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Marlins reliever Chad Qualls a possible trade target?

cspencer@MiamiHerald.comJuly 20, 2013 

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Miami Marlins pitcher Chad Qualls works in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, on Friday, July 12, 2013. Miami won, 8-3. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/MCT)

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Chad Qualls doesn’t have his bags packed.

But if recent history is a guide, Qualls could be on the move before the July31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Qualls was dealt at the deadline in 2010 and 2012.

“I’m not worried about it,” Qualls said. “What a veteran told me long ago when I was a rookie was, ‘If your name is in trade rumors, that means you’re in demand. And if you’re in demand, that means you have a job.’ So you have to look at the positive in everything.”

Qualls was traded from Arizona to Tampa Bay on July 31, 2010, and from the Yankees to Pittsburgh five minutes before last year’s July 31 deadline.

The 34-year-old reliever has all the markings of a trade piece again.

He’s on a one-year deal with the Marlins, is pitching better than he has in several years, and has playoff experience with Houston and Tampa Bay. He’s also inexpensive in terms of salary ($1.15 million this season).

Qualls said he would “like to stay.” But he’s also a realist and knows that “anything can happen.”

“I think my dad pays attention to it more than I do,” he said. “For me, they’re just rumors until they happen.”

Paying homage

The Marlins on Saturday will wear 1956 Miami Marlins throwback uniforms in recognition of the Milwaukee Brewers’ eighth annual Negro Leagues Tribute.

Negro Leagues great Satchel Paige was a member of the Triple A ’56 Marlins, a member of International League. The Brewers will wear reproductions of the uniforms worn by the 1923 Milwaukee Bears.

“That’s pretty cool to be able to wear a jersey that the great Satchel Paige wore,” said Marlins outfielder Juan Pierre. “I’m excited. Just to honor those guys in the past, it’s always cool.”

Said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton: “It’s good that we’re participating even though we didn’t have one of those [Negro League] teams. I like the jerseys.”

This and that

• Manager Mike Redmond said outfielder Chris Coghlan has resumed “baseball activities” but gave no timetable for his possible return. “He’s just starting the process,” Redmond said. “A lot is going to depend on being on his feet for an extended period of time and how his back reacts to that.”

• Redmond said Matt Diaz, who was placed on the disabled list May 20 with a left knee bone bruise, is home and probably won’t be returning this season.

• Pitcher Alex Sanabia (groin) has begun light tossing.

UPCOMING

•  Saturday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-0, 2.93) at Milwaukee Brewers RHP Yovanni Gallardo (7-8, 4.83), 7:10 p.m., Miller Park.

•  Sunday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (0-1, 4.58) at Milwaukee Brewers RHP Wily Peralta (7-9, 4.61), 2:10 p.m., Miller Park.

•  Scouting Report: Eovaldi has thrown at least six innings in each of his eight previous starts dating back to Sept.18, 2012. Since that date, he has compiled a 2-1 record with a 2.66 ERA and held opponents to a .189 batting average.

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