Pirates Deal Casey McGehee for Chad Qualls

UPDATE 4:27 PM: Sherman updates that it’s $250,000.

UPDATE 4:25 PM: Sherman reports that the Pirates are sending $225,000 to the Yankees as part of the deal. That will probably come out of the $11.5 M the Yankees are sending the Pirates for A.J. Burnett.

UPDATE 4:11 PM: Qualls is under team control through the end of the year. He’s making $1.15 M this year, and not having a good year. In 38.2 innings he has a 4.89 ERA between the Yankees and Phillies. He also has a 4.9 K/9 and a 2.8 BB/9 ratio. McGehee hasn’t exactly been tearing it up, and he’s expendable with the addition of Gaby Sanchez, so dealing him isn’t a big loss. But it’s hard to see the appeal with Qualls, unless the Pirates are hoping his third stop this year will allow him to rediscover his numbers in 2011 and pre-2010.

UPDATE 4:09 PM: Sherman confirms the deal.

4:07 PM: Joel Sherman reports that the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates are close to a deal that would send Casey McGehee to the Yankees for Chad Qualls. More information to come.

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  • PiratesFan

    There was no room for McGehee. Qualls has been bad, but I’m glad we got something for Casey.

    • F Lang

      There have been times I have liked McGehee but when he swung at pitch #1 with bases loaded last night and hit into the double play I was ready to blow a fuse! Qualls has been bad for a few years now…strangely his velocity is at a career high this year. Maybe we can retread him like we did with Grilli. Garrett Jones is playing so well. Guess he will be playing at 1B a lot more.

      • F Lang

        Wow. Just realized we got Sanchez. This could be a huge steal and makes the McGehee deal make more sense. Sanchez is a good hitter…he is just having a disastrous year. He will bounce back. I had mentioned a few weeks back that I would love to see us get Sanchez. Using the comp balance pick for a proven player is a real good move. I love hernandez’ defense but we have good defensive OF’s and Gorkys is not ever going to be more than a mediocre hitter.

  • tconst

    I wish we could have flipped Correia for a reliever, but the Gaby deal made Casey expendable so I’m glad that we were able to get some veteran bullpen help for Casey in the end. Let’s hope today’s deals do not disrupt team chemistry too much heading into the stretch run this year.

  • tconst

    On another note, with Dempster being traded to the Rangers, the Pirates should have an easier time against the Cubs tonight.

  • John DiVito

    So, Qualls huh?

  • piratemike

    Yankees fill a BIG need as Teixeira AND ARod are injured and need a quality fill in …what do the Bucs get back?… Nothing….. I wish they would have just DFAed him rather then help the Yanks and get insulted in the bargin.

  • TonyPenaforHOF

    Not big on this deal. Casey can hit left handers and plays good defense at first and third. Would have left Sanchez in AAA for ’12 and traded Casey over winter.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sean.matthews.165 Sean Matthews

      Casey couldn’t hit crap. Except when he was with the Brew Crew playing the pirates

  • st1300b

    Absolutely hate this deal. I’d have rather had McGehee on the bench and send down Mercer. I think you went one player too far here Neal.

    • buccotime57

      Too many first basemen…esp if you count hague and clement…somebody had to go..i would have taken cayones back lol

  • http://twitter.com/buccoboy22 Sam Talarigo

    dont like it but shouldnt mean too much

  • Greatone1210

    Indifferent. McGehee was expendable and Qualls is not great, but stranger things have happened. I still think we have a good season moving forward. I really like the Snider pickup and am happy with Sanchez.

    • nickmid13

      I agree. I can’t speak for his presence in the clubhouse, but his hitting has been terrible. It seemed like he forgot he’s allowed to hit to right field. Sanchez won’t be any worse. Qualls is having a pretty bad year but here’s to hoping he turns it around…

  • Ben Hohlfelder

    chances correia clears waivers?

  • IC Bob

    Salary dump but a good salary dump. If Qualls continues to stink we drop him and move. All in all a good day to be a Pirate fan.

    • John DiVito

      How is this a salary dump? We paid the Yankees $250,000 to make up for the discrepancies in their salaries in order to come out even.

      • IC Bob

        I may be wrong but $1250GS doesn’t come close to making up the difference in salaries.

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      Actually the money is even. Pirates sent cash to the Yankees.

  • ParlorBoss

    Don’t hate it. Just don’t let Qualls face lefties, who have killed him
    since 2009. Not great against righties this year, but not horrible:

    TBF H 2B3BHRBB K SBCSGIDP BAA OBPA SLGA OBSA

    vs. Right

    102
    27
    7
    0
    2
    5
    16
    6
    0
    2
    .281
    .314
    .392
    .691

    And as recently as last year, he was great against righties:

    TBF H 2B3BHRBB K SBCSGIDP BAA OBPA SLGA OBSA

    vs. Right

    171
    34
    1
    0
    3
    8
    28
    7
    1
    1
    .218
    .255
    .257
    .491

  • ParlorBoss

    Don’t hate it. Just don’t let Qualls face lefties, who have killed him
    since 2009. Not great against righties this year, but not horrible:

    TBF H 2B 3B HR BB K SB CS GIDP BAA OBPA SLGA OBSA
    102 27 7 0 2 5 16 6 0 2 .281 .314 .392 .691

    And as recently as last year, he was great against righties:

    TBF H 2B 3B HR BB K SB CS GIDP BAA OBPA SLGA OBSA
    171 34 1 0 3 8 28 7 1 1 .218 .255 .257 .491

    • ParlorBoss

      Can’t get my columns to line up correctly, but you get the idea. Just gotta use him correctly.

  • Dave Parker’s Unfiltered Camel

    This was the second part of the AJ Burnett trade. Neal fleeced them so bad in part one, he had to even in out a bit with this move. : D

  • ponhaas

    wow, wandy walks 6 in his first start, we get a 1st round bust for lincoln, a 202 hitter for a 30’s pick in next year draft and a disaster for casey. Are we a better team ? nope.