According to a report by CBSSports baseball insider Jon Heyamn, the Detroit tigers have called about Houston Astors Reliever Chad Qualls.
…the most likely trade pieces may be veteran relievers Chad Qualls and Tony Sipp, who’ve been effective.
The Tigers are said to have inquired about Qualls…
Chad Qualls should be a familiar name to baseball fans as he has been around for 11 seasons and has played for 8 different teams. Despite his age (35) this season has been one of Chad Qualls best. In Houston Qualls has posted a 1.78 ERA with a WHIP of 1.019. Both of those numbers are far below his career averages. (3.74/1.268)
The old cliche “water always finds its level” come to mind here. While Qualls has had a fantastic first half of the season, the odds are against him continuing that success. Most likely he will return to the human victory cigar most fans know him to be.
Qualls has been nothing more than an innings eater and bullpen place holder for the last 11 seasons. Serviceable to be sure but the Tigers need a bullpen arm that is a threat to shut down the opposition not a player and Chad Qualls is not that guy.
Hopefully Trader Dave Dombrowski has a few more tricks up his sleeve because if the Tigers have to depend on 35-year-old Chad Qualls it could be a very short offseason.