Nov 13, 2014, 11:55 PM EST
The Astros have their eyes on a few big name free agent relievers.
Sep 6, 2014, 7:30 PM EST
The slumping Athletics appeared to be well on their way to another loss, but put together a three-run ninth inning to work off victors against the Astros on Saturday.
Aug 26, 2014, 9:16 AM EST
They have until tomorrow to make a trade with the Astros
Aug 25, 2014, 7:15 PM EST
Qualls has quietly been very effective as Houston’s closer this season, posting a 3.07 ERA and 38/5 K/BB ratio over 44 innings while going 14-for-17 in save opportunities.
Jul 30, 2014, 7:24 AM EST
The Yankees and Rangers gave us a retro night in Arlington.
Jul 24, 2014, 10:20 PM EST
Chad Qualls quietly owns a 1.78 ERA this season. The Astros are reluctant to deal him.
Jul 24, 2014, 12:09 PM EST
Who is buying? Who is selling? Who is on the block? And is next week’s trade deadline really a deadline?
Jul 12, 2014, 2:01 PM EST
The Pirates are focused on adding pitching in advance of the July non-waiver trade deadline.
Jul 5, 2014, 12:30 PM EST
Father Time appears to be catching up with Joe Nathan, so the Tigers are looking to the trade market to fortify the late innings.
May 31, 2014, 8:58 AM EST
A quick recap of a busy Friday around MLB, including another win from the red-hot (you heard me right) Astros.
May 17, 2014, 11:38 AM EST
Released by the Mets earlier this week, veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth has found a new home with the Astros.
May 16, 2014, 9:10 PM EST
Astros manager Bo Porter says that Chad Qualls will be the club’s full-time closer going forward.
Mar 26, 2014, 9:45 AM EST
Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Houston Astros. The Big Question: One hundred losses again, right? Depends on how long the Astros keep their prospects on…
Feb 20, 2014, 11:00 AM EST
Jesse Crain injured his right calf the other day. Evan Drellich reports that an MRI has confirmed the original diagnosis of a strain. While Bo Porter characterized the diagnosis as good news — coulda been worse — it’s just the latest in a series of health issues for Crain. He had biceps surgery in the offseason…
Feb 3, 2014, 4:00 PM EST
Having finished with baseball’s worst record three straight years, the Astros have mastered the art of being bad. And it’s worked out for them; thanks to their early draft picks and some veteran-for-prospects trades, they now boast one of the game’s very best farm systems. That left the Astros with a decision to make entering…
Dec 31, 2013, 2:49 PM EST
Hey, actual news on December 31! Jesse Crain has agreed to a one-year contract with the Astros, who add the veteran right-hander to a bullpen mix that also recently added Chad Qualls on a two-year, $6 million deal. Crain was having a career-year for the White Sox when shoulder problems derailed him in late June.…
Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EST
Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…
Dec 7, 2013, 4:56 PM EST
One day after inking right-handed starter Scott Feldman to a three-year, $30 million contract, the Astros have signed veteran reliever Chad Qualls to a two-year deal with a club option for 2016. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Qualls will make $6 million guaranteed in the deal while the option is worth $3.5 million. Qualls,…
Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EST
This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…
Aug 21, 2013, 10:15 AM EST
This is about the Philadelphia Phillies, but let’s start with the Chiefs. I have always been fascinated by the Kansas City Chiefs of the 1970s. You probably know that the Chiefs of the late 1960s and early 1970s were among the best teams in football. They played in Super Bowl I, and they won Super…
Jul 31, 2013, 5:50 PM EST
Given how disappointing this afternoon’s trade deadline proved to be, it’s only fair that the annual winners and losers column is a little lopsided. Let’s get right to it: Winners Red Sox: I didn’t like the idea of Boston giving up top prospects for Jake Peavy because I just didn’t see him being a big…
Jul 30, 2013, 10:10 PM EST
The Marlins’ Chad Qualls got pretty excited after striking out Omar Quintanilla to end the top of the eighth in a 2-2 game against the Mets tonight. How excited?
May 21, 2013, 3:51 PM EST
What type of MLB player do you want to be?
Apr 21, 2013, 6:05 PM EST
With a 10-6 loss to the Reds this afternoon, the Miami Marlins dropped to 4-15 on the season. Not that it is a shock to anyone, but they are by far the worst-hitting team in baseball: their .242 weighted on-base average (wOBA) is well below the second-worst Mariners’ .279. The starting pitching has been decent,…
Jan 25, 2013, 9:09 PM EST
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have signed right-handed reliever Chad Qualls to a minor league contract. The deal includes a spring training invite. Qualls, 34, posted a 5.33 ERA and 27/14 K/BB ratio over 52 1/3 innings last season between the Phillies, Yankees and Pirates. He still induces plenty of…
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- My Imaginary Hall of Fame Ballot 120
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