Tigers still talking on Andres Galarraga
As I posted on Twitter this morning, Johnny Damon isn’t the only spring training arrival the Tigers haven’t finalized yet. Though Andres Galarraga said during the Caribbean Series a couple weeks ago that he’s weighing an offer from the Tigers to come to camp as an instructor/mentor, both Jim Leyland and Dave Dombrowski said there’s nothing final.
Dombrowski said the Tigers are trying to reach out to Galarraga’s agents to see if there’s a deal to be worked out, but with arbitration hearings and other contracts to negotiate, it’s been a busy time for both sides. The news came out quicker than the Tigers probably would’ve liked.
“I’m not sure if it’s going to take place or not,” Dombrowski said. “I have not talked to Andres.”
Said Leyland: “I think there’s some hesitation maybe, not on our part. … I just don’t think anything is a slam dunk just yet.”
There’s still an open locker in the clubhouse, right in front of Leyland’s office. Maybe Galarraga can take it. Maybe Damon might like it.
For what it’s worth, the only Venezuelan in Tigers camp right now is the other Galarraga, Armando. He reported early, and nearly suckered an unnamed youngster in camp that he had to show up early on reporting day — like 7 a.m. early. Not as good as the card tricks, but still pretty good. Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen and Miguel Cabrera are not here yet and don’t have to be until next week.