I've avoided "putting my own opinion" on here, not because I don't have any, but because I have wanted to get a feel for blogging, as well as making sure I have my own ducks in a row.
All that being said, I have to wonder what exactly Dave Dombrowski has in mind, after designating Armando Galarraga for assignment, less than 24 hours after signing him t0 a 1-year $2.4 Million contract.
So, once again Dave Dombrowski, has gotten all of the Tigers arbitration eligible players under contract, prior to the arbitration hearings. Ryan Raburn, and Joel Zumaya are both decent contracts, that could easily prove to be "value" contracts at the end of the season- IF Raburn can live up to expectation, and Zumaya can stay healthy for the entire season.
Signing Armando Galarraga to his contract and then designating him for assignment, makes me wonder what is in the works. Obviously Dombrowski and Leyland want their rotation to start with Verlander, Scherzer, Porcello, Coke and Penny. That rotation has the potential to be in the upper tier in all of baseball, let alone the American League.
Armando would have a hard time breaking into that rotation, unless he pitches more along the lines of 2008 version (13-7, 3.73 ERA), instead of the 10-19, 5.06 ERA pitcher that has taken the mound for Detroit in 2009 and 2010. Sorry Armando, those numbers won't help your case to deserve innings in the Tigers rotation.
I am wondering if Dombrowski has a trade partner all lined up, to send Galarraga off somewhere, once the ink dried on his contract. If not, why bother signing him to a contract in the first place. Don't sign him, let him go to arbitration, and walk away as a free agent. Rumors are already hitting the Internet that the Yankees might take a look at Armando, with the pickings for quality starters very thin in the ranks of the remaining Free Agents.
As Spring Training progresses, I will be taking an in-depth look at your 2011 Tigers, from the starting rotation, bullpen, infield, and finally outfield.
As always, your comments regarding the Tigers and Tiger Tizzy are welcome.