Report: Padres to sign Qualls
Posted on: January 13, 2011 5:15 pm
Chad Qualls is in serious need of a bounceback season. Pitching half his games at Petco Park would be helpful toward that end.
Qualls is nearing a one-year deal with the Padres worth about $2 million with a club option for 2012, according to FOXSports.com. A one-year deal was probably all he was going to get after his disastrous 2010, and it's in his best interests to see whether he can re-establish himself. In case he does, this deal gives the Padres another year of Qualls at what they'd hope would be a below-market cost.
The 32-year-old right-hander started last season as Arizona's closer and was the ugliest part of the Diamondbacks' very ugly bullpen. After collecting 24 saves in 2009, Qualls had an 8.29 ERA and 12 saves in 43 appearances in 2010 before the Diamondbacks dumped him on the Rays at the trade deadline for a player to be named later. His peripheral numbers in Arizona suggested he'd be more successful in the second half, and he was, though he was still ineffective with a 5.57 ERA and a 1.429 WHIP.
There was a pretty good amount of reported interest in Qualls this winter, and the Padres could use some bullpen options after losing four relievers since the end of the season. Qualls is a Type B free agent, so the Rays will get a supplemental first-round pick. The Padres will not surrender a pick.
-- David Andriesen