Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow told Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) that they are unlikely to deal RP Chad Qualls.
“I hesitate to use the word ‘untouchable,’ but he likes it here, he’s comfortable here and he’s pitching well,” general manager Jeff 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.”
Qualls has a 1.78 ERA and 11 saves this season, and is owed just $3 million next season with a $3.5 million club option for 2016.
The 35-year old has been sought after by the Detroit Tigers as well as other teams, but it’s unlikely he will be dealt. He’s under control at a great price for a closer performing as well as he has been this season.
Teams will continue to call the Astros for either Qualls or Tony Sipp, both relievers who have been dominant this season. The Astros will need to be blown away by offers in order to move either reliever.
Qualls started his career in Houston and would like to finish it in Houston as well.
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