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Free Agency, Trades, and Signings
Written by Joe Tetreault   
Saturday, 31 July 2010 11:02

With four hours to go before the the non-waiver trading period ends, teams are still discussing deals for the stretch run.  Since our last report four deals have been finalized so here's a quick look at the doings that went on last night and this morning.

Rays Add Chad Qualls

MLBlogger Steve Gilbert reports Tampa Bay took on the entirety of the $1.48 million still owed to Chad Qualls, agreeing to ship a player to be named later to the Diamondbacks for the reliever with the terrible results, but solid peripherals.  Qualls lost the closer job in Arizona after a horrible start to the season.  Part of that was luck influenced as Qualls saw his hit rate skyrocket to 14.4 H/9 IP.  That's borne on the back of a .434 BABIP.  The flurry of hits does not explain the increase in his walk rate, unless he began nibbling to compensate for the number of balls that were dropping for hits.  Possible, but difficult to say definitively.  Qualls seems a likely candidate to bounce back and if he does gives the Rays another quality arm in their bullpen.

Little word has circulated on the Player to be named later.  It is entirely possible that the player will be named after season ends.  If the player is a draft pick signed within the last 11 months, he would not be eligible to be traded until after the beginning of the waiver period this afternoon. Rather than attempt passing the player through waivers, the Rays would simply hold onto the player and deal him when regualr transactions resume.  The player may also be conditional on Qualls' performance.  More details as they become available.

Arizona Ships Chris Snyder to Pirates

The dismantling of the Diamondbacks continues apace. Chris Snyder was sent to Pittsburgh and in exchange the Diamondbacks pick up a pair of spare parts with little discernible value.  According to Jack Magruder of Fox Sports Arizona, Bobby Crosby and Ryan Church are the return on Snyder, who lost the starting catching job last season to Miguel Montero and could not reclaim it when Montero was injured this season.  For his career, Snyder has posted a .233/.335/.402 batting line. On the season he's shown better platye discipline and power than his career averages.  Pittsburgh may choose to hold onto Snyder or flip him.  According to Magruder, the Diamondbacks will send some cash to cover a portion of the $5.75 million owed to Snyder for 2011.

Crosby signed with the Pirates this offseason and produced a putrid batting line of .224/.301/.295 in 175 plate appearances. His excellent first season and a half in Oakland ran aground on the shoals of injury.

Church suffered famously with concussion-related symptoms in New York before being dealt to the Braves for Jeff Francoeur last July. The Braves non-tendered him rather than go to arbitration. He's eligible for arbitration at the end of this season as well, but thanks to his horrid .182/.240/.312 batting line is likely to be non-tendered by the Diamondbacks as well.

Yanks Grab Austin Kearns

After picking up Lance Berkman, the Yankees agreed to send Cleveland a player to be named later or cash for outfielder Austin KearnsFox Sports Ken Rosenthal reported the deal.  Kearns enjoyed a mild revival of his career after signing with the Indians this offseason for $750,000. In 342 plate appearances he put up a .272/.354/.419 batting line while playing all three outfield positions.  He gives the Yankees more depth as they push for back to back titles.

Mets Deal Mike Jacobs to Jays

Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger has the details.  Mike Jacobs has been in AAA since April.  His batting line in Buffalo is a solid if unremarkable .260/.313/.478 illustrating his reputation for prodigious power and inability to get on base remains intact.  The Mets will get a player to be named later.

Joe TetreaultJoe Tetreault is Managing Editor of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He can be contacted here through The Biz of Baseball

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