Rumors: Yankees Will Look Into Acquiring Armando Galarraga

Via Bill Madden of the NY Daily News:

While it is doubtful the Mets would be interested in Galarraga at that salary, a Yankee source said the Bombers would at least look into acquiring him. Detroit has 10 days to make a move with Galarraga. If he isn’t traded, he could be sent to the minors.

First thing, what Madden means by that last part is that Armando Galarraga was designated for assignment. That give means if nobody claims him the Tigers can send him to the minors. If somebody claims him they can either try to workout a trade with that team or simply let them take him for nothing.

Yesterday I took a look at whether or not Galarraga is better than Sergio Mitre (there isn’t much of a question that Ivan Nova at least has a higher ceiling than Galarraga). What I determined was that he really isn’t necessarily worth it. While his career numbers are better than Mitre’s, they don’t seem to be different enough to justify the upgrade, espeially considering Mitre has gotten better while Galarraga has gotten worse.

Though the Yankees may want to add Galarraga because unlike the other pitchers they are interested in, he’s only 29 (younger than 30) and is likely to actually stay healthy next year. He just signed a $2.3 million deal as well so he’s cheap and that’s not counting the chunk the Tigers are going to have to pay.

As an upgrade he isn’t much more than Mitre, but he’s healthy. If the Yankees want insurance at least he’s more likely to pitch than the alternatives Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, and Justin Duchscherer.

What do you think? Should the Yankees try to make a move for Galarraga? Or should they look at somebody else instead?

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5 Responses to Rumors: Yankees Will Look Into Acquiring Armando Galarraga

  1. Roy says:

    On a point of optimism, maybe a new pitching coach will see a one or two mechanical changes that a healthy guy like Gallaraga has not been exposed to. Be more deceptive, change arm angle, whatever.

    For what it is worth, the righty, Gallaraga is highly effective against righty batters (OPS of .689 for career) and highly ineffective against lefty batters (OPS of .850 for career – ouch). That is a very drastic platoon split!

  2. JoeF says:

    I would much rather have the Yanks take a shot on Galarraga than all these pitchers who are way past their prime.He pitched ok last year and was 13-7 with an ERA below 4 in 2008.The price is right they should take a chance on him.

  3. Roy says:

    We keep looking at Nova as being on the cusp of stepping up to being a #4 or #5 starter. We also keep looking at the universe of Yankee acquisitions as being free agents or extra pieces, such as Gallaraga. What if Nova or Noesi were packaged with Montero or Romine or Sanchez. Could the Yankees get a stud AAA pitcher – ready to make its major league roster?

    As the Duscherers, Gallaragas, Pavanos, Millwoods, Garcias, etc. each fill our heads for a day or two, can we please start to think big!

  4. Roy says:

    What would it take to get Jeremy Guthrie from Baltimore? He’s 31, decent stuff – would be a #4 in NY. Maybe Baltimore takes a flyer on Joba and their choice of the Yankee farm system with the top 10 protected?