The New York Yankees always make at least a little splash before the trade deadline every season, and it looks like Cashman and Co. have started to make moves once again in 2012.
This move for Qualls is nothing more than a way to add a proven, seasoned veteran to the bullpen. Not a bad move no matter how you slice it, really.
Simply put, it's a pretty solid addition to the shakiest part of this current Yankees squad, and with the recent pitching woes, they could definitely use all of the help they can get, especially when key guys like David Robertson and Cory Wade begin to under-perform.
Unfortunately, Qualls isn't putting up any impressive numbers this season either, with a 1-1 record and a 4.60 ERA in 35 games for the Phillies. If anything, it looks like the Yanks are just going to take Qualls, throw him into the rotation, and hope that a change of scenery will benefit the 33-year-old righty.
Here are just a few things you should know about the Yankees' newest addition.
He stands at 6'5', and weighs 220 lbs (Yahoo! Sports).
He was drafted in the second round by the Houston Astros in 2004 (ESPN).
Has played for five teams before joining the Yankees, including one year with the divisional rival Tampa Bay Rays in 2010 (ESPN).
His career totals include a record of 39-35 in 572 games, with a 3.82 ERA and 51 saves over that span.
In his nine-year career, he has blown 42 saves, giving him an average of 4.7 per year. He has already blown five this year for Philly (ESPN).
He has only pitched a total of 16.1 innings against the Yanks' AL East rivals in his career. In that time, he has posted a 1-1 record, two saves and a 5.29 ERA.
He has pitched considerably better in his career during the second half of the season, posting a 3.37 ERA in 251 IP after the All-Star break.
He his also considerably better in home games, with a 24-17 record and a 3.37 ERA over 304.1 innings.
He plays his best baseball in September and October, with an impressive 11-4 record and a 2.78 ERA. He also made three appearances in the World Series when he was with the Astros, giving up one run in 5.1 innings.
He has a career 10.80 ERA in 1.2 innings at Yankee Stadium.
Unless otherwise noted, all stats courtesy of baseballreference.com.
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