Free agent relief pitcher Chad Qualls returns to Astros

HOUSTON

According to Astros.com, the team signed free-agent right-handed relief pitcher Chad Qualls to a 2-year deal worth a reported $9.5 millions.

Qualls, 35, was 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 66 appearances out of the bullpen for Miami last season. He's been a rock out of the pen, making 50 or more appearances in 9 straight seasons.

Qualls was a member of the 2005 Astros who made it to the World Series against the White Sox. He was drafted by Houston in 2000 and spent four years in the minors before his Major League debut in 2004.

Qualls has pitched for eight different organizations in his career, including time with Houston (2004-07), Arizona (2008-10), Tampa Bay (2010), San Diego (2011), Philadelphia (2012), New York Yankees (2012), Pittsburgh (2012) and Miami (2013). In his career, Qualls is 45-37 with 51 saves and a 3.79 ERA.

This announcement comes on the heels of a deal with Colorado to land outfielder Dexter Fowler and the signing of free-agent starting pitcher Scott Feldman.

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