The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the buzzer, shipping first baseman Casey McGehee to the New York Yankees in exchange for 33 year old reliever Chad Qualls who has struggled this season with a 4.89 ERA and was designated for assignment by Philadelphia on June 28th and then traded to the Yankees on July 1.
In 8 appearances (7.1 IP) with the Yankees, Qualls posted a 6.14 ERA, while posting a 4.60 ERA in 35 games with the Phillies in 2012. Qualls has a career 3.85 ERA and the Pirates will be his 7th team.
Last year with San Diego, Qualls finished eighth among National League relievers in appearances (77) while leading all Padres relievers in both innings pitched (74.1) and wins (six). He was scored upon in just 16 of his 77 appearances while also limiting right-handed batters to a .218 average. Since breaking into the big leagues in 2004 with Houston, Qualls ranks third among all Major League relievers in appearances (580) behind only Francisco Cordero (608) and Francisco Rodriguez (590).
McGehee who has been struggling of late, hitting .230 with 8 home runs and 35 RBIs. He feels a short-term need for the Yankees at third base with Alex Rodriguez sidelined. McGehee is batting .159 since the All-Star break.