:icon_wtf: http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stor...1942-hairston-dealt-s-pitching-prospe/?padres Hairston dealt to A's for prospects By Bill Center Union-Tribune Staff Writer 2:00 a.m. July 6, 2009 Scott Hairston Scott Hairston was not surprised, but that didn't mean he wasn't stunned. The outfielder who had become the main source of protection for Adrian Gonzalez in the National League's worst offense, was traded yesterday afternoon to the Oakland A's for right-handed pitchers Ryan Webb and Craig Italiano and a player to be named later. The announcement came an hour after the Padres dropped a 7-6, 13-inning decision to the Dodgers at Petco Park. “This came out of the blue,” said an emotional Hairston in the Padres clubhouse after most of his teammates had boarded the buses headed for Lindbergh Field and the flight to Arizona for today's opener of a seven-game road trip. “Around this time of the year, you start thinking, 'What if.' I have to do my thing somewhere else. It's not what I wanted, but it's not for me to say. “It's hard to reflect on my time here. They gave me my chance. I've expressed that to (manager) Bud Black and (General Mmanager) Kevin Towers. I'll miss being here.” When the Padres acquired Hairston from the Diamondbacks on July 27, 2007, for right-handed reliever Leo Rosales, he was a part-time player whose playing time was eroding. His career was quickly rekindled with the Padres as he closed the 2007 season with eight homers in 87 at-bats with the Padres. Over the next two seasons, Hairston, 29, went from being a role player to platooning in center field with Jody Gerut to being an everyday player and the second-most feared bat in the Padres lineup. He was hitting .299 with 10 homers and 29 RBI for the Padres despite spending 16 games on the disabled list last month with a strained left biceps muscle. “Since Scott joined us, he'd developed into a good everyday player,” said Towers. “We really didn't want to give him up, but we needed some arms.” They got two directly, with one more to come by the end of July. Webb, 23, has appeared in 31 games (two starts) for Triple-A Sacramento this season, going 7-1 with two saves and a 4.34 ERA. Webb, who has 39 strikeouts against 15 walks, will join the Padres in Arizona today and be added to the major league roster. Webb has a 3.82 ERA out of the bullpen with 30 strikeouts and seven walks. Italiano, 22, will report to Single-A Lake Elsinore. He has made 16 starts for Single-A Stockton this season, going 5-6 with a 5.63 ERA. He is averaging 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings. Originally signed as a second-round selection in the 2005, Italiano has gone 14-16 with a 5.27 ERA in 62 games (48 starts) over parts of five minor league seasons in the A's organization (2005-09). But Towers said the “player to be named later” could be the key element of the trade for the Padres. Towers said the Padres can pick from two pitchers offered by the A's. The deal will be completed by the end of July. Towers said he almost traded Hairston to another team Saturday before the A's came in with a better offer. Hairston again opened this season platooning in center with Gerut, but became an everyday player just before the end of April after getting off to a .400 start with three homers in his first 40 at-bats. Since being acquired from Arizona, Hairston hit .270, with 37 doubles, five triples, 35 home runs, 80 RBI and 83 runs scored in 610 at-bats over 199 games. The trade of Hairston, who was making $1.25 million this season, means Tony Gwynn becomes the Padres' everyday center fielder. Gwynn had been playing in right when Hairston started in center. With Brian Giles on the disabled list, Will Venable and Edgar Gonzalez become the leading immediate candidates in right, although 22-year-old rookie Kyle Blanks has been taking flies in right the past three days. “It's easier going from left to right than first to left,” said Blanks. Fu@k Kevin Towers,Bud Black and John Moores!