Phillies sign RHP Chad Qualls

San Diego Padres pitcher Chad Qualls throws during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

January 31, 2012 7:26:07 PM PST
Right-hander Chad Qualls has signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The deal, announced on Tuesday, includes performance and awards bonuses. The 33-year-old Qualls went 6-8 with a 3.51 ERA in 77 games for San Diego last season.

Since 2005, Qualls has made more appearances (512) than any other pitcher and ranks second in relief wins (34), trailing only Jesse Crain (38).

Qualls has a career record of 38-34 with 51 saves and a 3.78 ERA in 537 games for Houston, Arizona, Tampa Bay Rays and the Padres. He joins a revamped bullpen led by new closer Jonathan Papelbon.

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