Bucs acquire Sean Gallagher

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Pirates have sent cash to the Padres in exchange for right-hander Sean Gallagher. San Diego had designated Gallagher for assignment on July 1.

Gallagher made 15 appearances for the Padres and allowed 14 earned runs on 24 hits in 23 1/3 innings. The righty struck out 21, walked 19 and allowed opponents to hit .276 off him. With the best pitching staff in the Majors (based on ERA), the Padres didn’t have room to keep Gallagher on their roster when pitcher Tim Stauffer was ready to come off the disabled list.

Pittsburgh will be Gallagher’s fourth organization. He made his debut with the Cubs, who drafted him in the 12th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. He also pitched parts of two seasons in Oakland before being traded to San Diego.

In 60 career appearances (23 starts), Gallagher is 8-9 with a 5.57 ERA. He has issued 101 walks and struck out 143 in 173 innings.

Gallagher is out of options, which played a role in helping him earn an Opening Day roster spot with the Padres. The right-hander is scheduled to join the Pirates on this road trip. When he does, the Pirates will make a corresponding roster move to clear a spot on the 25-man roster.

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1 Comment

I am fed up with the Pirates latest cast off acquisition. You cannot win without a credable pitching staff. The current staff would have problems winning at Indianapolis. The pirates are not really getting better. This may be the worst team since the loosing stated.

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