PITTSBURGH – Minor league left-hander Cory Stewart was acquired Thursday by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the San Diego Padres as the player to be named in the Brian Giles trade.
The 23-year-old Stewart was 12-7 with a 3.72 ERA in 24 starts for the Padres' Double-A Mobile farm club. He shared the Southern League lead in victories and tied for third with 133 strikeouts.
Stewart, a 27th-round draft pick by the Reds in 1998, was a combined 11-6 at the Padres' Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore farm clubs in 2002.
The Pirates also acquired outfielder Jason Bay and left-hander Oliver Perez in the Aug. 26 trade for Giles, one of the majors' top run producers the last five seasons.
To make room for Stewart on their 40-man roster, the Pirates released left-hander Jeff D'Amico (9-16, 4.77 ERA), who led the NL in losses.
Damn that is enough already .................. we have more than paid dammit .... I'm almost ready to give Giles back!!!!!!
Of course I kid.