By Steve Ungrey on July 24, 2014
He may not want to leave Houston, but Chad Qualls might not have a choice. His stats are solid for a relief pitcher, and we're getting to the time of year where players like these are in demand. Here are five possible landing spots for the standout reliever.
Even before the Joakim Soria trade, the Tigers were talking with Houston about Qualls. It still would be a wise place for Qualls to end up. The Tigers have so many potential pitfalls in that bullpen (yes, Al Alburquerque and Phil Coke, your names are mentioned here) and Joel Hanrahan still isn't ready to contribute.
If the Marlins decide to stay in buyer's mode, they might want to bring back a pitcher who had success for them last year. Qualls has been an ideal pitcher on some Florida teams in the past, and what better way to tell Marlins fans the team is building by bringing someone strong back into the fold?
Could New York be interested in trading for Qualls? With the relief pitching in flux a year after Mariano Rivera's retirement, a healthy and stable Qualls might be one of the better things to hope for in the Big Apple.
Parts of the St. Louis bullpen are a bit of a mess at the moment. Most of the pitchers can be relied on during an appearance, but others like Randy Choate have been less than stellar. Plug Qualls into this team and it could be a solid fit for both the Cards and the pitcher.
The Giants have had issues keeping a bullpen healthy and effective, and they already had to jettison Sergio Romo as closer. Teams usually fatten up on bullpen help, and what better way for San Francisco to show the team is serious than to acquire Qualls?
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