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Diamondbacks Trading Away Chad Qualls and Chris Snyder | July
The Diamondbacks continue to drop salary for this year and 2011, sending out two more players on Friday night. The Diamondbacks have traded pitcher Chad Qualls to the Tampa Bay Rays for a Player To Be Named Later, with the understanding that the Rays will pick up the remainder of Qualls' salary for the year (around $1.5M). The player coming back is not expected to be a top prospect. Catcher Chris Snyder will be sent to the Pirates, pending league approval. Snyder is due to make $5.75M in 2011, so the Diamondbacks will be sending some cash to the Pirates to help cover Snyder's salary. Edit: The Diamondbacks will get three veteran players - OF Ryan Church, IF Bobby Crosby, and RP D.J. Carrasco. Church (.182/.240/.312 in 2010, career .264/.336/.429) could see some playing time in the OF, while Crosby (.224/.301/.295 in 2010, career .237/.305/.373) will battle Tony Abreu and Augie Ojeda for backup playing time in the infield. Crosby could also serve as insurance if Kelly Johnson or Stephen Drew is traded. D.J. Carrasco is a passable middle reliever, with a 3.88 ERA and 1.293 WHIP. He's striking out 7.3 batters per 9 IP while walking 3.6 per 9 innings. The Diamondbacks are sending AAA SS Pedro Ciriaco to the Pirates. Ciriaco played in the Futures Game this year, but hasn't shown any kind of bat in the minors. He has a 253/.278/.392 line in the PCL this year, and a career .303 OBP in the minors.