Tigers “likely” to trade Armando Galarraga

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Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told Jason Beck of MLB.com earlier today that trade talks involving Armando Galarraga are progressing, adding that a deal “is likely.”

Galarraga was designated for assignment by the club earlier this week, just one day after the two sides avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.3 million contract. The 29-year-old right-hander became expendable once the team finalized a contract with Brad Penny.

Galarraga went 4-9 with a 4.49 ERA across 24 starts and one relief appearance with the Tigers last season. Sure, he was robbed of a perfect game, but don’t let that overshadow the fact that he just isn’t a very good starting pitcher. Galarraga had an underwhelming 74/51 K/BB ratio over 144 1/3 innings in 2010 and also gave up 21 home runs. For a guy that doesn’t miss many bats, his 48.9 percent fly ball rate from last season is troubling.

The Tigers will probably be able to find him a home somewhere, but he shouldn’t be counted on as anything besides a fifth starter.

White Sox sign catcher James McCann

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Jeff Passan reports that the White Sox have signed James McCann. The details of the contract — term, money — is not yet available, and the deal is pending a physical.

McCann was non-tendered by the Tigers last month and figured to be Welington Castillo‘s backup on the South Side. McCann, who for a time was poised to be the Tigers’ long-term starting catcher, took a big step backward with the bat last year batting .220/.267/.314 with eight homers.