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Chad Qualls | Relief Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/17/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 239
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Nevada
Contract: view contract details

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Chad Qualls gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning to take his fifth blown save and fourth loss Wednesday against the A's.
Mere hours after the Astros declined to trade him to the Tigers. Qualls has had a nice year, but he's a 36-year-old with a career 3.74 ERA; if the Astros could have gotten value for him, they should have done so. Aug 28 - 12:06 AM

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The deadline for the Tigers to work out a trade for Astros reliever Chad Qualls passed without a deal Wednesday.

The deadline passing means Qualls won't be dealt this season. That's good news for fantasy owners, as the right-hander would likely have been a setup man for Joe Nathan in Detroit a la Joakim Soria. Qualls earned his 15th save of the season on Tuesday, and the 36-year-old has a 3.05 ERA on the year.
Aug 27 - 9:28 PM

Chad Qualls retired the Athletics in order in the ninth inning on Tuesday to earn his 15th save.

Qualls, still a member of the Astros for now, had little trouble with the Athletics' 8-9-1 hitters. The 36-year-old owns a 3.05 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 38/5 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings this season. If the Tigers do make a deal for the veteran reliever -- and they have until Wednesday to work something out -- he'll likely occupy a setup role in Detroit.
Aug 26 - 10:55 PM

Peter Gammons reports that the Tigers have claimed Chad Qualls off revocable waivers from the Astros.

Given the state of the Tigers' bullpen, it's no surprise that they were the ones who put in the claim. It's unclear whether the Astros actually intend to trade him, but the two sides have until Wednesday to make a deal. Qualls, who has a 3.07 ERA in 49 appearances this year, is under contract for $3 million next season and the Astros hold a $3.5 million club option for 2016.
Aug 26 - 8:25 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Chad Qualls has been claimed on revocable waivers.

Rosenthal notes that it's "unclear" whether the Astros will trade him. They were adamant about not dealing Qualls prior to the trade deadline, but perhaps they'll change their mind if they get the right offer. Qualls is under contract for $3 million next season and the Astros hold a $3.5 million club option for 2016.
Aug 25 - 6:53 PM

Chad Qualls (back) tossed a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation Friday against the Indians.

Qualls was unavailable the previous two days due to discomfort in his lower back. It's something he'll attempt to manage the rest of the way.
Aug 23 - 4:19 AM

Chad Qualls (back) is believed to be unavailable for Thursday's series finale against the Yankees.

Qualls was also on the shelf Wednesday due to lingering discomfort in his back. It's not an issue that is expected to require a 15-day disabled list stint. Jose Veras earned a save in Qualls' place on Wednesday night and could be called on again Thursday afternoon.
Aug 21 - 12:10 PM

Astros manager Bo Porter said reliever Chad Qualls was unavailable Wednesday with mild back discomfort.

With a three-run lead in the ninth inning, Porter turned to Jose Veras, not Qualls, for the save. The revelation after the game shed some light on that decision. Assuming it's a small issue -- Porter said Qualls should be available Thursday -- he'll be back in there the next time the Astros have a save opportunity.
Aug 20 - 10:54 PM

Chad Qualls made things interesting in the ninth inning on Friday, surrendering a run on three hits, but was able to escape with his 13th save of the season.

Qualls allowed an RBI single to Mike Carp that pulled the Rangers to within a run at 4-3, but that would be as close as they'd get. He has now made good on 13 of his first 16 chances on the season, posting a 3.38 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 37/5 K/BB ratio over his 40 innings.
Aug 9 - 12:42 AM

Chad Qualls worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Blue Jays on Friday, protecting a two-run lead and earning his 12th save of the season.

The veteran right-hander struck out a pair while allowing one hit in his inning of work. He has done a nice job out of the Astros bullpen this season, compiling a 3.26 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 37/5 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 innings.
Aug 2 - 12:05 AM

The Astros are telling other teams that Chad Qualls isn't available, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

If you're confused as to why Houston, miles outside of contention, is making a 35-year-old closer unavailable, we're with you. Qualls would have been a nice rental for a playoff hopeful. He is 1-2 with a 3.19 ERA and 11 saves in 15 chances, and is set to make a reasonable $3 million next year.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 31 - 11:06 AM

Called on to protect a three-run lead in the ninth, Chad Qualls instead gave up five runs while recording just two outs in a blown save against the A's on Tuesday.

The inning started well enough, with Qualls striking out Steven Vogt for the first out. Qualls actually got a second out with the score 4-3, but a Yoenis Cespedes RBI single tied the game and ended Qualls' night. All told, Qualls allowed four hits, walked one and threw a wild pitch before exiting. He's now allowed runs in each of his last two appearances, sullying what was previously a very strong year for the 35-year-old.
Jul 29 - 11:57 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated Thursday that the team is unlikely to trade Chad Qualls.

Teams have expressed interest in the reliever, but Qualls will make a reasonable $6 million through the end of next season and has a $3 million option for 2016, so Luhnow doesn't feel compelled to move him. The 35-year-old boasts a terrific 1.78 ERA and 31/4 K/BB ratio over 35 1/3 innings in 2014. "I hesitate to use the word 'untouchable,' but he likes it here, he's comfortable here and he's pitching well," Luhnow said. "To have a guy who's capable of pitching late in the game, in close games, we're going to have opportunity going forward. This is a team that's improving, and as the team improves, you have more save opportunities, more opportunities to pitch at the end of close games. We need more Chad Qualls. We don't need less."
Jul 24 - 6:45 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers have inquired on Chad Qualls.

The Tigers have been connected to just about every reliever on the market. Qualls has experienced a nice bounce-back season in Houston, posting a 1.78 ERA and 31/4 K/BB ratio over 35 1/3 innings. A trade would be bad for his fantasy value, as he almost surely would be used as a setup man wherever he goes.
Jul 23 - 1:51 PM

Chad Qualls hurled a scoreless ninth inning Monday to notch his eighth save of the season in a 4-3 victory against the Diamondbacks.

Qualls gave up a double to Ender Inciarte that was misplayed by Marwin Gonzalez, playing left field as a chain reaction to Bo Porter's decision to make a double switch that had reliever Tony Sipp in right field for one play in the eighth. Qualls has five saves since May 29 and he hasn't given up a run since way back on April 19. On that day, through six appearances, Qualls held a 9.00 ERA. It's down to 2.08. As a suddenly effective closer on a suddenly scorching team (Houston has won 12 of 16 games), the case could be made that Qualls is one of the more underrated fantasy assets in the game at the moment.
Jun 10 - 12:58 AM

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