D-Backs Acquire Armando Galarraga From Tigers

An article by posted on January 24, 2011

According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Diamondbacks have acquired RHP Armando Galarraga from the Tigers in exchange for RHP Kevin Eichhorn, and LHP  Ryan Robowski.Armando Galarraga, whose near-perfect game became one of the highlights of the 2010 season, had been designated for assignment by the Tigers. The move came just hours after the two sides agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million deal, avoiding arbitration.

Galarraga retired the first 26 Indians hitters he faced on June 2, but a bad call at first base by umpire Jim Joyce turned what should have been the 27th out into an infield single. Praised for the way they handled the situation, both Joyce and Galarraga became instantly famous. However, Galarraga never approached the success he had in that win over Cleveland. In his next 21 regular season starts, Galarraga went 2-8 with a 4.82 ERA.

Following the recent signing of right-hander Brad Penny, Detroit’s rotation was pretty much set with Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Phil Coke and Penny, making Galarraga expendable.

The Mets might have been a good destination for Galarraga, but because he had to go through waivers, he never made it to the Mets and was never really an option.

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