Pirates, Yankees Swap McGehee, Qualls

The Yankees acquired corner infielder Casey McGehee and $250K from the Pirates for reliever Chad Qualls, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

For all the talk of the Yankees seeking a defense-first third baseman to fill in for Alex Rodriguez, they went with right-handed power in McGehee.  Perhaps the Yanks liked McGehee's versatility, with Mark Teixeira ailing as well.  McGehee, 29, is hitting .230/.297/.377 in 293 plate appearances for the Pirates. They acquired him from the Brewers for Jose Veras in December; McGehee has about $890K remaining on his contract.  He's arbitration eligible for 2013, but may be non-tendered.  He was made more expendable by the Pirates' acquisition of first baseman Gaby Sanchez from the Marlins earlier today.

Qualls, 33, has a 4.89 ERA, 4.9 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 1.63 HR/9, and 54% groundball rate for the Phillies and Yankees this year.  The Yankees acquired Qualls from the Phils on July 1st after he'd been designated for assignment, and Qualls was a likely roster casualty had he remained with the Yanks.


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99 Comments on "Pirates, Yankees Swap McGehee, Qualls"


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zolttt
2 years 11 months ago

I think the pirates would have been better served trading for a pitching machine with a yankee logo on it….

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formerdraftpick
2 years 11 months ago

Can they still get one?

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Septhinox
2 years 11 months ago

A bag of M&Ms would have been robbery by the Yankees. Qualls sucks.

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PiratesFan
2 years 11 months ago

There was no room for McGehee, so I’m glad we got something for him

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erm016
2 years 11 months ago

Again, a bag of M&M’s would have been plenty.

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Webmonarch
2 years 11 months ago

As a Pirates fan, I am so amazingly underwhelmed about either of these guys. Hard to love it or hate it, but can’t say I’m loving Chad Qualls.

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East Coast Bias
2 years 11 months ago

Even if we didn’t get McGehee in return, this would be a win for the Yanks.

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Gary Schneider II
2 years 11 months ago

Qualls is awfull.