Texas Rangers sign Armando Galarraga to a Minor League Contract


August 19, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Armando Galarraga (30) pitches in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers have signed pitcher Armando Galarraga to a minor league contract without an invitation to spring training according to TR Sullivan of MLB.com. Galarraga is 26-34 with a 4.78 ERA in his major league career and had pitched for teams in the American League as well as in the National League.

Galarraga is probably most famous for his perfect game that wasn’t thanks to a blown call from umpire Jim Joyce back in June of 2010. We all remember because the call was blown so badly and we all wanted to see the kid get his no hitter since he technically did. Galarraga was with the Texas Rangers back in 2007, going 0-0 with a 6.23 ERA in three games for them, but since then he has pitched for Detroit, Arizona and Houston. Galarraga will most likely not be an impact player for the Texas Rangers in 2014, and I would be surprised if he stayed with the club for very long, but in my opinion it is worth taking a shot on a guy that has had some success in the majors during his career. Last season it did not go well for him in Houston, but I have seen guys come to the Texas Rangers before off of bad years and have pretty good seasons. I would not be surprised if at some point during the season we see him brought up to see if he can still contribute. We will just have to wait and see.