The Rays have acquired reliever Chad Qualls from the Diamondbacks for a a player to be named later, as MLB.com Steve Gilbert confirms .
In the move, the Rays will be footing the entire remaining salary of Qualls, thought to be about $1.6 million. The 31-year-old has been one of the worst relief pitchers in the game so far on the season with an abominable 8.29 ERA over 38 innings. However, he has 34 strikeouts and 15 walks, which is a solid mark. His .434 BABIP is worefully unsustainable and has left just 51.4 percent of runners on base -- also unsustainable. As a result, his xFIP is a more impressive 3.84.
The Rays are taking a chance that the 8.29 ERA is an aberration and instead are choosing to focus on the fact that Qualls' peripherals speak to a far better pitcher -- one that notched 24 saves for Arizona last sesaon.
-- Evan Brunell
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