It appears that the Reds have signed Armando Galarraga to a minor league deal.

Galarrago doesn’t strike out a ton of batters, and he’s something of a fly-ball pitcher (death in GAB), but not outrageously so. He’s also 31 years old, and coming off a season in which he went 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA for the hapless Astros. So, no, he isn’t good. On the other hand, this is a signing to help with minor league depth, and there are probably worse options out there.

If you are wondering where you’ve heard his name before, Galarraga is the guy who lost his perfect game bid with two outs in the ninth inning (when he was a Detroit Tiger), thanks to a terrible call at first by umpire Jim Joyce. Galarraga’s grace and poise after that fiasco was widely praised.

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  1. I’d consider that international signing to be more important than this…

  2. Jacob Constante looks like a great signing. 6’3″ Lefty who sits at 92-94 MPH at 19 years old. Nice.

    • Jacob Constante looks like a great signing. 6’3″ Lefty who sits at 92-94 MPH at 19 years old. Nice.

      That is nice. But can he throw strikes at the knees and paint the corners??

  3. jim joyce should not be in MLB.

  4. @WVRedlegs: The two paragraphs I found at http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/2013/01/dominican-lefty-jacob-constante-impresses-at-ipl-all-star-game/ kind of makes it seem he’s either REALLY live, or wild. What’s your take?

  5. Ha, yeah, who cares about Armando Galarraga? We all want to talk about Jacob Constante. After reading that article about him I’m still wondering what they expect to do with him – is Constante heading to the single A rotation? Or trying to become a reliever? Or competing for a job as a lefty specialist?

    As I said in another thread I would be shocked if we saw Galarraga with the Reds – I think he was added to provide depth at the bottom of the Louisville rotation but he’s wayyyyy back on the depth chart. Four locked rotation spots plus Chapman, Leake, Cingrani, Corcino, Pedro Villareal, Redmond, maybe Lotzkar, and probably the long relievers (Simon, LeCure)… all ahead of him on the depth chart.

  6. The MLBTR announcement on Constante is below. I don’t see any thing similar on here. Sorry if I missed it:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/01/reds-sign-jacob-constante.html

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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