Yankees Acquire Chad Qualls

4:08 pm: The Yankees have designated infielder Matt Antonelli for assignment to make room for Qualls on their 40-man roster, tweets Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. The Yankees had claimed Antonelli on waivers from the Orioles in May.

3:38 pm: The Yankees announced they have acquired reliever Chad Qualls from the Phillies for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Phillies had designated Qualls for assignment on Thursday. This is the second trade in as many days for the Phillies, who dealt Jim Thome to the Orioles yesterday for a pair of Class A prospects.

The Yankees needed to supplement their bullpen with the recent struggles of Cory Wade and the promotion of Freddy Garcia to the starting rotation because of injuries to C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte. Qualls has struggled himself in 2012 with a 4.60 ERA in a team-high 35 games for the Phillies. 

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  1. Qualls and the Phillies needed new starts anyways so it will benefit both parties.

  2. Devern Hansack 3 years ago

    As a Red Sox fan, I am okay with this.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      LOL. Doubt he will hang around long. He defines the term journeyman, as far as relievers go.

    • ROR1997 3 years ago

      As a yankee fan, i lol’d

  3. rainyperez 3 years ago

    One bandbox to another. This can’t be good for Qualls. 

  4. atleast were not giving up much hopefully just for cash conciderations. maybe the phills will ask for cash to help keep hamels around

    • LazerTown 3 years ago

      if it is cash it really won’t be much, maybe enough for 1 week of hamels potential salary.

  5. Good bye Cory Wade, thanks for all your help !

    • im hoping thats sarcasm lol. i liked him last year, and he was decent for alittle while this year but in the last month he has blown a couple saves lost games to walk off HR’s (example being against the angels.) and come close a couple times in blowing the lead. just hope Qualls can turn it aaround being in a new city.

      • LazerTown 3 years ago

        He has struggled, but tbh i really don’t like the way girardi has managed the bullpen.  Seen alot times up by 3 runs and a guy blows through 3 hitters for 12 pitch innings.  Yet he still brings a new guy in. 

        Would really like yankees keep him around and just let him pitch in unimportant situations to let him work through his struggles.

  6. frank_costanza 3 years ago

    Wow. Someone actually wanted Qualls enough to trade for him? Win for the Phils. 

    Qualls’ numbers are right on par with his career against right-handed hitters. So if they use him situationally they could get some decency. But, his numbers at home weren’t good, so I’m curious to see how they will be in a smaller park in NY.

    • yanks will use him just like their using everyone else. situationaly. he will only face righties. who knows though maybe he only needs a new city to change things around. not like their going to give up awhole lot. phils should take the cash to try to bring back hamels lol

  7. Chad Qualls moving to a smaller ballpark, with American League hitting… What can possibly go wrong?

    • concidering he will only be facing righties not much. and thats if he even gets a call up. plus cant be much worst then what corey wade has been.

    • MB923 3 years ago

      Well I asked the same question when Logan and Rapada came in. Although again Id be shocked if Qualls was any good in NY.

      • LazerTown 3 years ago

        You gotta credit the yankees, they regularly are able to turn scraps for cheap into a pretty good bullpen.  Logan has been decent since he came to ny, rapada has been unspectacular against righties but has dominated lefties, wade was strong last year, eppley has been solid.

        Qualls should do alright in NY.  He is their type, good vs one side, righties in his case.  As long as they keep him away from lefties which philly didn’t do they are fine.

        • John Lazzaro 3 years ago

          Logan’s best season has been this year the best I’ve ever seen him pitch so far as a yankee

        • Trout Almonte 3 years ago

          In other news, opposing teams have been hiring help to steal Girardi’s big binder.

    • the same as Kyle Kendrick did when he faced the Mets in Philly.But you never know

    • 1980CHAMPS 3 years ago

      A smaller ball park yes but what does AL hitting have to do with it?  Most relievers who bounce from league to league have similar numbers in both.  

  8. sourbob 3 years ago

    He was a godawful Phil, yes.

    But Qualls used carefully and situationally at the back end of a pretty good bullpen will likely be a different thing than Qualls used as an all-purpose guy in setup for a terrible bullpen. I’m not figuring he will set the league on fire or anything, but a return to being basically useful seems entirely possible.

    • burnboll 3 years ago

      Qualls was also arguably with the worst pitching coach in the majors, Dubee. Rothschild has a good track record of developing prospects as well as refurnishing old broke down vets.

