At first glance, you might be confused as to why the Mets would be interested in Chad Qualls, as AOL Fanhouse's Jeff Fletcher reports .
That's because Qualls has been nothing short of awful this year, posting an 8.35 ERA over 32 1/3 innings and closing his closer's job to a closer-by-committee. He's given up a staggering 54 hits and 13 walks, although he does have 31 whiffs. But there's no nice way to put it: Qualls has been terrible.
Until you look at advanced statistics. His .400 BABIP is sky-high, with the league average at .300. Couple that with a strand rate impossibly low at 51.3 percent (career 73 percent strand rate, around league average) and you have a recipe for disaster. His xFIP registers at a far more reasonable 3.64.
Qualls is a free agent after the year, and the Diamondbacks are rebuilding so it makes sense for Arizona to try to get what they can for the righty. The only problem is they're probably being offered buckets of balls, while the club knows just how valuable Qualls really is.
-- Evan Brunell
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