Yankees acquire Chad Qualls from Phillies

NEW YORK — The Yankees have acquired right-hander Chad Qualls from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Qualls, 33, was 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in 35 appearances for the Phillies, finishing six games. In 31 1/3 innings, he permitted 39 hits and nine walks, striking out 19.

He was designated for assignment by Philadelphia on June 28 and is expected to join the Yankees on Monday at Tropicana Field.

“He’s another guy that can get up to 95 mph, somewhat of a power guy – a sinker guy [who is] very tough on right-handers,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We mix and match a bit here, so we hope he’s really effective for us.”

Qualls has a 39-35 record with 51 saves and a 3.82 ERA over nine seasons with the Astros, D-backs, Rays, Padres and Phillies. He could be in line to take the roster spot of struggling right-hander Cory Wade, who owns a 5.79 ERA in 33 appearances and had a 13.97 ERA in 12 June appearances.

To make room for Qualls on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated infielder Matt Antonelli for assignment. The 27-year-old was batting .203 (29-for-143) with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 41 combined games for Triple-A Norfolk, an Orioles affiliate, and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.

Updated 6:28 p.m.


The thing that worries me about Qualls is that he may be a NL relief pitcher. He did pitch in the AL before with Tampa and he got ripped, still Have to wonder if he can succeed in the AL.


Hey Robert G. welcome back. Where have you been hiding?




Frankily I like this pickup. A veteran reliever with experience is usually good. Got to say that Hughes again pitched a great game today. Perhaps you were right all along RobertG. He is pitching better than he did in his 19 win season.


MON – JUL – 2 – at Tampa Bay – 7:10 PM – YES, ESPN
TUE – JUL – 3 – at Tampa Bay – 7:10 PM – YES, MLBN
WED – JUL – 4 – at Tampa Bay – 3:10 PM – YES, MLBN
THU – JUL – 5 – – –
FRI – JUL – 6 – at Boston – 7:10 PM – YES, MLBN
SAT – JUL – 7 – at Boston* – 12:35 PM – YES, MLBN
SAT – JUL – 7 – at Boston* – 7:15 PM – FOX
SUN – JUL – 8 – at Boston – 8:05 PM – ESPN
* Note Saturday is a split double-header


In Qualls last appearance he allowed three runs. In the previous nine appearances he allowed zero!


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