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Baseball San Diego Padres lure Shawn Kelley from New York Yankees

The San Diego Padres traded for relief pitcher Shawn Kelley, sending minor league thrower Johnny Barbato to the New York Yankees.

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Kelley, 30, moves to his third MLB club after the Seattle Mariners and Yankees, coming off a 3-6 win-loss record in the 2014 season.

The right-hander's season saw him make his most starts in a major league campaign - 59 - and Kelley also completed his first saves in the MLB, tallying four.

Kelley said he was admiring the Padres' recruiting before being acquired by the Petco Park outfit on Monday.

"I just made the comment to a friend the other day, 'Wow, the Padres are picking up everybody," he said.

"They're going to be really good this year.' A few days later, here I am...one of them."

Kelley will be pitching for a National League ballclub for the first time in his career but he said the slight changes from the American League would not faze him.

"I don't think I'll be upset about the park or the weather, that's for sure," Kelley added.

"I've never been in the National League; I've played a few series here or there in the National League but pitching is pitching, for me.

"I'm excited. I like those fields out there, those stadiums, and I don't mind the travel that much. I'm looking forward to a new challenge and a new opportunity."

Barbato, a 22-year-old reliever, is yet to make his major league debut.

The Padres have added Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Justin Upton, Derek Norris, Will Middlebrooks, Tim Federowicz, Brandon Morrow and Kelley to their roster since December 18.

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