May 8, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Houston Astros catcher Carlos Corporan (22) and relief pitcher Chad Qualls (50) shake hands after the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Houston won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers Claim RP Chad Qualls

The Detroit Tigers are the team that has claimed RP Chad Qualls, according to Peter Gammons (ESPN).

Though the Astros weren’t rushing to deal him during the trade deadline, they may decide to do so now. Qualls has a 3.07 ERA with a 3.06 FIP and a 7.8 K/9 ratio this season. He is signed through the 2015 season, with a cheap club option for 2016.

The veteran closer recently told Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) that he wants to stay in Houston. However, the Astros may choose to deal their closer in hopes of bringing back another prospect or two from the Tigers.

The Tigers farm system isn’t considered one of the best. However, their are some intriguing prospects the Astros could choose from. Robbie Ray is an MLB-ready LHP who could interest the Astros. Jonathan Crawford, Kevin Ziomek, and Austin Kubitza are some possibilities. Any player or prospect the Astros would like in return would have to clear waivers. If they don’t, the player would have to be announced as a PTBNL.

Trading for Qualls would give the Tigers several former closers with Joe Nathan, Joakim Soria, and Jim Johnson already in the bullpen.

The Astros and Tigers have until Wednesday to try and work out a deal.

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