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D-backs acquire Galarraga from Tigers for Eichhorn, Robowski01/24/2011 4:03 PM ET
PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today they have acquired right-handed pitcher Armando Galarraga from the Detroit Tigers for right-handed pitcher Kevin Eichhorn and left-handed pitcher Ryan Robowski, according to D-backs' Executive Vice President and General Manager Kevin Towers.
"We are excited about the opportunity to acquire a pitcher of Armando Galarraga's ability a few weeks before the start of Spring Training," Towers said. "Armando is a quality pitcher as well as individual that will compete for a spot in our rotation with all of the other starting pitchers this spring."
Galarraga, 29, posted a 4-9 record and 4.49 ERA (72 ER in 144.1 IP) with 51 walks and 74 strikeouts in 25 games (24 starts) for the Tigers last season. He made national headlines on June 2 vs. the Cleveland Indians when his pursuit of a perfect game was spoiled with two outs in the ninth inning Galarraga retired the next batter to close out the 3-0 victory and was named the American League Player of the Week. Galarraga also pitched in 8 games (7 starts) for Triple-A Toledo, posting a 4-2 record and 3.65 ERA (18 ER in 44.1 IP) with 14 walks and 40 strikeouts.
Over parts of four Major League seasons with the Texas Rangers (2007) and Tigers (2008-10), he has a 23-26 record and 4.58 ERA (242 ER in 475.1 IP) with 186 walks and 301 strikeouts in 87 career games. In 78 career starts, he has a 23-25 record and 4.47 ERA (229 ER in 460.2 IP) with 175 walks and 291 strikeouts. His best season came in 2008, when he had a 13-7 record and 3.73 ERA (74 ER in 178.2 IP) with 61 walks and 126 strikeouts in 30 games (28 starts) en route to earning Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association Tigers' Rookie of the Year honors. He led AL rookies with 13 wins and 126 strikeouts and ranked third with a 3.73 ERA. Among A.L. pitchers, he ranked second with a .226 opponents batting average and 7.66 hits allowed per 9.0 innings. His 126 strikeouts established a team record for rookie right-handed pitchers and were the second-most by a rookie all-time. He pitched for his native Venezuela in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Eichhorn, 20, had a combined 5-6 record and 5.00 ERA (48 ER in 86.1) with 18 walks and 81 strikeouts in 15 starts for Single-A Advanced Visalia, Rookie-Advanced Missoula and Short-Season A Yakima in 2010. He was named the organization's pitcher of the month for July after going 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA (10 ER in 36.1 IP) and 4 quality starts in 6 outings for Missoula. Over parts of 3 seasons in the D-backs' farm system, he has posted a 5-8 record and 4.80 ERA (56 ER in 105.0 IP) with 28 walks and 108 strikeouts in 27 career games (15 starts). Eichhorn was selected in the third round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Aptos (Calif.) High School.
Robowski, 22, posted a 2-4 record and 5.17 ERA (31 ER in 54.0 IP) with 16 walks and 51 strikeouts in 35 relief appearances for Single-A Advanced Visalia in 2010. In 2 seasons in the D-backs' farm system, he has a 5-7 record and 4.82 ERA (45 ER in 84.0 IP) with 22 walks and 74 strikeouts over 56 career relief outings. He was the D-backs' 16th-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Ohio Dominican University.
In a corresponding move to make room for Galarraga on the 40-man roster, the D-backs designated right-handed pitcher Rafael Rodriguez for assignment.
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