Diamondbacks, Qualls agree to 1-year deal

Updated: January 20, 2009, 7:14 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Relief pitcher Chad Qualls and the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed Tuesday on a $2,535,000, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.

Qualls went 4-8 with nine saves and a 2.81 ERA in 2008, his first season with the Diamondbacks. He was acquired from Houston in a deal involving former Arizona closer Jose Valverde, who had 44 saves for the Astros last year.

The only Diamondbacks player remaining in arbitration is first baseman-outfielder Conor Jackson, who asked for $3.65 million and was offered $2.45 million by the club. He made $419,500 last year.

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