Yankees acquire Chad Qualls

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Via Mark Hale, the Yankees have acquired Chad Qualls from the Phillies for a player to be named later or cash. Philadelphia designated the veteran right-handed reliever for assignment earlier this week. No word on the corresponding roster moves yet.

Qualls, 33, was pretty awful with the Phillies — 4.60 ERA and 5.61 FIP — and has been awful for about three years now. Since the start of 2010, he’s pitched to a 5.08 ERA (4.31 FIP) in 164.2 innings, the fourth highest ERA among qualified relievers. Qualls is a sinker guy, relying on grounders (55.6% since 2010) and not strikeouts (6.07 K/9 and 15.3 K%). It is worth noting that he’s held right-handed batters to a .286 wOBA over the last three seasons, so he’s something of a specialist.

Qualls signed a one-year, $1.15M deal with the Phillies this past offseason, so he’s cheap and will become a free agent after the season. I’m still not quite sure why the Yankees traded for him unless someone — Cory Wade after his 58-pitch appearance the other day? — is going to the DL. I suppose it could also have something to do with David Aardsma‘s setback. Kinda weird.

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  • Pat D

    Um…why?

    • Rick

      One mans trash is Yankees treasure.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Corey Trash

    • Need Pitching

      never-ending search to replace George Kontos?

  • TH

    Just some networking before the Hamels deal.

    • John S.

      Heh, I jokingly said the same thing.

  • DT

    He’s an Okay ROOGY…3.42 FIP 3.13 xFIP against righties. 8.98 FIP 5.36xFIP vs lefties.

  • Frank

    Yanks need to get a catcher. Martin is plain awful offensively.

    • Lee

      Finally someone who agrees with me about Martin.. He keeps our pitchers in the game but can’t provide them any offense.. Ridiculous!!

    • Ted Nelson

      He isn’t hitting well this season, but he’s not awful for a C.

  • pat

    Another Eppley.

  • M-Three

    Why? This guy is worse than Eppley. Qualls sucked in Philly and will be just as bad for us.

    • Len S.

      Optimism! I love it!!

  • Leg-End

    Off the scrap heap, we’ve done OK recently with these types of pickups for the bullpen.

  • DERP
  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    The new Chad Gaudin? The new Sergio Mitre?

    The new vomit bag?

  • yankeefan

    Might ass well gave manny delcarmen a chance

  • Bunt Gardner

    New punching bag for stuart?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    This is an awesome acquisition for the 2008 Yankees.

    In all seriousness, it’s a flyer. Who gives a shit?

  • Tom

    I guess I’m in the minority, but I think this is a decent pickup (even if he never pitches).

    If one or two people in the pen go down with an injury in the next month who is called up? With the Aardsma setback, the Yankees really don’t have much depth.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Middle reliever unpredictability can just as easy go in the other direction. Qualls could considerably get it right back.

      It’s a PTBNL or cash. It’s so not a big deal unless someone presses the wrong button and sends Gary Sanchez to Philly.

  • Dela G

    Chad Gopherball Qualls. He gives up bombs at crucial points in a game.

  • Greg

    I agree with Tom. Its a decent pickup. Cory Wade has had the shine come off him. so perhaps looking for another junker to clean

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Remember when people WANTED the Yankees to get Qualls?

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Haha. I honestly have no recollection of that.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Look back a couple of years on here. You’ll find it.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    I remember when I wanted a new reliever, but this isn’t quite what I had in mind.

  • BK2ATL

    Guess this means that Aardsma’s setback was more than a little setback.

    Didn’t realize that Wade already has 58 appearances. That’s a lot. Hopefully, he gets the rest needed to bounce back. We’ll definitely need him in the 2nd half now.

    I have no idea what the Qualls plan is, or how it fits into the bullpen, but I’d still take Wade over him. Then there Eppley, Rapada, Logan, Robertson and Soriano.

    • DERP

      I loled.

  • Steve

    Someone above said he’s a ROOGY of some sorts at this point. Maybe this means they are ready to give Eppley are more significant role in the bullpen? Or they give him him a try for a month until Aardsma and/or Joba are ready and just throw him out if he sucks.

  • Southern Yankee

    Qualls in theory is a step up over Wade and Eppley…. No cost, no big deal….