Like sands through an hour-glass, so are the days of the Detroit Tigers’ bullpen.
The Tigers have claimed Chad Qualls from the Houston Astros, but are not guaranteed to land the part-time closer. Since they sent Qualls through revocable waivers, he can still be pulled back by Houston. The two teams have until Wednesday to work out a trade for the right-hander. If that trade is not made, the Astros can basically give him to the Tigers or pull him back.
Nothing in life is free, so expect a trade or Qualls to rejoin the Astros.
Qualls has saved 14 games this season, posting a 3.07 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP in 44 innings. His best season came with Arizona in 2008, posting a 2.81 ERA, 1.154 WHIP with 22 holds and nine saves.
Should Qualls join the Tigers, he will be put into seventh inning scenarios at least until Joakim Soria returns from injuries.
His acquisition would mean the Tigers would have four pitchers in the bullpen that have closed games out, including Qualls, Soria, Jim Johnson, and Joe Nathan. Five if you count Joba Chamberlain‘s brief forgettable appearances as a spot Tigers’ closer.