Another Tampa Bay Rays pitcher signs a new deal with another team

By ericschmidt

The San Diego Padres are reportedly very close to signing former Tampa Bay Rays bullpen pitcher Chad Qualls. The 6’5″ right handed pitcher was offered arbitration by the Tampa Bay Rays but decided against the move, wanting to test the free agent market.

Qualls was acquired by the Rays from the Arizona Diamondbacks last year at the trade deadline and he 31 year old pitcher recorded a 5.57 ERA with the Rays in 21 innings pitched. The Tampa Bay Rays will receive a supplementary first round pick for losing Qualls since he was offered arbitration.

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