According to the Freep, DD is actively shopping AG after he was bumped from the roster today to make room for Brad Penny.
Crazy, because they just signed him to a 1-year, $2.3M deal. Why sign him and then toss him like an old moldy bag of tangerines, you ask, Coleman? Here’s why.
No one wants to trade for a player headed to arbitration. Too much dirty work to deal with. Now the arb monster has been tamed. And the Tigers see value in him, which is why he’ll likely be traded in the next 10 days. I’m not opposed to believing that he was going to get closer to $3 or $4M in arbitration, and the two sides got together and worked this all out. If they can’t trade him, he’ll be sent to the minors after a swim through the waiver wire, though he might not last with sharks like the Yanks and Mets in the water. In fact, at least one source is saying that the Yanks will look into Armando. Could the Orioles be a potential suitor? Henning reminds us that the Tigers turned a similar position into Willie Hernandez on the eve of my 7th birthday.
But, as Lynn Henning astutely stole from my brain before I could write it, by signing him to a $2.3M contract, the Tigers made AG less likely to be claimed off of waivers. So if he can’t get traded, we may get to keep him on the squad, unprotected and all. Let’s not forget that former All-Stars Brad Penny and Brandon Webb just signed for $3M base + incentives (in Webb’s case, INCENTIVE$).
In the end, my guess is that DD and Ol’ Smokey like Turner/Oliver/etc., much better than whomever is carrying Boesch/Kelly/Thomas’ bags, and feel that an extra starter is the one expendable position. Honestly (and I know that I’ll get an essay from TSE here on why we should have traded AG & Fu Te Ni for the ghost of Doyle Alexander), I can’t say that I disagree. He’s a good guy and I wish him the best, though roster management is a funny thing, and it looks like DD covered his bases here.
Beck is reporting via Twitter that the Tigers send Galarraga to the Diamondbacks for Kevin Eichhorn and Ryan Robowski.
Eichhorn is an averaged sized RHP who was drafted out of HS in the 3rd round 2008. His Class A performance last year was underwhelming, but the kid is only 20. For now he’s a starter. He’s also the son of former Royal’s great Mark Eichhorn.
Robowski came out of Old Dominion in 2009 and was selected by the DBacks in the 16th round. He’s a little bigger than Eichhorn and throws from the left side out of the pen, but doesn’t project as high as Eichhorn does.
Flipping Galarraga for two young pitchers, a R and a L, seems like a good deal to me.