Yankees acquire Qualls from Phills

07/01/2012 5:07 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

The New York Yankees bolstered their bullpen depth on Sunday, acquiring reliever Chad Qualls from the Philadelphia Phillies for either cash or a player to be named later.

The 33-year-old Qualls was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Thursday after going 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 35 games (31 1/3 innings pitched) for Philadelphia this season.

Qualls is in the midst of his ninth season in the Majors, and has made all 572 of his appearances in relief. For his career, the right-hander is 39-35 with a 3.82 ERA, 51 saves and 445 strikeouts in 574 1/3 innings pitched for Houston, Arizona, Tampa Bay, San Diego and Philadelphia.

Mostly a set-up man over the last couple years, Qualls does have extensive experience as a closer as well, and recorded 45 of those 51 career saves while serving as the Diamondbacks’ closer in parts of 2008, 2009 and 2010.

According to the Yankees' official release, a corresponding move to make room on the 40-man roster will be announced at a later time.

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