Phillies Sign Chad Qualls

The Phillies announced that they signed right-handed reliever Chad Qualls to a one-year, $1.15MM contract. The deal includes performance bonuses for the Hendricks Sports client.

Qualls posted a 3.51 ERA with 5.2 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and a 56.6% ground ball rate in 74 1/3 innings for the Padres last year. The Phillies point out that the 33-year-old has made more appearances (512) than any other MLB pitcher since 2005. He has a 3.78 ERA with 7.1 K/9, 2.5 BB/9 and a 57.5% ground ball rate in eight career seasons.

The Phillies added Jonathan Papelbon and Dontrelle Willis to the bullpen earlier in the offseason. Dave Bush and David Purcey will be among the team's non-roster invitees.


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36 Comments on "Phillies Sign Chad Qualls"


3 years 7 months ago

Nice, late pickup (and a bargain) knowing that Qualls has made more appearances (512) than any MLB pitcher in the past 7 seasons.

*Edit: I was so, so wrong.

3 years 7 months ago

Appearances at a bar after a blown save, perhaps.

3 years 7 months ago

Haha, his splits at CBP are awful, but hopefully Dubee will straighten that out.

herman Hainey
3 years 6 months ago

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hgr900
3 years 6 months ago

Yea it’s because he was pitching vs the Phillies :)

FillyPhan
3 years 7 months ago

Dont worry Phillies have a closer already so that wont happen

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 7 months ago

You know that any blown lead is a “blown save…” Regardless of the inning.

Phillibuster
3 years 7 months ago

 Not entirely true.  It has to be 7th or later, I believe.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 6 months ago

It’s any time a decision is blown. I think Kyle Kendrick got one in the 4th or 5th inning in a game against New York. Typically it’s after the 5th.

chico65
3 years 7 months ago

I loved him in “Road Trip”

bigpat
3 years 7 months ago

It took me a while, but I get it.

alan104
3 years 7 months ago

Did a decent job once he got settled in for the Rays a few seasons ago. Don’t a bad signing considereing the price.

rockfordone
3 years 7 months ago

Nice signing

Lastings
3 years 7 months ago

It’s almost like Brad Lidge never left…

mike melusky
3 years 7 months ago

Qualls allowed a .550 OPS at home, but a .820 OPS on the road.  I would love to pitch in Petco Park.

GlassJawn
3 years 7 months ago

Didn’t Qualls give up something like 6 runs in one inning last season at CBP?  It happened I think when word went out that he might get traded to a contender.   Looks like Ruben still doing his homework.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 7 months ago

That happens for relievers… I know Madson imploded like that in a game in Washington. Sometimes guys just can’t get outs and it snowballs.

BruhoftheYear2k13
3 years 7 months ago

What’s with Philadelphia always picking up ex-Astros?? It’s like Philly’s current GM used to be the Astros GM……..

jb226
3 years 7 months ago

Other way around, and STILL not true anymore.

3 years 6 months ago

Ed Wade was their GM and he used 2 b a phils GM so it runs in connections

PhillyInDC
3 years 7 months ago

The Phillies entire 25 man roster is made up of relief pitchers

hgr900
3 years 6 months ago

No, they traded Valdez

FillyPhan
3 years 7 months ago

Nice pickup, guess that means the end of Stutes…

GlassJawn
3 years 7 months ago

While Stutes stumbled in the second half of the season, he did a great job for a rookie thrown in huge situation.  Very few rookies can finish their first season in the bigs with a 3.63 ERA and a WHIP of 1.242.  Plus you factor in that the bullpen was plagued with injuries, contending team, hitters park.  I’m just upset that Charlie & Ruben might not give Bastardo, Aumont, DeFratus, Stutes, Schwimmer, Savory, & a bunch of other young arms a REAL chance in the majors this coming season.

JimB48
3 years 7 months ago

Close to a career 1.00 ERA w/ bases empty.  Only bring him in to start an inning.  Also seems to always have a significantly better home ERA than road ERA, independent to who he plays for.  Could be a nice addition, if used correctly. 

hgr900
3 years 6 months ago

Only way you give up runs with bases empty is a HR…not too amazing

platetectonics
3 years 7 months ago

He used to be filthy in Houston. 

chico65
3 years 7 months ago

Why, do they have lower standards for personal hygiene in TX?

lefty177
3 years 7 months ago

ahh, i see what you did there!

Vote4DougWilson
3 years 7 months ago

I guess the Phillies have a thing for former Tigers than can’t throw strikes… Willis and Purcey coming to camp eh?

3 years 7 months ago

I think this signing more reflects the status of Contreras’s health rather than knocking Stutes out of the pen…  If so, its a good signing.

3 years 7 months ago

Was the market for Chad Qualls so frothy that they really had to give him a gauranteed MLB contract?  Other than that, throw at wall, inspect for “stick”.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 7 months ago

Really good signing. For a million bucks, this guy gives you good depth in the 8th inning. His #’s in his last 19 appearances weren’t too shabby either.

0vercast
3 years 7 months ago

Way to go, Twins.  Couldn’t spare a million bucks, huh?

Blue_Bomb
3 years 6 months ago

I wish the Red Sox had gotten him.

3 years 6 months ago

ruben great move (once again) low priced ground ball pitcher who used 2 b 1 of the  best relievers in the game i think this replaces baez easily juan pierre gives speed off the bench i hope charlie puts him on the opening day roster i want him 2 b the leadoff hitter and LF so we have some real speed at the of the lineup with J-roll and start mayberry against left handerssince J-roll in my mind isnt a leadoff hitter anymore hes more of a 2 or 6 hitter