Padres Acquire Brian Tallet

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 4: Reliever Brian Tallet #56 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium on April 4, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The San Diego Padres have acquired left-hander Brian Tallet from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations or a PTBNL, reports Corey Brock of MLB.com.

The 34-year-old Tallet, who spent all but 1/3 of an inning this spring in the Pirates' minor league camp, will report to the Padres' Triple-A affiliate in Tuscon.

A small piece of the Colby Rasmus trade last July, Tallet only threw 13 1/3 Major League innings in 2011, posting a 9.45 ERA between the Cardinals and the Blue Jays.

The 6' 6" left-hander has nine years of big league experience altogether, primarily as a reliever, with a career 4.79 ERA, 4.2 BB/9 and 6.2 K/9.

Tallet did make 25 starts for the Blue Jays in 2009, but put up a disappointing 5.32 ERA in 160 2/3 innings.

The lefty will likely serve as no more than minor league depth for the Padres but could see a promotion in a pinch.

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