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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  1. 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.

    • Appearances at a bar after a blown save, perhaps.

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

      • FillyPhan 4 years ago

        Dont worry Phillies have a closer already so that wont happen

        • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

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

          • Phillibuster 4 years ago

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

          • Phillies_Aces35 4 years 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 4 years ago

        I loved him in “Road Trip”

  2. alan104 4 years 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.

  3. rockfordone 4 years ago

    Nice signing

  4. Lastings 4 years ago

    It’s almost like Brad Lidge never left…

  5. mike melusky 4 years ago

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

  6. GlassJawn 4 years 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 4 years 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.

  7. Zeke Barrera 4 years ago

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

  8. PhillyInDC 4 years ago

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

  9. FillyPhan 4 years ago

    Nice pickup, guess that means the end of Stutes…

    • GlassJawn 4 years 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.

  10. JimB48 4 years 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 ago

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

  11. platetectonics 4 years ago

    He used to be filthy in Houston. 

  12. Vote4DougWilson 4 years ago

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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”.

  15. Phillies_Aces35 4 years 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.

  16. 0vercast 4 years ago

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

  17. Blue_Bomb 3 years ago

    I wish the Red Sox had gotten him.

  18. 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

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