Astros Unlikely To Deal Chad Qualls

Though he could hold appeal as a setup option to a contender, Astros closer Chad Qualls appears unlikely to change hands at the trade deadline,’s Brian McTaggart reports. Qualls, 35, has been lights out this year with a 1.78 ERA and 7.9 K/9 against just 1.0 BB/9.

GM Jeff Luhnow indicated that he has little interest in moving Qualls, who is playing out the first season of a two-year, $6MM deal that includes a $3MM option for 2016. Said Luhnow:

“I hesitate to use the word ‘untouchable,’ but he likes it here, he’s comfortable here, and he’s pitching well.¬†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.”

Qualls, likewise, says he hopes to finish out his career in Houston.

While it is always tantalizing to consider the possibility of adding young talent, it should be noted that Qualls’s contract does look fairly¬†reasonable at this point. And neither would he figure to bring back a significant haul. Instead of rolling the dice on another veteran next year, Houston may well be best served by holding onto him for the time being.

9 Responses to Astros Unlikely To Deal Chad Qualls Leave a Reply

  1. Daniel Morairity 1 year ago

    Chad qualls needs to go to the tigers right now

    • EightMileCats 1 year ago

      Tigers need a lefty now…

      • Daniel Morairity 1 year ago

        Antonio bastardo is not going to the tigers

        • EightMileCats 1 year ago

          Bastardo isn’t the only lefty out there.

          Besides him, you’ve got Wright/Russell from the Cubs, Sipp from the Astros, Oliver Perez from the Dbacks, maybe Cotts from Texas.

          Not counting Bastardo who will likely be dealt at some point

          • Daniel Morairity 1 year ago

            Why cant the tigers get james russell or tony sipp

  2. mmiller54 1 year ago

    When one has an opportunity to trade Chad Qualls, they should do it.

  3. Travis2014 1 year ago

    A guy pitching over his head sure to bring a very nice haul is untouchable….a reliever…

    Sometimes I wonder why they are so bad…and times like this it all makes sense.

    • TSOLID 1 year ago

      What are you good at, Travis?? Just B/C someone is having a good year on a bad team, doesn’t mean it’s good to trade him. Maybe he’s a good leader in the clubhouse, a mentor for the younger relievers. If he’s happy & doesn’t want to go anywhere & unless the Astros are blown away, let him stay.

  4. Sliders 1 year ago

    Those human size UCL’s are hard to come by……ya know?

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