Wednesday, January 19, 2011
An explanation of the Galarraga signing.
Ever since the Tigers announced that they had signed Armando Galarraga to a contract, to avoid arbitration, and then promptly designated him for assignment, the question has been out there. WHY?
Well basically it comes down to the rules of baseball, as opposed to the Tigers desire to keep him under contract.
When the Tigers tendered Galarraga to a contract last month, they had already committed to signing him for 2011. They had no other choice, but to negotiate a contract or have it go to arbitration. Either way, Galarraga would have to be signed to a Tigers contract for 2011.
By avoiding arbitration, the Tigers have an out, on Galarraga’s contract. The non-arbitration contract signed by the Tigers and Galarraga is not a guaranteed contract, so even if the Tigers end up releasing him, they will only end up owing him a fraction of the $2.3 million.