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The Rays and Dbacks are about to strike a deal for Chad Qualls

Jul 31, 2010, 7:16 AM EDT

The Diamondbacks are on the verge of sending reliever Chad Qualls to the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later. Chad Qualls is 1-4 with an 8.51 ERA and has a salary of over $4 million this year. Word is that the Rays are picking up all that’s left of the salary.

Qualls has been horrendous this year, but his numbers have improved somewhat in the last month.  As Aaron noted back in June, there is no reason for him to be as bad as he’s been — he really did just fall off a cliff this year — and it’s possible he had some injury issues early in the season that he wasn’t telling anyone about.

He’s depth for Tampa Bay, I suppose, who aren’t in need of a closer.

  1. Pier588 - Jul 31, 2010 at 8:12 AM

    For some reason I am very skeptical of this trade rumor. It doesn’t make much sense as the Rays have several players in the minor leagues that could nicely fill out this roster in this regard. And they are much cheaper than this guy. With JP Howell back next season this just doesn’t make sense. If Maddening Joe and the Rays make this deal, this Rays fan will be very surprised.

  2. aschwartz - Jul 31, 2010 at 8:27 AM

    Could be a way to give Soriano a bit of a rest for the late season push. If we didn’t give up too much I am fine with it.

  3. Old Gator - Jul 31, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    I don’t get this one either. Maybe the Rays; GM has been inhaling too many toxic mold spores while working in the Tropicana Tumulus.

  4. basiltherat - Jul 31, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    I kind of get it, I think. Qualls generally gets a lot of ground ball outs, so it might be like the Chad Bradford deal in ’08 — an option for Maddon when he needs a DP grounder. (The only current Rays reliever who gets a lot of grounders is Choate, who can’t face righties.) Qualls is a lot better than his numbers this year, and he’ll have a much better infield defense behind him now, so he could easily turn out to be an asset.

  5. Ick McWang - Jul 31, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    I get it. Qualls was with pitching coach Jim Hickey in his Astros years, so the Rays pitching coach is very familiar w him, and those 4 years in Houston were Qualls best years.
    Take away this season, and the man has never had an ERA over 3.75. Pitches around 70 innings a year, can close but never really did until last year.
    The first commenter posted about having Howel back next year, that makes this make more sense, Qualls is only signed through this year. Doesn’t mean he won’t re-sign, but he is a rental, through and through.
    I figure Hickey thinks he can get Qualls back in form, and until we know the player to be named, I’d say this is a fairly low risk move, and certainly helps with Balfour going on the shelf.

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