Thursday, February 2, 2012

2012 Chachi Transactions #11 Chad Qualls

The Phillies signed reliever Chad Qualls to a one-year deal on Tuesday, as they continue to tinker with the make-up of their 2012 bullpen.  The team's official press release cites concerns about Jose Contreras' health as one of the main reasons the Phillies inked the righty Qualls to a contract.  In 77 games with the San Diego Padres in 2011, Qualls was 6-8 with a 3.51 ERA.  There's concern that his numbers were positively skewed due to his pitcher-friendly home ballpark, Petco Park.

In a completely irrelevant aside, Qualls is hoping to become the sixth man in history with a surname starting with the letter Q to play for the Phillies.  He'd join Tom Qualters, Paul Quantrill, Tom Quinlan, John Quinn and, one of my all-time favorites, Rafael Quirico.

Also, let the official uniform number records show that non-roster invitee Joel Pineiro was assigned the number 50 for less than two weeks before Qualls pulled rank and nabbed it from him.

Moving On
Dane Sardinha (10-11) 10/10/11 - Filed for free agency
Brandon Moss (11) 10/17/11 - Outrighted to Lehigh Valley and filed for free agency (Signed a minor league contract with the Oakland A's)
Brad Lidge (08-11) 10/24/11 - Team option declined (Signed with the Washington Nationals)
Roy Oswalt (10-11) 10/24/11 - Team option declined
Ross Gload (10-11) 10/30/11 - Filed for free agency
Raul Ibanez (09-11) 10/30/11 - Filed for free agency
Ryan Madson (03-11) 10/30/11 - Filed for free agency (Signed with the Cincinnati Reds)
Juan Perez (11) 11/2/11 - Became a minor league free agent (Signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers)
Scott Mathieson (06, 10-11) 11/29/11 - Released (Signed with the Yomiuri Giants)
Ben Francisco (09-11) 12/12/11 - Traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for pitcher Frank Gailey
John Bowker (11) 1/10/12 - Released
Wilson Valdez (10-11) 1/25/12 - Traded to the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Jeremy Horst.

Coming Back
Pete Orr (11) 11/3/11 - Re-signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent with an invitation to Spring Training
Brian Schneider (10- ) 11/17/11 - Re-signed by the Phillies to a one-year contract
Jimmy Rollins (00- ) 12/19/11 - Re-signed by the Phillies to a three-year contract with a vesting fourth year

New Additions
Jim Thome (03-05) 11/5/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Cleveland Indians
Jonathan Papelbon 11/14/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Boston Red Sox
Ty Wigginton 11/20/11 - Acquired with cash from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash
Laynce Nix 12/8/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Washington Nationals
Dontrelle Willis 12/15/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Cincinnati Reds
Chad Qualls 1/31/12 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the San Diego Padres

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