Yesterday, Armando Galarraga and Tigers agreed to terms on a one year, $2.3 million contract, and avoided arbitration.
If the Tigers were going to designate Galarraga for assignment anyway, I’m not clear on why they came to terms with him to begin with.
At any rate, Galarraga has to clear waivers before being sent to the minors, but I would expect him to garner quite a bit of interest. He would be a good fit for the Mets and the back end of their rotation, and he would only cost them the league minimum, with the Tigers picking up the remainder of the $2.3 million owed.
Last year, Galarraga, who just turned 29, went 4-9 with a 4.49 ERA while appearing in 25 games, 24 of which were starts. He allowed 21 home runs and 51 walks in 144 1/3 innings, and held left handed hitters to a .241 average.
11 of those 21 home runs allowed came at Comerica Park.
He pitched 8 2/3 innings of perfect baseball against the Indians on June 2, and if not for a blown call by first base umpire Jim Joyce, would have thrown a perfect game.