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Astros sign relief pitcher Chad Qualls to two-year deal

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Chad Qualls is returning to the Astros on a two-year deal.
Chad Qualls is returning to the Astros on a two-year deal. (USATSI)

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The Astros have signed free agent relief pitcher Chad Qualls to a two-year deal, the club announced Saturday afternoon. It also includes a club option for a third year in 2016.

The deal is for $6 million plus incentives, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The club option is for $3.5 million, per Rosenthal.

Qualls, 35, had a 2.61 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 49 strikeouts in 62 innings last season for the Marlins. In his career, he sports a 3.79 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. He has closing experience -- with the Diamondbacks back in 2009-10 -- but has mostly been used in the seventh or eighth inning in his career.

The signing marks a reunion, as Qualls was drafted and developed by the Astros, spending the first four years of his big-league career with Houston.

Hopefully Qualls doesn't celebrate his signing with a fist-pump:

 
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