to keep that streak alive– but arb isn’t always a bad thing, DD!

4 years 6 months ago

hopefully Sabean puts in a waiver claim. giants need a sixth starter in case of injury.

rbeezy
4 years 6 months ago

This move makes no sense, Oliver to be the long man? Eithier that they sign Durbin?

airohpue13
4 years 6 months ago

No more Dirty Durbin in Detroit please.

4 years 6 months ago

Worst xFIPs of 2010 (min. 100 IP)
#147 Ryan Rowland Smith (5.80)
#146 Scott Kazmir (5.62)
#145 Armando Galarraga (5.44)

Worst cumulative xFIP since 2001 (min. 400 IP):
#317 of 334: Armando Galarraga

Worst cumulative FIP since 2001 (min. 400 IP):
#323 of 334: Armando Galarraga

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

you kids and your crazy stats.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

Can we stop using xFIP for the past please? xFIP is more of a projective stat for the following season, not an analytical one that holds any relevance at all.

Since_77
4 years 6 months ago

Armando Galarraga is part of Brian Cashman’s Plan B after not signing Cliff Lee. I wonder who else will become available?

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

Dallas Braden and Edwin Jackson if they were available

Redsox1324
4 years 6 months ago

Yankees won’t sign him. They have pretty much the same pitcher in Sergio Mitre.
Did Mitre throw a perfect game? No. But aside from that they’re the same pitcher.

hardwired7
4 years 6 months ago

Mitre can not hack it as a starter (.327 BAA).

His #s as a reliever (.199 BAA) are what make him comparable to Galarraga.

Galarraga might not be a great starter, but Mitre is an absolute train wreck in anything other than brief appearances.

HHover
4 years 6 months ago

I don’t get this “Galaraga and Mitre are the same pitcher” line. Maybe, if you look at their 2010 #s. But not if you look at their career #s, and not if you look at their potential to be innings eating starter all season long. Mitre hasn’t pitched more than 50 innings a season for the past 2 years; his career high was 149 in 2007. Galarraga has pitched 140-180 innings in each of the past three seasons. That’s not to say hes a great pitcher–he’s obviously not. But he’s better than Mitre.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

I would rather take my chances on Galarraga but at worst, it can’t hurt to add him to the mix.

The Mythical One
4 years 6 months ago

The Orioles could use him and pretty sure they’d be willing to offer a little something in trade for him. Keep in mind it won’t be a top prospect or anything since Galarraga could be released in a few more days.

Civilization
4 years 6 months ago

You mean we can’t get that Wieters kid for him?

The Mythical One
4 years 6 months ago

Heh, Wieters hasn’t popped like just about everyone in baseball said he would. I think that turns around in 2011 with better management of him and handling with Showalter. He probably will see a lot more days off earlier in the season and I think that will go a long way to keeping him fresh as the season wears on. He’s made tremendous strides defensively and handling the pitchers.

My main question is since I haven’t seem much of Galarraga and don’t see much of the Tigers in general, why did they sour on him? Is he hurt? Bad attitude? Or they just don’t think he has “it?”

TwinsVet
4 years 6 months ago

He’s like Kyle Lohse. Just perennially shows enough glimpses of “it” to keep you interested and thinking “Maybe he’ll be decent…”, but then leaves you looking stupid for ever having thought such a thing.

stl_cards16
4 years 6 months ago

I understand what you are saying, but personally, I have seen PLENTY of Kyle Lohse.

ballmich
4 years 6 months ago

He’s an extremely marginal major league pitcher. Just good enough to bounce in and out of the back end of a major league rotation, but not good enough to lock a spot down. The Tigers have five guys they like better. Probably a combination of the Tigers moving on with better players and wanting to accommodate AG’s to be a SP. Dombrowski stated that they’re going to try to trade him to a team where he has the opportunity to start. The Tigers are like that, which is why they players seem to respect the organization.

The Mythical One
4 years 6 months ago

Thank you ballmich and TwinsVet for the information. The Orioles are currently looking for a back end veteran/innings eater type that would definitely start out in the rotation, but the future would depend on the results of Armando and the guy being groomed in the minors right now in Britton or Tillman if he is sent down as well.

If Galarraga can pitch effectively in the AL East, he can pitch anwyhere. That $2 million contract isn’t too much for them to place him in the bullpen if they simply want to keep him and promote another starter in hopes of better results.

I certainly wouldn’t mind taking the risk. Compared to what else is out there, I think he ranks right up there with the rest of them.

RahZid
4 years 6 months ago

Correct me if I’m wrong, but couldn’t the contract have been procedural, since they had to give him a deal after tendering him a contract. I believe that this is reflected in it being a non-guaranteed deal (same as if he had gone through arby).

metsman
4 years 6 months ago

Best explanation I’ve heard so far, I’ll buy it. It would be nice to have him on the Mets as an innings eater type if possible.

theroundsquare
4 years 6 months ago

This is my understanding. Once the Tigers didn’t non-tender him (the deadline for which was before Brad Penny came up), they had to either offer a contract or go through arbitration. Once that was wrapped up, with the $2.3 million deal, they could DFA him.

4 years 6 months ago

I wouldn’t mind seeing the Pirates take a chance on him.

nats2012
4 years 6 months ago

I wouldnt be surpised if the Nats go after him.

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

I could see the nats or mets going after him

Sage
4 years 6 months ago

Maybe the Brewers could take a shot at him? I mean, he could compete with Narveson for the 5th starter job, and serve as nice insurance should anyone go down during the season.

stl_cards16
4 years 6 months ago

Would be nice to add someone like Gallaraga to compete with Lohse for the 5th spot.