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Yankees swap Chad Qualls to Pirates for Casey McGehee

New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 3: Pitcher Chad Qualls #40 of the New York Yankees throws in relief against the Tampa Bay Rays July 3, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays won 7 - 4. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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Four weeks ago the Yankees sent cash to the Phillies for Chad Qualls, but after eight unimpressive appearances he’s on the move again. New York has sent Qualls to Pittsburgh for Casey McGehee, who became superfluous as a right-handed-hitting third baseman/first baseman once the Pirates acquired Gaby Sanchez from the Marlins today.

Neither player has been much good this season. Qualls has a 4.89 ERA and 21/12 K/BB ratio in 39 innings overall, including allowing five runs in 7.1 innings since the Yankees got him from the Phillies. McGehee has hit just .230 with a .674 OPS and was even worse last year, hitting .223 with a .626 OPS.

This is about as low-wattage as a deadline deal involving two veteran players can possibly get.