Courtesy of Yankees ‘n More

You remember the Detroit Tiger’s Armando Galarraga, right? Would it help if I had umpire Jim Joyce stand next to him?

Just months after a bad call at first base cost Galarraga a perfect game, the right-hander has been designated for assignment, meaning his time with the Tigers is quickly coming to an end.

Detroit is confident they will be able to trade Galarraga within the allotted 10 days. In fact, the move comes only hours after the Tigers avoided arbitration with the right-hander by agreeing to a one-year, $2.3 million deal.

We’re not sure which teams are involved in the discussions for Galarraga, but if the New York Yankees are not one them, Brian Cashman should be fired for about the fifth time this offseason.

Galarraga had a so-so season last year, finishing 4-9 with a 4.49 ERA. That’s not earth-shattering, of course, but Galarraga saw a bit of a bounce-back season after a horrible 2009. He allowed 143 hits in 144 innings, and his WHIP dropped from 1.566 in 2009 to 1.344 in 2010.

Simply put, Galarraga is in the middle of what should be his prime, he is cheap in terms of both dollars and the likely cost of a trade, and he’s better than anything New York currently has lined up for the bottom two spots in their rotation.

In a market currently highlighted by the likes of Freddy Garcia and Jeremy Bonderman—both of whom have been tied to the Yankees this offseason—there is simply no logical reason for the Yankees not to be in on Armando Galarraga.

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