|The Rangers found a taker for righthander Armando Galarraga, whom they designated for assignment on Jan. 25 and traded to the Tigers Feb. 5 for outfielder Michael Hernandez.|
|The Big Leaguers|
|Neither player has exhausted his rookie eligibility.|
|Galarraga, 25, made his big league debut in 2007 and set a career high with 161 innings pitched. He went 11-8, 4.14 with 135-58 K-BB in 152 minor league innings last season, for the Rangers Double- and Triple-A clubs in Frisco and Oklahoma. Signed by the Expos out of Venezuela in 1998 and traded to the Rangers in Texas’ 2005 trade for Alfonso Soriano, Galarraga works with a 89-94 mph fastball, slider and changeup. He missed most 2002 and 2003 while recovering from Tommy John surgery and much of 2006 while battling shoulder fatigue.
A nondrafted free agent sign out of Oklahoma State in 2006, Hernandez batted .260/.326/.478 for high Class A Lakeland last season, finishing fourth in the Florida State League with 20 homers and second with 87 RBIs. The 24-year-old righthanded batter clubbed 13 home runs and slugged .461 in the tough low Class A Midwest League in 2006. Hernandez has a chance to hit for average power at the big league level, thanks to strength and a a quick bat. He’s a polished hitter adept at centering and lifting the ball. Because of a below-average arm, he fits best in left field.
|he Tigers add rotation depth, as Galarraga should be able to fill in for an injured or ineffective starter. Hernandez is headed to Double-A Frisco and could one day serve as a source of power for the Rangers, perhaps in a platoon or reserve role.|