Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
My personal preference was that I would have rather waited for us to get through most or almost all of spring training before making the decision to move him. While the addition of Brad Penny certainly made Galarraga expendable, Penny has had his struggles in the past, and the Tigers are running out a number four starter who has never been a regular starting pitcher at the big league level. Throw in the ever possible injury that could occur to every one of our starters, and I personally would have felt more comfortable with him in camp until we were certain we wouldn't need him anymore. It likely would have impacted the return we could receive, But I personally would have valued the benefit of him there "just in case" over a slightly better prospect fetch. It's nothing against the guys we received, but I think we still would have received something had we traded him in late March, and would have been confident at the time we could move him without a worry over a safety net.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
The return from the Diamondbacks for Galarraga was about what I expected, so that should mean I'm generally pleased at this point. Galarraga, with a $2.3 million contract attached, isn't necessarily going to be a hot commodity on the baseball market, particularly when combined with the fact that teams might be able to wait out the process and simply claim him off waivers for the cost of the contract, rather than give up prospects. Given that, I expected the Tigers to get one or two middling prospects in return. Eichhorn has a great pedigree, but very pedestrian raw stuff. He's a guy that could take a step forward and profile as a back of the rotation starter, or he could stick with what he's got and maintain more of a relief profile. Robowski is a reliever all the way with some nominal LOOGY potential, and is certainly not the type to get excited about. Neither player coming to the Tigers should illicit strong reactions from fans. In the end, the Tigers pulled a couple of prospects out of the hat, and that's always a better option than getting nothing in return.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I don't mind the decision to deal Armando Galarraga. Once the Tigers got Brad Penny signed, there simply wasn't a home for a pitcher who didn't have a spot in the rotation and a fairly sizable price tag. Considering that he was designated for assignment, the Tigers did well to get Kevin Eichorn and Ryan Robowski, who both have some upside as pitching prospects. Eichorn, whose father, Mark, pitched on Toronto's back-to-back World Series winners in 1992 and 1993, was a third-round pick back in 2008, while Robowski could provide bullpen help in time should he progress. Overall, I think the trade is OK.
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