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Mets inquire on free agent reliever Chad Qualls

Dec 5, 2011, 5:55 PM EST

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have inquired about free agent reliever Chad Qualls.

Qualls posted a 3.51 ERA and 43/20 K/BB ratio over 74 1/3 innings with the Padres this season. The 33-year-old right-hander enjoyed most of his success at the spacious PETCO Park, posting a 2.09 ERA at home compared to an ugly 5.05 ERA on the road.

The Mets are weighing a wide variety of low-cost bounceback types for the back-end of their bullpen, including Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch, but considering that Qualls’ strikeout rate has declined over the past two seasons and he was a disaster as Arizona’s closer in 2010, he’s probably better suited to a seventh or eighth-inning role at this point.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 5, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Pretty paltry fare for the Mutts. Why not try him out at shortstop while they’re at it?

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 5, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    With a name like “Chad Qualls”, I would think that he belongs in southern California. The Mutts should go for both Francisco and Rauch.

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