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Yankees acquire RHP Chad Qualls

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The New York Yankees today announced they have acquired right-handed pitcher Chad Qualls from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Qualls, 33, was 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA (31.1IP, 16ER) in a team-high 35 relief appearances with the Phillies in 2012 before being designated for assignment on June 28.  The California native was signed by the Phillies as a free agent prior to spring training and was originally selected by the Houston Astros in the second round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft.  He has spent parts of nine seasons in the Major Leagues with Houston (2004-07), Arizona (2008-10), Tampa Bay (2010), San Diego (2011) and Philadelphia (2012).  In 572 career relief appearances, Qualls owns a 39-35 record with 51 saves and a 3.82 ERA (574.1IP, 244ER).

A corresponding move to make room on the 40-man roster will be announced at a later time.

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