Chad Qualls DFA

In what will go down as the worst day in franchise history, the Philadelphia Phillies have designated Chad Qualls for assignment.  The club has ten days to either trade him, release him or place him on waivers.  If Qualls is placed on waivers and passes through, he’ll be sent to AAA Lehigh Valley. A vital part of the Phillies  great bullpen,  Chad posted a 5.68 ERA in his last 29 appearances after pitching scoreless frames in his first six outings.  According to multiple beat writers, Qualls asked to be traded because he’s “a Major League Pitcher” and wouldn’t know what to do in the minors.  There’s a strong possibility that the Phillies will trade him for the likes of a Josh Hamilton.   Jeremy Horst, acquired in the Wilson Valdez trade,  took his place on the 40-man roster and will be in uniform today.   The organization also made another move in sending down Joe Savery, another cog in the great Phillies bullpen, and brought up Brian Sanches, who’s likely going to go down as one of the greatest Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs/Scranton Wilkes Barre Phillies of all time.

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Phillies sign Chad Qualls, Sports with Balls writers not happy.

 Chad Qualls is not a bad pitcher nor a great one. He went 6-8  in 77 games last year with a 3.51 ERA. A one year deal for 1.15 million dollars is a nice deal for the Phillies as Qualls has the most appearances by any active relievers since 2005.  However Qualls was dreadful in 2010 with an ERA north of 7 and was apart of one of the worst bullpens in baseball history (2010 Diamonbacks). In 2011, Phillies fans remember him as the guy that gave up three home runs in one inning.   He also had 5.05 ERA away from Petco. I and Mike O have never been big fans of Qualls, but to be honest, he’s probably than Lidge at this point in their careers.  Qualls and Stutes will likely battle for the 7th inning slot in the bullpen.

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