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Trade Deadline: Relief Pitching Targets For Dodgers

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Contestant #3: Chad Qualls

At one point in time, Qualls looked like he’d become a top closer. Unfortunately for him, that time never came.

Regardless, the soon-to-be 36-year-old has been effective for the Astros this year, with a sub-2.00 ERA and excellent control. He’s signed through 2015 for $3 million.

What The Astros Might Want: Zach Lee

Houston could probably use some pitching help, though I’m not sure the Dodgers would want to give up a guy as good as Lee for a year and two months of Qualls.

What The Astros Might Take: Chris Reed, Greg Harris

The Astros are a statistically-inclined organization who likely needs a player in return with solid peripherals. Reed has a higher than normal walk rate, but Harris is an underrated performer in A-ball who might pique their interest.

Deal or No Deal: DEAL

Qualls is affordable and has been productive over the past season and a half, while Reed and Harris don’t majorly figure into the Dodgers’ long-term plans. While I prefer the Dodgers to look to their own farm to fix the bullpen, I wouldn’t be upset with acquiring a short-term solution who won’t cost a lot in terms of players or salary.

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