Phils Add Right Handed Bullpen Help With Chad Qualls

Phils bolster bullpen with veteran righty Qualls

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies wanted more bullpen depth, so Tuesday they signed right-hander Chad Qualls to a one-year, $1.15 million contract.

Qualls, 33, is expected to join a ‘pen that could include Jonathan Papelbon, Jose Contreras, Antonio Bastardo, Mike Stutes, Kyle Kendrick and Dontrelle Willis, with several others in the mix in Spring Training.

Chad Qualls

Qualls provides the Phils another veteran right-handed arm, which might prove necessary because of the uncertainty surrounding Contreras’ health. Contreras had right elbow surgery last year, and while the Phillies believe he could be ready close to Opening Day, nobody is certain.

“Chad was one of those guys that was available to us at a reasonable price for what he can do,” Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday. “He has the ability to pitch in the seventh and the eighth. We’ll see where he fits. [Manager] Charlie [Manuel] and [pitching coach Rich] Dubee and Chad will decide that, but he’s certainly a guy with a power-sinker and power-slider combination.

“He was throwing very well at the end of the year. He’s had some battles with consistency, but he clearly has ability and some durability. And those are pretty important elements.”

Qualls, 33, went 6-8 with a 3.51 ERA in 77 appearances last season with the Padres. He had a 1.96 ERA in his final 19 appearances, but he went 4-5 with a 5.05 ERA in 38 appearances on the road, compared to 2-3 with a 2.09 ERA in 39 appearances in pitcher-friendly Petco Park.

“We looked at it. We saw it,” Amaro said. “We took a look at some of that data and information, but at the end of the day, when we discussed it with our scouts, we just felt like this type of a risk on a guy was not all that big of a risk. We kind of know what we’re going to get out of him.”

Right-handers hit just .218 with a .537 OPS against Qualls last season, while left-handers had much better success, hitting .320 with an .881 OPS.

Qualls has more appearances (512) over the previous seven seasons than any other pitcher. He is 38-34 with a 3.78 ERA and 51 saves in 537 career appearances with Houston, Arizona, Tampa Bay and San Diego.

His deal includes performance and award bonuses. He will wear No. 50.

“If he’s throwing strikes regularly, he’ll do some damage for us,” Amaro said.

Amaro said he does not expect any similar moves before the beginning of Spring Training on Feb. 19.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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I Hate To See Wilson Go- But That’s Phillywood

Phillies deal Valdez to Reds for lefty Horst

By Paul Hagen / MLB.com

The Phillies have addressed their need for left-handed depth in the bullpen by acquiring 26-year-old Jeremy Horst from the Cincinnati Reds for utility infielder Wilson Valdez.

Antonio Bastardo was the only dependable lefty reliever the Phils had in 2011. Philadelphia has since added veteran Dontrelle Willis as a free agent. Horst, who will be a Minor League invitee to Spring Training, and Joe Savery are also expected to compete for spots.

Dontrelle Willis

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Horst made his Major League debut for the Reds last season and appeared in 12 games for Cincinnati with a 2.93 ERA. In 36 games at Triple-A Louisville, Horst had a 2.81 ERA and allowed 41 hits in 51 1/3 innings with 42 strikeouts and 14 walks. He held opponents to a .219 batting average.

Horst made six appearances of three innings or more for Louisville with an 0.83 ERA in those games.

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Joe Savery

Valdez had been a valuable and versatile backup for the Phillies over the past two seasons. As injuries forced Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Placido Polanco from the lineup at various times over the past two years, Valdez started a total of 70 games at shortstop, 68 at second base and 28 at third.

His most memorable Phils moment, however, may have occurred in the early morning hours of May 26, 2011, when he came in to pitch the top of the 19th inning against the Reds at Citizens Bank Park. Valdez retired the side without giving up a run and earned the win when Philadelphia scored in the bottom of the inning.

Valdez, 33, recently signed a one-year, $930,000 contract to avoid arbitration. In the past two years, Valdez batted .254 with a .300 on-base percentage in 210 games. He previously played for the White Sox, Mariners, Padres, Dodgers and Mets.

The most likely candidate to fill his role with the Phillies in the upcoming season is Michael Martinez, the former Rule 5 Draft choice, who not only played third, second and short last season, but also left and center field.

The Phils now have 38 players on their 40-man roster.

Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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#

Pitchers

B/T

Ht

Wt

DOB

Phillippe Aumont L-R 6’7″ 255 Jan 7, 1989
58 Antonio Bastardo R-L 5’11” 195 Sep 21, 1985
56 Joe Blanton R-R 6’3″ 245 Dec 11, 1980
52 Jose Contreras R-R 6’4″ 255 Dec 6, 1971
37 Justin De Fratus S-R 6’4″ 220 Oct 21, 1987
Jake Diekman L-L 6’4″ 190 Jan 21, 1987
34 Roy Halladay R-R 6’6″ 230 May 14, 1977
35 Cole Hamels L-L 6’3″ 195 Dec 27, 1983
57 David Herndon R-R 6’5″ 230 Sep 4, 1985
38 Kyle Kendrick R-R 6’3″ 210 Aug 26, 1984
33 Cliff Lee L-L 6’3″ 190 Aug 30, 1978
58 Jonathan Papelbon R-R 6’4″ 225 Nov 23, 1980
66 J.C. Ramirez R-R 6’3″ 225 Aug 16, 1988
55 Joe Savery L-L 6’3″ 215 Nov 4, 1985
39 Michael Schwimer R-R 6’8″ 240 Feb 19, 1986
40 Michael Stutes R-R 6’1″ 185 Sep 4, 1986
Dontrelle Willis L-L 6’4″ 225 Jan 12, 1982
49 Vance Worley R-R 6’2″ 230 Sep 25, 1987
# Catchers B/T Ht Wt DOB
31 Erik Kratz R-R 6’4″ 255 Jun 15, 1980
51 Carlos Ruiz R-R 5’10” 205 Jan 22, 1979
23 Brian Schneider L-R 6’1″ 210 Nov 26, 1976
Sebastian Valle R-R 6’1″ 170 Jul 24, 1990
# Infielders B/T Ht Wt DOB
71 Freddy Galvis S-R 5’10” 170 Nov 14, 1989
75 Harold Garcia S-R 5’11” 190 Oct 25, 1986
74 Cesar Hernandez S-R 5’10” 160 May 23, 1990
6 Ryan Howard L-L 6’4″ 240 Nov 19, 1979
19 Michael Martinez S-R 5’9″ 145 Sep 16, 1982
27 Placido Polanco R-R 5’10” 190 Oct 10, 1975
11 Jimmy Rollins S-R 5’8″ 170 Nov 27, 1978
Jim Thome L-R 6’3″ 250 Aug 27, 1970
26 Chase Utley L-R 6’1″ 200 Dec 17, 1978
21 Wilson Valdez R-R 5’11” 170 May 20, 1978
Ty Wigginton R-R 6’0″ 230 Oct 11, 1977
# Outfielders B/T Ht Wt DOB
16 John Bowker L-L 6’1″ 205 Jul 8, 1983
9 Domonic Brown L-L 6’5″ 205 Sep 3, 1987
Tyson Gillies L-R 6’2″ 195 Oct 31, 1988
15 John Mayberry R-R 6’6″ 230 Dec 21, 1983
Laynce Nix L-L 6’1″ 220 Oct 30, 1980
3 Hunter Pence R-R 6’4″ 220 Apr 13, 1983
8 Shane Victorino S-R 5’9″ 190 Nov 30, 1980

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