Chad Qualls returns to Astros for $6M, 2-year deal
Chad Qualls is returning to the Houston Astros, his original
The right-handed reliever agreed to a $6 million, two-year
contract with a team option for 2016.
Qualls went 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 66 games for the Miami
Marlins this year and has made at least 50 appearances in nine
straight seasons. He has pitched for eight clubs in his big league
career, going 45-37 with 51 saves and a 3.79 ERA in 663
”Improving our bullpen is a top priority this offseason,”
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. ”Bringing
Chad back to Houston is a big step in that direction.”
The move came one day after Houston added a veteran starter in
30-year-old Scott Feldman, who signed a three-year deal. The young
Astros had the worst record in the majors last season at 51-111,
losing their last 15 games.
The 35-year-old Qualls was drafted in the second round by
Houston in 2000 and pitched for the Astros from 2004-07, helping
them reach their only World Series in 2005.
Qualls gets $2.75 million next year and $3 million in 2015 under
Saturday’s agreement. Houston has a $3.5 million option for 2016
with a $250,000 buyout.