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2 posts from January 25, 2013

January 25, 2013

Reliever Chad Qualls agrees to terms with Marlins

       Veteran reliever Chad Qualls has agreed to terms with the Marlins on a minor league deal with invitation to spring training, two sources have confirmed. The 34-year-old right-hander has made 597 relief appearances over the course of his 9-year career, going 40-35 with a 3.92 ERA.

        Qualls is a workhorse, making at least 70 relief appearances in six of his nine MLB seasons. Last year, Qualls appeared in 60 games with the Phillies, Yankees and Pirates in which he had a cumulative ERA of 5.33.

        Qualls has also pitched for the Astros, Diamondbacks, Rays and Padres.

Ex-Dolphins QB Pat White favors football over Marlins

        While the Marlins have made Pat White an offer to try his hand at minor league baseball, the former Dolphins quarterback and one of his associates are sending out strong signals that baseball is only a backup option if he can't work his way back into football.

         "I have unfinished business left on the football field," White told 640 AM host Orlando Alzugaray.

         Said White's financial advisor, Richard Griffin II: "His first priority is football."

         White, who turns 27 next month, was a fourth-round draft pick by the Angels in 2004 and picked up by the Kansas City Royals organization after the Dolphins released him in 2010. But the left-handed hitting outfielder never made it out of the fall instructional league for the Royals and has not played in a sanctioned game since high school when Baseball America named him a second-team All-American.

          That hasn't diminished White's desire to get back on the baseball diamond, and the Marlins are willing to give him a chance, at least at the minor league level. But Griffin said White is also considering a two-year contract offer from the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League and has spoken to representatives for at least eight NFL teams. Griffin also said that White intends to spend next month -- when spring training starts up in Jupiter -- working with a quarterbacks coach in San Diego.

       "Things are very premature as to whether he'll report to spring training," Griffin said. "More than likely, Pat will probably spend next month in San Diego. He's definitely looking to get back into the NFL. I don't want to step on the Marlins' toes, but things are really on hold right now."