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Galarraga is not a realistic solution

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 19, 2011 01:27 PM

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A number of readers have emailed to ask whether the Red Sox have any interest in righthander Armando Galarraga, who was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks yesterday.

Because Galarraga is only 29, surely some team will give him a shot. But be wary of considering him.

He had a 5.91 earned run average in eight starts for Arizona 6.75 in three starts in May and terrible peripheral statistics. Galarraga has allowed 13 home runs over 42.2 innings and struck out just 28 with 22 walks.

Arizona GM Kevin Towers knows pitching better than perhaps any other exec in baseball and if he didn't think Galarraga would handle the NL West, that doesn't bode well for how he would perform in the AL East.

His near no-hitter aside, it has been several years since Galarraga was good. If the Red Sox want to have him pitch for Pawtucket, why not? But expecting him to be an answer is unrealistic.

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