The Diamondbacks and Tigers have finalized a trade that would send starting pitcher Armando Galarraga to the Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league pitcher Kevin Eichhorn and lefty pitcher Ryan Robowski.
The Diamondbacks will assume Galarraga's 2011 salary and slot him in a rotation that already features Joe Saunders, Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Zach Duke, and Barry Enright.
The Diamondbacks have a make-or-break starting rotation heading into 2011 that could dominate, like we have seen at least four of these pitchers do at different, although brief, points in their career. Or it could be the opposite, where a bullpen consisting of closer J.J. Putz and the likes of 8 pitchers all under the age of 30 fight to salvage wins day in and day out, which over time can be very taxing.
Overall, it is a good move for the Diamondbacks who bring in a very talented pitcher, but who hasn't posted a winning record since 2008. I'd like to say he threw a no-hitter, but that is not the case and he handled that situation like a true professional.