Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Reds ink Armando Galarraga to minor league contract

A pitcher who once came within a blown call of a perfect game in 2010 has inked a minor league deal with the Reds, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

Right-hander Armando Galarraga, 31, is the newest member of the Cincinnati organization. He is most well-known for his near-perfect game when he came within one out, and a Jim Joyce blown call, from perfection.

He pitched last season in the Houston Astros franchise where he posted an 0-4 record and 6.75 ERA in five starts in the big show. He was removed from the Astros' MLB roster in August. However, he fared much better in 10 minor league starts as evidenced by his 3-2 mark and 3.97 ERA (47.2 IP).

Galarraga compiled a 23-26 record during the 2008-10 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, including posting a 13-7 record in '08.

The Venezuelan will be brought in to the Reds to help provide more pitching depth at the high minor league level, with an outside shot at making a spot start or two for the big club down the road.

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