With less than a week to go before the waiver trade deadline on August 31, the Astros may be one of the most active sellers. According to reports from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, reliever Chad Qualls was claimed off revocable trade waivers by an unidentified team and starter Scott Feldman cleared, meaning that the latter can be traded to any team within the next six days.
Qualls was a trade candidate before the non-waiver deadline in July, and could have been claimed by a non-contender due to the fact that he is controlled for only $3 million next season. The Tigers, who are looking for bullpen help, and the Yankees, who are being very active on the waiver wire, are possible destinations for the 36-year old, who has resurrected his career with a 3.07 ERA and 14 saves in 49 appearances with Houston on the season.
Feldman, who turns 32 this offseason, may be dealt to a team like the Angels, who are looking for rotation help after losing starters Tyler Skaggs and Garrett Richards for the remainder of the season. He is owed $18 million over the next two seasons as a result of the three-year, $30 million deal he signed with Houston last winter, so the Astros may have to pay some of that salary if they decide to move him before the end of the month.