Posted December 07, 2013

Report: Astros sign reliever Chad Qualls to 2-year deal

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Chad Qualls (Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images)

Chad Qualls had a 2.61 ERA in 66 games for Miami last season. (Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images)

Veteran reliever Chad Qualls has signed a two-year deal with the Houston Astros, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

The deal is worth $6 million with a club option for a third year at $3.5 million.

Qualls, a 10-year veteran, could be Houston’s closer after serving as a setup man for most of his career. The 35-year-old has played for eight teams and started his career with the Astros in 2004-07. He is 45-37 with a 3.79 ERA in 663 appearances with 51 saves in 95 opportunities.

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Qualls is also known for falling down after a fist pump.

After finishing with the worst record in baseball the last three years, the Astros have been busy this offseason, acquiring outfielder Dexter Fowler in a trade with Colorado and signing starter Scott Feldman to a three-year deal.

Pitching, especially out of the bullpen, was a source of concern for the Astros last season, as their relievers had a league-worst 4.92 ERA and blew 29 saves.

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