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Tigers claim Astros closer Qualls off waivers

The Detroit Tigers have claimed Houston Astros closer Chad Qualls on revocable waivers, according to MLB insider Peter Gammons, giving the team until Wednesday to work out a trade for the veteran.

If the teams don't work out a deal, the Astros likely would pull him off waivers, and the right-hander would be ineligible to be traded the rest of the season. Qualls, 36, is under contract for $3 million for 2015 and has a $3.5-million club option for 2016.

It's unclear what the Tigers would have to give up to acquire him.

Qualls is 1-3 with 14 saves for the Astros this season. He has a 3.07 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 38 strikeouts and five walks in 44 innings.

The Tigers, of course, also traded for an Astros closer during the pennant drive last season, acquiring Jose Veras before the nonwaiver trade deadline.

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