Philadelphia Phillies, Chad Qualls Reportedly Reach Agreement

PHILADELPHIA - Relief pitcher Chad Qualls #50 of the San Diego Padres throws a pitch during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

The Phillies picked up some bullpen depth, signing Chad Qualls to a one-year deal.

The Philadelphia Phillies pounced on the reliever market early, securing Jonathan Papelbon for many millions. The Phillies committed more money to him than the next two most-expensive relievers combined, but not to worry -- they still found some money to go bargain-hunting. Todd Zolecki tweets, "Phillies sign RHP Chad Qualls to $1.15 million deal."

Three seasons ago, Qualls was a closer. Two seasons ago, Qualls was a jug of kerosene next to an open flame, and he was one of the culprits in the infamous 2010 Diamondbacks' bullpen. Last season, then, was a mini-renaissance for Qualls, who posted a 3.51 ERA in 77 appearances.

But that was with the Padres.

Home 2.09 39 38.2 30 9 1 7 25
Away 5.05 38 35.2 43 20 6 13 18
Provided by View Original Table Generated 1/31/2012.

Yikes. Last month, our own Marc Normandin wrote about him:

Qualls is a groundball machine with control of his stuff. What's not to love, then? Qualls didn't miss bats last year like he used to -- just 5.2 strikeouts per nine, thanks to his slider being just average at inducing swings-and-misses -- and considering how many ground outs you'll see him get, he has an odd tendency to give up homers.

Translation: Boy, Citizen's Bank Park is sure an interesting match for him. But Qualls will likely be the third or fourth right-hander out of the pen, and he's still got that lively sinker, so it's a pretty good risk/reward balance for a minimal price.

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