(Nice little fan post for everyone to read) - Matt Buggenhagen
This according to A's Beat writer Susan Slusser and reported on SB Athletics Nation. Gallaghar had a 1.74 ERA in 5 starts for AAA Sacramento, had bad (8+ERA) numbers in limited innings in the majors this year and was the main piece of the Rich Harden trade the A's made with the Cubs last year.
Many A's fans are much less ecstatic about that Trade now that they know its Sean Gallagher and were hoping it would be just about anyone else in AAA. I think many S.D. fans are going to be encouraged now that it is. Gallagher is 23, throws around 95 and has a good curve.
All in all, the A's delt from a position of strength as Gallagher was at this time their 6-7th best starter and there system is stacked with arms in the lower minors.They seemed to buy hi on Hairston who is having his best year with 10HR and 29 RBI in 56 games. They also sold low on Gallagher who is on the D.L. (knee) and never seemed to get enough right in 29 games (23 starts) in the majors as a young fireballer.
S.D. got a premier young prospect who probably will be starting by the end of the year along with two other live arms who after being turned into relievers could have a shot with the club in a year or two. S.D. was 26th in Team E.R.A in the majors, at one of the Best Pitchers park in the majors.
The A's get a cheap Powerful CF under team control for 2 1/2 years to make up for losing Holiday soon, or by the end of the year, and need to make a few more deals like this to improve their offense from the bottom of the A.L. in almost every important category.
The A's also took away one of the best options for other teams to trade for instead of Matt Holiday by the deadline if they are looking for a OF with some power thus helping keep Holidays trade value up.
The trade seems to help both teams, with the A's getting more out of it now with 2 1/2 years of +offense at a postion of need and the Pad's getting control of a pitcher who if he works out will be under team control till the end of 2013.