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Phillies trade reliever Chad Qualls to Yankees

Jul 1, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

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From Mark Hale of the New York Post comes word that the Yankees have acquired right-handed reliever Chad Qualls from the Phillies for a player to be named later or future cash considerations.

Qualls was designated for assignment by Philly last week after posting a 4.60 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 31 1/3 innings. He’s doubtful to suddenly find success in the American League East, but a change of scenery can sometimes work wonders for a reliever and the Yankees will simply hope for the best.

The Phillies have now made two trades in two days, though both players were expendable. It’s not fair to say the organization is having a fire sale until someone like Cole Hamels starts getting shopped around to different teams. Oh, wait.

  1. randygnyc - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    It’s fair to say the Yankees gave up almost nothing, to get a player underperforming, with a huge upside. Let him through a few innings, then decide if he’s worth keeping. I’d pitch him in low stress situations to see what he’s got. He’ll have to be kept on a short leash, though. We can’t afford mediocrity, or worse, to to occupy a roster spot.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      Huge upside? They will call him up, he will blow a couple leads, and then get demoted.

    • delawarephilliesfan - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      The guy throws up a 3 run inning every 3rd time he takes the mound! If cutting back on that counts as “huge upside”, then sure.

      The Yankees didn’t give up much, (though Ryne Sandberg was once a “player to be named later”), but you didn’t get much either!

    • cur68 - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      Bro, Yankees gonna get Qualled. Tough nuts.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    I would like to see a Cole Hamels for Ramiro Pena trade. Oh, and also for Jessica Beil to be making out with Natalie Portman in my bed when I turn in tonight. Keeping my fingers crossed on both…

  3. bkl121 - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    can he be that much worse than cory wade has been this year?

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      Well, Wade’s last three appearances at least.

    • klink6224 - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      Yes. Qualls is…HORRIBLE

  4. randygnyc - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    I don’t expect anything from qualls. Neither do the Yankees. In that respect, he’s all upside. They didn’t give up anything for him. A PTBNL? They can offer a pop corn vendor? Cash? Lol. If he doesn’t record outs? Then it’s one more sentence on the back of his baseball card.

  5. dkphilly1122 - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    The Yankees coulda gave us a box of Dunkin Donuts for Chad Qualls. He sucks and no team deserves him more. There is NO Upside to Qualls, all down. He blew so many games for the Phillies, hence why everytime he pitched he got booed and everyone knew the game was over. But I guess only Yankee fans will think positive and that he won’t be a bad deal…..considering they gave up next to nothing for him……I wouldn’t want him on any team for free, let alone to give absolutely anything up. Ask anyone who watched him this year, Phillies fans or not will tell you he blows. Goodluck New York, you’ll need it with him.

    • pisano - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:24 PM

      He got booed every time he pitched in Philly? no offense, but rumor has it that Santa Claus gets booed in Philly. Seriously, all he’ll be is a stop gap until a few other pitchers are ready in a few weeks, one being David Aardsma, and rumor has it that Cory Wade will be put on the DL shortly.

    • delawarephilliesfan - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      Excatly – a box of Donuts would have been fine. I sort of laughed when I heard they were trying to trade him, I fully expected straight up release. So what ever they got I am fine with

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