It is being reported on mlb.com that the Tampa Bay Rays are “on the verge” acquiring Chad Qualls from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later.
Qualls’ struggles are well publicized, with an 8.29 ERA and 2.00 WHIP on the season. He had been removed from the closer’a role in Arizona, but with how bad their bullpen is, there was always hope that he could be returned if he were to pitch well for a few appearances. Instead, he deepens the Tampa Bay bullpen and has little chance of getting saves making him worth dropping in most formats.
In Arizona, Juan Gutierrez and Aaron Heilman will both likely continue to see time closing games. Neither have been great this season, but the Diamondbacks bullpen has been in shambles all year long. Heilman has the better statistics (3.38 ERA, 1.38 WHIP), but Kirk Gibson has given both the opportunity to close games out since becoming the manager (Gutierrez has two saves in July, but with a 6.75 ERA and 1.47 WHIP on the year) . Qualls’ exit just takes one potential piece out, but there is still no clear-cut closer, and neither option is a must use either. If you are desperate for saves you can take a flier, but that’s about it as it is not like the Diamondbacks provide many opportunities for saves.
What are your thoughts on this deal?