MLB Rumors: Pitching-Rich Marlins Must Steer Clear of Armando Galarraga

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 27:  Pitcher Armando Galarraga #58 of the Detroit Tigers throws against the Texas Rangers on July 27, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Adding a starting pitcher who once came within a bad call of pitching a perfect game isn't often considered a bad idea, but that's exactly the case for the Miami Marlins when it comes to free agent Armando Galarraga.

The former Detroit Tigers starter was released by the Baltimore Orioles a couple weeks ago, and his agent has reached out to the Marlins about joining the team, based on a report from Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald.

Ozzie Guillen, who has made his fair share of headlines for all the wrong reasons lately, informed management of the request, according to the report. That's common courtesy, however, so fans shouldn't read too much into that fact alone.

When you consider the current state of Miami's starting rotation, Galarraga doesn't fit in. The team has five solid starters, and the one pitching the worst so far, Josh Johnson, is actually the best of the bunch and will figure things out soon.

Anibal Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco have both developed into key pieces, while Mark Buehrle was brought in to provide stability to the rotation and has done exactly that through three starts.

That only leaves Carlos Zambrano. He's coming off the worst season of his career, but talent has never been an issue for the fiery right-hander. Keeping his emotions in check has gotten him into trouble far more often than poor pitching.

So, there really isn't a spot available for Galarraga in the rotation. Even if the team were to suffer an injury, they would be better off looking to the minors than signing a player with a career 4.69 ERA, which was actually closer to six last season.

Galarraga simply hasn't been very effective aside from the now infamous game where a blown call by umpire Jim Joyce cost him baseball immortality.

That incident did give him name recognition, though. And if the Marlins starters seen their team signed him, it would only add pressure to their shoulders because it would seem like somebody was waiting in the wings in case they started slumping.

In reality, Galarraga shouldn't even be in consideration for a rotation spot at that point. He's done nothing to lead Miami to believe he would be able to hold down the fort effectively if another starter went down during the season.

It's a cliché to say every game is important, but it's true for the Marlins. Playing in a division that features three other contenders, and that doesn't even include the surprising New York Mets, means Miami can't afford to throw away a win every fifth day.

Give credit to Galarraga and his agent for fishing in an attempt to secure a deal, but the Marlins shouldn't take the bait.