As reported by Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, the Astros may be looking for some outfield depth with Dexter Fowler, Collin McHugh and George Springer currently on the disabled list. Although the Astros could get some help by dealing Chad Qualls, who is drawing a lot of interest, the Astros are unlikely to trade Qualls, who has a 1.78 ERA and 11 saves this season.
Qualls was signed in December to a two-year contract and while general manager Jeff Luhnow didn't go as far as saying Qualls was untouchable, he appears as close to untouchable as one can get.
"I hesitate to use the word 'untouchable,' but he likes it here, he's comfortable here and he's pitching well. To have a guy who's capable of pitching late in the game, in close games, we're going to have opportunity going forward. This is a team that's improving, and as the team improves, you have more save opportunities, more opportunities to pitch at the end of close games. We need more Chad Qualls. We don't need less."Qualls, who was drafted by the Astros, has made it clear he wants to retire where it all started for him.
"Obviously, I want to be part of that and stay here. I would love to be able to stay here for 2 1/2 years and even beyond that and retire as an Astro. That's been my plan all along is that I prefer to stay here."Qualls, in his 11th Major League season, has pitched for the Diamondbacks, Rays, Padres, Yankees, Phillies, Pirates, Marlins and Astros. He has a career record of 46-38 with 62 saves, 161 holds and an ERA of 3.69.