Monday, July 20, 2009

Phillies Interested in Relief Pitcher Qualls

        Ed Price of MLB FanHouse just reported that the Phillies scouted Arizona Diamondbacks closer Chad Qualls.  This proves that the Phillies feel they have other needs besides a starting pitcher.  Qualls is 30-year old his contract takes him to the end of the 2010 season.

        The Phillies would have to fork over a prospect or two to get the right handed pitcher.  Qualls has 17 saves in 21 opportunities with a 3.76 ERA.  Qualls is a quality pitcher who could help the Phils bullpen.

       Qualls is also a guy that could save games is Brad Lidge is unavailable or injured.  He could also join Ryan Madson and J. C. Romero in a set-up role.

        The Phils shouldn't waste prospects on a reliever when they already have a strong bullpen.  The Phils need a starter much more than they need bullpen help.

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