It was reported last week that the Padres and right-hander Chad Qualls were close to agreement on a one-year contract. That deal is now official and Corey Brock of MLB.com has the financial terms.
Qualls will make $1.5 million this season and another $1.05 million if his club option for 2012 is not exercised.
The 32-year-old posted a disappointing 7.32 ERA and 1.80 WHIP across 59 inning last season for the Diamondbacks and Rays, but he was the victim of bad luck all season and he still throws a fastball that averaged 92.1 MPH in 2010.
Our guess is that he will bounce back in San Diego, where the ballpark is very pitcher-friendly and where he is going to be asked to serve mostly as a middle reliever. Qualls is probably fourth in line for saves behind Heath Bell, Mike Adams and Luke Gregerson.
Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.
Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.
One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.