Arizona Diamondbacks Send Chris Snyder To Pirates, Chad Qualls to Rays
It looks like the Arizona Diamondbacks aren't quite done with their apparent fire sale just yet.
John Gambadoro of Sports 620 KTAR is reporting that Arizona has agreed to send beleaguered relief pitcher Chad Qualls to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later.
Qualls, a 31-year-old righty in his third year with the Diamondbacks, has a 8.29 ERA with a 2.00 WHIP.
The Rays will pay the remainder of Qualls' $4.2 million salary this season.
In a separate deal, according to multiple sources, including FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal and azcentral.com's Nick Piecoro, commissioner approval is all that remains between the deal that would send Diamondbacks' backup catcher Chris Snyder and minor league shortstop Pedro Ciriacio to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Arizona will receive shortstop Bobby Crosby (the 2004 AL rookie of the year), right fielder Ryan Church, and relief pitcher D.J. Carrasco in return.
Although the Diamondbacks are expected to keep the Arizona native and arbitration eligible Carrasco past this season, both Crosby and Church will be free agents and are not expected to sign extensions.
Carrasco has a 3.88 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 45 appearances in 2010.
Arizona will also send $3 million in cash to complete the deal.
It was originally reported that the major obstacle in any deal for Snyder, are the remaining years on his current contract.
Snyder is due $5.75 million next year with a club option worth $6.75 million for 2012 that comes with a $750,000 buyout clause.
The 29-year-old is hitting .231 with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs in 65 games this season.
With incumbent Pirates starting catcher Ryan Doumit on the disabled list, Snyder could earn another opportunity to see everyday work again.
Snyder lost his starting role with Arizona in 2008 when Miguel Montero filled in for him during a stint on the DL with a back injury.
These moves mark the third and fourth trades, respectively, in six days for the last place team.
Second baseman Kelly Johnson, relief pitcher Aaron Heilman and first baseman Adam LaRoche are still rumored to be on the market.
The MLB trade deadline is July 31 at 4PM EDT.
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