Reports: Astros add Chad Qualls, Matt Albers to bullpen

Chad Qualls is one of two righty relievers headed to Houston. (USATSI)
Chad Qualls is one of two righty relievers headed to Houston. (USATSI)

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The Astros have reportedly made a pair of moves aimed at improving the bullpen. First, they agreed to terms with right-hander Chad Qualls to a two-year, $6-million deal, and then, as Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports, they locked up right-hander Matt Albers with a one-year pact worth $2.45 million. 

Qualls, 35, last season pitched to a 2.61 ERA and 2.58 K/BB ratio in 62 innings for the Marlins. For his career, Qualls owns an ERA+ of 112 across parts of the 10 major-league seasons. As for Albers, the 30-year-old notched a 3.14 ERA and 1.52 K/BB ratio in 63 innings for the Indians in 2013. Over the course of his eight-year major-league career, he's logged a 96 ERA+. Each pitcher boasts strong groundball tendencies.

Also of note is that Qualls was originally a second-round pick of the Astros back in 2000, and he spent the first four seasons of his big-league career in Houston. Albers, meanwhile, is a native of nearby Sugar Land, Texas.  

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