Tag:Chad Qualls
Posted on: July 22, 2010 12:52 am
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Mets interested in Qualls

Chad Qualls 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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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 19, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:55 am
 

Relievers on the block 'terrible'


Is your team one of the many out there looking for bullpen help? Good luck.

Here's what ESPN's Buster Olney hears:


Right now the cream of the crop seems to be a trio of Blue Jays: Kevin Gregg, Jason Frasor and Scott Downs. Also, available could be the likes of Pittsburgh's Octavio Dotel, Houston's Brandon Lyon, Seattle's David Aardsma, Kansas City's Kyle Farnsworth, Florida's Leo Nunez, Washington's Matt Capps and Arizona's Chad Qualls and Aaron Heilman. The trade market even had a hiccup when Kerry Wood went on the DL -- that tells you about everything you need to know.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: June 16, 2010 4:40 pm
 

Wheeling and dealing only just started in Arizona


Even when the Diamondbacks return from their roadtrip on Monday, players may not want to lose track of their bags -- Conor Jackson may have been the trendsetter in an exodus from the desert.

Arizona general manager Josh Byrnes told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that more moves are likely on the way.

"We aren't where we need to be in the standings and as far as sort of the things we'd like to do to adjust the roster, there's also payroll considerations as we try to sort of get ready for next year," Byrnes said.

One of the team's most valuable trade pieces is starter Dan Haren. Haren tells Piecoro he likes the team's talent, but not the way they've played. Arizona is already 12 games behind the Padres in the National League West and 13 games below .500, so this team is contending anytime soon. Haren has two years left on his four-year, $44.75 million contract. His salary bumps up from $8.25 million this season to $12.75 million in both of the next two seasons, with a club option for 2013.

The Diamondbacks have plenty of young talent, and Haren said he'd like to stick around.

"That said, at this point in my career, I probably wouldn't want to be part of something like that," Haren told the newspaper. "Then again, I haven't really won anything since 2006 and I also want to win."

First baseman Adam LaRoche could be traded, but his 2011 mutual option ($1.5 million buyout) increases from $7.5 million to $9.5 million if traded, so he'd likely be a one-year rental.

Other trade options include closer Chad Qualls and second baseman Kelly Johnson.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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