      If Yanks saw something in Qualls, they’re much more likely to be able to bring it out than the clueless Dubee.

  9. JRC 3 years ago

    for the love of God, get garza already… 

    • LazerTown 3 years ago

      Why?  Hughes, Kuroda, Nova have been solid, cc will be back soon, and phelps and garcia should hold down the last slot till andy gets back.  Garza’s experience in the Al East is a 3.90 era, so why is that a plus?

      • captainjeter 3 years ago

        why are people in panic mode? CC will be back after the All Star Break. It is a minor  groin  injury. Cashman  and Giradi said Sunday , if this was September , he would have pitched through it . But , with the All Star Break coming , it was wiser to shut  him down for a few weeks.
        So whst if  he misses 2-4 starts. Andy  being gone is the more concern. His spot is the one that is  going to be  missed more.

  10. bigpat 3 years ago

    I guess they want to lose a few more games? 

    • MB923 3 years ago

      They have Wade for that. Seemed like of all the Yankees losses in June this guy was responsible for at least half of them.

      • LazerTown 3 years ago

        Aside from the 2nd half of june he hasn’t been that bad.  2 runs in 4.2 innings in first half fune, and era was below 2.50 coming into the month.

      • captainjeter 3 years ago

        is this a  sign that Wade  will be sent packing ? I hope so.

        • MB923 3 years ago

           Maybe Yankees and Mets can work out a trade. Yankees give up Wade (who would become, even with this slump, one of the Mets best bullpen pitchers), and maybe the Yankees get back someone who can hit with RISP!

          Scott Hairston maybe? (just a suggestion, I know it’s not happening)

          • tell you what we will give you Hairston for your lovely guy Granderson.Yeah Never will happen the Mets OVERLY UNBALANCE that trade.

          • MB923 3 years ago

            Yeah because Hairston is equal to Granderson. And if you think that’s an unfair trade, think again

            Hairston has a career OPS+ of 98 at a position where a vast majority of players have over 100. Wade has a career ERA+ of 123.

            Hairston despite the high slugging percentage still has a very low OBP and his career OBP is only .302

  11. slider32 3 years ago

    Qualls is just a filler to eat up some innings, he won’t be on the team in Sept.

    • LazerTown 3 years ago

      I wouldn’t bet on that, he is strong vs righties, rapada, eppley, logan, wade all were scrubs before they became solid pieces in the yankees bullpen.

      • wade wasnt a scrub, he was really above average with the dodgers one year but torre pitched him until his arm fell off and the next season he was hurt of the over use.

        • John Lazzaro 3 years ago

          Was never a huge fan of Wade but Girardi really looked horrible when he made Wade throw nearly 60 pitches in that last out where he was battered for 6 runs and 7 hits very disturbing to see Wade left in when he clearly didn’t have it.

    • captainjeter 3 years ago

      I have no problem with this trade as long as it  only cost them money or a lower level prospect.

  12. DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

    Cory Wade did a fine job out of the bullpen for the Yankees. The pickup of Wade from the Rays off of waivers was a steal by the Yankees last season and he was an instant upgrade to the Yankees bullpen. I personally think some of his struggles this year are in part due to his being over used as guys have needed to step in up the absence of other relievers. Aside from some dead arm, he is a dependable reliever for the team who should not be called a scrub by anyone because of a couple of recent off games.

    Relievers, whether good or bad can find it and lose it in an instant. Everyone making sarcastic jokes about Qualls are the same people who made jokes about an arm like Clay Rapada or an arm like Guillermo Mota when the Mets traded for him and his 7 era. Aside from a bad stretch, Qualls was viewed very highly in the Phillies bullpen to start the season. On the cheap and on a new team he can just as easily find it again. Decent move at best, but he can get outs. 

    A guy like Will Ohman was someone I am sure they liked as well, but with Pedro Feliciano coming back soon (very good reports on him!) a righty like Qualls (ROOGY) was just what the doctor ordered given Wades struggles and Aardsma’s setback

    • That is true.Look at the starting pitching standpoint the mets signed R.A Dickey 2 years ago and who would have thought he would be 12-1 with a 2.15 era right now aside from having a string of 14 consecutive qulality outings before hand making im as consistent as Buherle has been even before this season began. Some pitchers surpirse I also forot to mention Dickey threw over 200 innings last year so he definitley has proven to show he has the consistency of Buherle and the innings eatingwork of Arroyo

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