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Phillies sign reliever Chad Qualls

Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:26 am
Edited on: January 31, 2012 11:29 am
By Matt Snyder

Free agent relief pitcher Chad Qualls has signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract with the Phillies, the club announced Tuesday.


Qualls, 33, appeared in 77 games for the Padres last season, putting up a 3.51 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 74 1/3 innings. He struck out 43 while walking 20. He has 51 career saves, mostly from a stint as the Diamondbacks closer, but Qualls has been a setup type for the majority of his career.

One item that is cause for concern is that Qualls was destroyed on the road last season. His home games came in notorious pitchers' park Petco Park. On the road, he had a 5.05 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. He gave up 43 hits in just 35 2/3 innings on the road. Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia generally plays around league average to slightly above average for hitters, so Qualls may be in trouble if he doesn't have a much better season.

The good news for Qualls and the Phillies is he won't be counted on for an overly significant role. Jonathan Papelbon is the closer while Antonio Bastardo and Jose Contreras (should he return healthy at some point) can set up. That leaves Qualls as a middle man eventually, though he does provide insurance in case Contreras suffers any setbacks in his return from elbow surgery.

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Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:39 am

Phillies sign reliever Chad Qualls

I thought the Phillies had their eyes on him at the trde deadline last year if I'm correct. But I do remember his name being mentioned in some foprm or fashion.  Qualls has decents numbers from last year and barring an injury should be a reliable pitcher for them for a bargain price.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 6:50 am

Phillies sign reliever Chad Qualls

I don't see the signing of former Padres pitcher Chad Qualls as a bad move...the price was right, and if he doesn't pan out, no problem. Also, he has been a closer and good set up man for the Diamondbacks as well. He's just insurance since the Phillies also have Jose Contreras and Antonio Bastardo. The real issue for the Phillies may be scoring runs with Ryan Howard out until may.

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:24 am

Phillies sign reliever Chad Qualls

Pierre is the 5th outfileder for crying out loud.  What are you crying about?

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:54 pm

Phillies sign reliever Chad Qualls

Players like Qualls and Juan Pierre are signings that rae under the radar but will prove significant in the long run.
Juan Pierre is a bad baseball player right now. There are at least a half dozen Phillies players I'd rather see on this roster than him in the OF. 

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:04 pm

Phillies sign reliever Chad Qualls

Qualls' best years are behind him.  He was very hittable last year at times and struggled with his control.  I can see the angry Philly fans now....  flash forward....  August....  bottom 8, 1 out, Qualls implodes.... 

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:00 pm

Phillies sign reliever Chad Qualls

What a steal for that price, Phillies did good with this signing

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 6:30 pm

Phillies sign reliever Chad Qualls

It was a very good pick up for the Phillies.They need to get some depth in the bullpen.Qualls is a nice pitcher.I still think there is a couple more pitching moves coming though.You can never have too much pitching.

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 6:04 pm

Phillies sign reliever Chad Qualls

I'd like to BELIEVE that this is a decent "under the radar" signing, but his last two seasons were nothing to rave about.  The good news is that last year only the road was his problem--so he "sort of" bounced back.  2010 pretty much qualifies as a nightmare.  So which Qualls did the Phils acquire?  They somehow seem to size up the right guy most of the time, so if he can be steady in the middle, considering the Phils' starting staff you hope his biggest issue becomes getting enough work, not being sent to work somewhere else.

Since: Jul 21, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:45 pm

Phillies sign reliever Chad Qualls

Good signing by the Phillies. As mentioned already, there is nothing wrong with pitching depth ESPECIALLY in the bullpen as that's something the Phillies have had problems with in recently seasons. Phillies finally got a man they've wanted for a few seasons now and at a very cheap price.

Since: Jan 31, 2012
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:04 pm

Phillies sign reliever Chad Qualls

This was a good signing by the Phils because of his experience as a closer and setup man. As they say you can never have enough pitching.

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