The final trade the Pirates made this afternoon was sending Casey McGehee and cash to the Yankees for reliever Chad Qualls. McGehee was going to be the odd man out with the acquisition of Sanchez, so it makes sense that they wanted to get anything they could in return. Qualls, however, is pretty bad.
Chad Qualls has been around since 2004, and with the exception of three or four good years, has been hit hard. In 2010, he posted a 7.32 ERA between two different teams. So far in 2012, he appeared in 35 games for the Phillies in which he posted a 4.60 ERA. He was DFA’d, and got picked up by the Yankees. In eight games with New York, he has a 6.14 ERA.
This is definitely the worst trade that Neal Huntington has made this deadline, although it’s not completely horrible. Who knows, maybe Qualls figures it out and can be productive in the Pirates’ pen. McGehee was either going to be DFA’d or traded, so maybe Qualls is better than nothing. The cash that the Pirates are sending to the Yankees is said to be $250,000, and it will come out of the money owed to Pittsburgh in the Burnett deal.