The New York Yankees bolstered their bullpen depth on Sunday, acquiring reliever Chad Qualls from the Philadelphia Phillies for either cash or a player to be named later.
The 33-year-old Qualls was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Thursday after going 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 35 games (31 1/3 innings pitched) for Philadelphia this season.
Qualls is in the midst of his ninth season in the Majors, and has made all 572 of his appearances in relief. For his career, the right-hander is 39-35 with a 3.82 ERA, 51 saves and 445 strikeouts in 574 1/3 innings pitched for Houston, Arizona, Tampa Bay, San Diego and Philadelphia.
Mostly a set-up man over the last couple years, Qualls does have extensive experience as a closer as well, and recorded 45 of those 51 career saves while serving as the Diamondbacks’ closer in parts of 2008, 2009 and 2010.
The Yankees have designated Matt Antonelli for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster for the recently acquired Chad Qualls. The 27-year-old infielder had been claimed off waivers from the Orioles back in May and hit .200/.286/.320 in a dozen games for Triple-A Empire State. Antonelli has been on the DL for more than a month, so you won’t even notice he’s gone.
Hope that Qualls can handle pitching for the Yanks and all the expectations. We don´t know if WADE is one of Girardi´s stable boys, so we shall see what happens. I guess Qualls is thinking how on earth I went from the Outhouse to the Penthouse?