The San Diego Padres acquired RHP Sean Gallagher as the PTBNL in the Scott Hairston trade last summer (that also netted Ryan Webb and Craig Italiano). Now the Padres have traded Gallagher to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations, after designating him for assignment last week to make room for Tim Stauffer.

Gallagher’s solid minor league track record has not yet translated to the Major League level, as he has put up a career 5.08 FIP in 173 innings. In an organization filled with pitching, apparently there just was not room to retain Gallagher. It might be a decent move for Pittsburgh, as Gallagher has a solid enough repertoire and is under control through 2013.

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