Designated Armando Galarraga (RHP) for assignment
Analysis: Shortly after avoiding arbitration by signing him to a one-year deal for $2.3 million, the Tigers designated Galarraga for assignment, effectively ending his run with the Tigers. They will be responsible for paying him for one-sixth of his current salary, but as it is a non-guaranteed contract, they won't be on the hook for the rest. The organization now has ten days to either trade, release or assign him to a minor league team. Stay tuned to TigsTown for the latest.
UPDATE: According to general manager Dave Dombrowski, the team will attempt to trade Galarraga to a team in need of someone for their rotation. The move was purely a baseball decision, and the need to sign Galarraga first before designating him was procedural.
Posted by: Wez, 01/18/11
Signed Mariano Gomez (LHP)
Signed William Bergolla (2B)
Signed Victor Moreno (RHP)
Signed Josh Rainwater (RHP)
Signed Timo Perez (OF)
Released Raul Leiva (1B/C)
Signed Joel Zumaya (RHP) to a one-year contract.
Analysis: A lot of depth signings by the Tigers, particularly to get them through the early weeks of spring training. With Brandon Douglas, Will Rhymes, Scott Sizemore, and Danny Worth all in big league camp, the Tigers need somebody to eat ABs and innings at second base in the upper level minor league games, and Bergolla can do just that. Timo Perez will help with outfield and DH at-bats in minor league camp while Andy Dirks, Clete Thomas, Casper Wells, Ben Guez, and Brennan Boesch play across the parking lot. Depending how the rosters shake out in the spring, he could land himself a job as a classic professional hitter in Toledo. Rainwater returns to the club, and he'll have as good a shot as anyone to find a bullpen role in Erie or Toledo, and the same applies to Mariano Gomez and Victor Moreno. Gomez is the most intriguing of the trio as a lefty with solid stuff and experience.
Posted by: Mark, 01/14/11
Signed Ryan Raburn (OF) to a two-year contract
Analysis: Raburn's contract status wasn't really in doubt, but the Tigers went the extra mile to ink him for both the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The deal does avoid a one-year arbitration deal, and demonstrates a bit more of a commitment to him as their left fielder for the next couple of years.
Posted by: Mark, 01/12/11
Signed Brad Penny (RHP)
Analysis: The Tigers finally made a move that many fans were asking for, inking another starter to help provide some depth at the back of the rotation. Penny's deal is a one-year contract with a base salary of $3 million, and up to $3 million more in incentives. Given his contract, it is likely Penny will be in the rotation on Opening Day, and likely at the expense of Armando Galarraga's spot in the rotation.
Posted by: Mark, 01/11/11