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Yankees swap Chad Qualls to Pirates for Casey McGehee

Jul 31, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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Four weeks ago the Yankees sent cash to the Phillies for Chad Qualls, but after eight unimpressive appearances he’s on the move again. New York has sent Qualls to Pittsburgh for Casey McGehee, who became superfluous as a right-handed-hitting third baseman/first baseman once the Pirates acquired Gaby Sanchez from the Marlins today.

Neither player has been much good this season. Qualls has a 4.89 ERA and 21/12 K/BB ratio in 39 innings overall, including allowing five runs in 7.1 innings since the Yankees got him from the Phillies. McGehee has hit just .230 with a .674 OPS and was even worse last year, hitting .223 with a .626 OPS.

This is about as low-wattage as a deadline deal involving two veteran players can possibly get.

  1. number42is1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    THIS is going to be the deal that changes the Yanks season… yup… look back in Oct. when they are holding the chip up high and you will all say.. it was that trade for McGehee that got us here..
    /sarcasm off

    • protius - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:46 AM

      Dude, don’t quit your day job.

      You have no future as a baseball analyst or as a stand-up comedian.

      • number42is1 - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:14 AM

        23 out of 29 people disagree with you…. now… seeing as how you are slow and it takes you almost 3 days to read 2 sentences i expect to hear from you by Monday.

  2. stackers1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Qualls sucked anyway. Whatever.

    • number42is1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      yea… no question that if this didnt happen they prob would have waivered and then released him anyway. but man.. a bat would have been nice to trade for

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:25 PM

        You did trade for a bat, the problem is the man wielding it.

  3. Stiller43 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    The guy we traded for lincoln better be good

  4. Jeremy T - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    With the injuries to A-Rod and (maybe) Tex, a mediocre corner infielder is more valuable to the Yankees than a mediocre relief pitcher. Clearly not a game changer, but with the lack of internal options and the relative worthlessness of Qualls, I like it.

  5. sdelmonte - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Can McGehee field? If so, he might be a decent back-up for Chavez.

    And this is a sign that Joba will be back any day now.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    I think taking Chad Qualls out of the bullpen makes them instantly better.

  7. danaking - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    The was the other show I’d seen waiting for to drop since the Sanchez for Hernandez trade. I don;t see how the Pirates are any better now than they were three days ago, or how Hurdle will have the line-up shake out, but if these are the activities that kept Huntington from trading Marte for Choo, i’ll take it.

    However, all fully on board with Stiller43: this guy from the jays better be good. Lincoln was a very valuable component of the pitching staff. I would far rather have seen Correia go than Lincoln, but I supposed Toronto wanted Lincoln far more than they wanted Correia..

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Pirates offense has stunk, and they got a high-upside, cost-controlled, long-term asset in Snider. It may not work out, but that is a gamble worth taking. Unless Toronto is will to do backsies on the whole Bautista trade. That would also be good.

  8. Utley's Hair - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Qualls? QUALLS?!? How does this move get the Bucs any closer to breaking that losing season streak?

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      It doesn’t get us any closer but it doesn’t get us any further away. Qualls will be an option after Hanarahan, Grilli (thanks for that), Cruz, Watson, and Resop.

      Casey McGhee was expendable now that they acquired Gaby Sanchez. Gave up nothing and got nothing.

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    I guess McGehee can stand at 3B with a glove on his hand when the Yankees face a lefty. Or keep first base warm for a week while Teix heals up. Either way Qualls was a goner so I guess this is a risk worth taking.

    I actually applaud the Pirates for not getting sucked into their first taste of winning in a couple decades by throwing out top prospects for rent-a-vets. They are making marginal upgrades without sacrificing future success.

  10. The Rabbit - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    and here I thought the Pirates were serious about making a run for the postseason. Chad Qualls. Really?
    The main stat missing is “The Qualls Index”, i.e., the percentage of inherited runners he induced (watching him had some similarities to labor) to score thereby inflating the prior pitcher’s ERA. If some percentage of those runs were applied to his ERA, I’d guess it’s really in the 8.50-9.00 range, but I might be understating it.
    For the Yankees, it’s addition by subtraction.

  11. randygnyc - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Joba activated just now.

  12. dkphilly1122 - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Qualls sucks. I told Yankee fans when they got him from the Phillies that he’d hurt them more than help them. Now the Pirates will see how bad he sucks. He won’t help your team at all, if anything hurt it. Stop trying to rashing this Pirates fans, he sucks. Ask Phillies and Yankees fans……..he needs to retire.

  13. ironcity6pak - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Perfect time for the pirates to show there fans they want to win and this season will be different….dropped the ball again buco’s.

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