Diamondbacks, Qualls agree to 1-year deal

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Closer Chad Qualls and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,535,000.

With the deal, Qualls avoids 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 posted 44 saves for the Astros last season.