Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle appeared on XM Radio’s Baseball Beat yesterday, and reported that the Red Sox are interested in Astros reliever Chad Qualls.
Qualls, who will turn 29 this year, has a 4.50 ERA through 40 innings. His strikeout rate is way up, but so are the hits and home runs. He was worked pretty hard last year with 81 appearances. Qualls is a long way from free agency. A few items of note: he dealt with shoulder tendinitis this spring, and has a likely two-game suspension coming for throwing a ball into the stands.