According to a report, an unidentified team has claimed Houston Astros closer Chad Qualls off revocable waivers.
Before a player can be traded after the July 31 non-waiver deadline, he must first pass through waivers that can be withdrawn if the player’s current team chooses to.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, via Twitter:
#Astros’ Qualls claimed on waivers, per source. Unclear whether team would move him. Must be traded, let go or pulled back by Wednesday.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 25, 2014
So the Astros have two days to work out a trade for Qualls with the team that claimed him, let him go to that team with only $20,000 coming back as compensation or pull Qualls back off waivers.
If they pull Qualls back off waivers, he can’t be traded for the rest of the season.
Qualls was the closer for parts of two seasons in Arizona in 2009-10, but has spent most of his 11 big-league seasons as a set-up man.
This season, Qualls has a 3.07 ERA and 1.159 WHIP in 49 appearances and 44 innings and has converted 14 of 17 save chances.
He doesn’t have a lot of save opportunities because Houston doesn’t win a lot of games, but for a contender looking for a veteran arm in the pen with postseason experience, he would certainly fit the bill. Qualls pitched in the playoffs for the Astros in 2004-05 and with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010.
He’s made 712 career appearances, all in relief, and has 65 career saves to go with a 3.75 ERA and 1.273 WHIP.
He was originally drafted by the Astros in the second round in 2000 and returned to Houston as a free agent in December. He’s also pitched for the Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins.