Armando Gallaraga is on the hill for the Tigers tonight. He was a Texas Ranger. Did I mention he enters tonights game with an 11-4 record and a 3.14 ERA.
Rangers GM Jon Daniels traded him for an A-ball outfielder. Bad deal. One of too many for Daniels when it comes to pitching.
I think new team president Nolan Ryan will find a new GM this winter. The Rangers have not made the right moves when it comes to pitching and Ryan has had the 2008 season to see what’s been going on. I just see Nolan going in different direction and Daniels won’t be making the calls.
This damning article on mlb.com highlights how Daniels screwed up:
While the Tigers were preparing for Spring Training with their big-name additions, they pulled off a Minor League deal in early February to acquire Galarraga from the Rangers for Class A outfielder Michael Hernandez. The rest is history. While Galarraga rebounded from one of the first cuts of camp to stick with the Tigers after a mid-April callup, Hernandez is out of the Rangers organization.
As he points out, he isn’t the only pitcher that the Rangers have traded to have had success elsewhere. That’s why he finds it ironic when he hears talk about the Rangers’ need for pitching.
“They had pitchers,” he said. “They had Edinson Volquez in Cincinnati. They had [John] Danks from Chicago. They’ve had pitchers, but they traded them. They traded Nick Masset [now in Cincinnati]. Good pitchers. They’ve had good pitchers, but I don’t know, at some point they get traded.”