On the same day that the Rockies signed Jason Motte to improve their bullpen, they also made another move by signing relief pitcher Chad Qualls to a 2-year/$6 million contract. Qualls is 37 years old and he certainly isn’t the same type of player that he was earlier in his career. However, he has a proven track record as he has a 3.80 ERA and 74 saves in his MLB career. The Rockies needed any bullpen help that they could get this offseason and while Qualls isn’t a very good reliever anymore he still is an upgrade over what Colorado had a year ago. Qualls will likely be the 7th inning guy for the Rockies, but don’t expect him to improve his stats from last year with Houston in which he had a 4.38 ERA. At least Colorado is trying to improve their bullpen in any way they can, but this signing doesn’t fix their problems at all.
Grade: C- – Qualls has had a pretty good MLB career, but he is 37 years old now and he certainly isn’t a great option for any bullpen. Maybe this signing improves the Rockies bullpen in 2016, but in all likelihood it might not improve it all.