Rays on verge of acquiring Qualls from D-backs

NEW YORK — The D-backs are on the verge of completing a deal that would send reliever Chad Qualls to the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later, according to a baseball source.

The D-backs will not have to include any cash in the deal with the Rays picking up the roughly $1.6 million Qualls is owed for the rest of the season.

Arizona has actively shopped Qualls, who began the year as the team’s closer, but has struggled to find any consistency and is 1-4 with an 8.51 ERA in 42 games. The right-hander, who makes $4.185 million this year will be eligible for free agency at the end of the season.

The D-backs acquired Qualls along with Juan Gutierrez and Chris Burke from the Astros in December of 2007 in a deal that sent Jose Valverde to Houston.

— Steve Gilbert


Oh yea!!!!!!! what a trade!!!!! NOT!!!!!!!! This is just like hiring shelton as the rays hitting coach. We are not going to no playoffs with a another pitcher. If they trade for him with somebody good, rays are out of the playoffs

A player to be name later is not usually someone that is either on the MLB club and/or a top prospect. Arizona is looking to dump payroll and rebuild the farm system (it appears). I agree that I am perplexed by the move, but there is little risk in it (aside from the money due Qualls) and there is no reason to believe that this is the last move that will be made by the Rays before the 4PM deadline today.

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