Trade Complete for Giles

The San Diego Padres sent left-handed pitcher Cory Stewart on Thursday to the Pittsburgh Pirates to finalize a trade that sent left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez and outfielder Jason Bay and a player to be named to the Pirates in exchange for outfielder Brian Giles on August 26.

Cory Stewart, 23, went 12-7 with a 3.72 ERA (52 ER/125 2/3 IP) for Double-A Mobile in 2003. Originally signed by the Padres as a minor league free agent on October 25, 2001, Stewart struck out 133 batters in his 125 2/3 innings of work with the BayBears. In three minor league seasons with San Diego and Cincinnati, Stewart is 25-13 with a 3.18 ERA (107 ER/303 IP) in 63 career games (57 starts).

Stewart had been rumored to be going to Pittsburgh to complete the deal for Brian Giles. Stewart was still able to be the PTBNL in the Giles trade because he was recalled/not to report on Sept. 5. The bottom line is he wasn't placed on San Diego's active roster.

One person did not think his inclusion was such a big loss to the Padres organization. While he is another left hander gone, the reviews weren't glowing.

"I don't want to say too much on that one…," said Tom Nichols, the announcer in Mobile. "I wasn't that big a fan. I wasn't a huge Cory Stewart fan. He did OK for us this year."

The Padres 40-man roster now stands at 33 players.


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