Gallagher was the odd man out on the San Diego Padres staff because the abundance of quality young arms around him.
"They have a lot of great pitchers over there," Gallagher said. "I think it speaks volumes for them. Every guy in that bullpen has closer stuff and they are doing a great job. I was just one of the guys that wasn't tied to the organization and it was easier to cut ties with me."
In his last 13 innings, Gallagher posted a 2.77 ERA before the Padres designated him for assignment on July 1. The Pirates were one of several teams that asked about his services.
While Gallagher was prepared to fill any role, he believed his experience and four-pitch repertoire were best suited for a starter role.
"I really enjoy starting," Gallagher explained. "I've been doing it my whole career and being in the big leagues at times I've started and relieved and I've done it all. I'd like to start and whatever they ask me to do and whatever they want me to do I'm all on board for it."
His career ERA over 60 appearances, including 23 starts, is 5.57.
"I wouldn't say it's the pitches I need to improve," Gallagher offered. "I would say it's the mechanics. At times I've been a little quick with my front side and I've had a little struggle with that. I've worked with Ray Searage in the past and it's going to be a pleasure to work with Joe Kerrigan and we'll get this ironed out and be good to go."
Gallagher made his Pirates debut on July 10 in the sixth inning and let the Brewers load the bases with one out. But Gallagher struck out Ryan Braun, and lefty Javier Lopez caught Prince Fielder looking. Gallagher made his PNC Park debut on Friday July 16 against the Astros and surrendered a run in the seventh inning.
"I'm just lucky enough now where being out of options can be a blessing or a curse," Gallagher opined. "It was a curse, but it's given me the opportunity to come over here and hopefully get things back on track and be a great pitcher for the Pirates."