From the Wire … Cubs Sign Veteran Reliever Jose Veras

According to a report from Enrique Rojas, the Cubs signed free agent RHP Jose Veras to a one-year, $4 million contract. The deal includes a club option for 2015 worth $5.5 million and an incentives package for the 2014 season. Veras must pass a physical before the deal becomes official. According to Jon Heyman, Veras receives $4 million on one-year deal … $3.85 million base plus $150,000 buyout on $5.5 million club option for 2015. Veras also receives $750,000 in incentives based on games finished.

The 33-year old split time last season with the Astros and Tigers. Jose Veras began the year as Houston’s closer and finished the season in Detroit. Veras ended up with a combined 0-5 record with 21 saves in 67 appearances (3.02 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP).

With the addition of Jose Veras, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 40 players.

The Cubs signed Jose Veras to pitch in the ninth inning next year and possibly into the 2015 season. Jose Veras figures to join Pedro Strop, Justin Grimm, Hector Rondon, Wesley Wright, James Russell and a healthy Arodys Vizcaino, as the roster is currently constructed, in the backend of the bullpen.

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  • cubtex

    Good one! He is the one guy I was wondering why the Cubs weren’t associated with this offseason. Should be able to flip this guy next year. Good signing.

    • TheWrongGuy

      I agree. I like this signing.
      If he fails you still have other options in your pen. Hoyer has been building a nice pen. How many games were lost the past 2 seasons because of the pen? Sorry rhetorical question. answer is TOO MANY. The current starting rotation with an improved bullpen could add wins alone, even with our poor offense.

    • Tony_Hall

      Maybe they have been talking to players and trying to sign them. Not all “rumors” makes it to twitter. I wonder how many other players they have talked to about signing, that we just haven’t heard about?

      • cubtex

        Theo must read cco and reading my posts :) Hopefully Nick Franklin mext

        • Tony_Hall

          Somehow I believe, the amount of info he has on Nick Franklin and every other player is far greater than what we post on here.

        • Tony_Hall

          Sorry, meant to finish with a big ole :)

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          Or Franklin Gutierrez…

          • Eugene Debs

            I like the idea of Gutierrez.

          • mutantbeast

            Gutierrez just re-signed with Seattle

          • Eugene Debs

            Lame.

        • paCubsFan23

          Yeah, good call cubtex. It was a smart signing.

        • Tony_Hall

          Thought you would enjoy this article on your new favorite team :)

          http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/10150907/the-new-normal-new-york-yankees

  • Sonate

    Hey, his walks/9 are not good, but there are worse options for a contract, right? RIght?

    • mutantbeast

      Veras BB/9 rate actually dropped a lot last yr, from a career avg of about 4bb/9 to 2,5/9. I guess pitching in Houston and Comerica made him more agressive.

  • butter53

    Blake Parker has to be in the bullen over Grimm or Rondon

    • Ripsnorter1

      You would think so, but then…..think again.

      Last year he was on the bubble at one point, simply because he had an option left.
      And he was the best pitcher in the pen at the time.

      And think this way: I do not believe the Cubs’ management likes Parker very much.
      They don’t like his walks, and there may be other things as well.

      Me? I sure like the job he did for us. It was fine.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    whatever happened to Takahashi? Pitched a few games then injured…thought he would be back this year? Not that I think a 38 yr old guy is the answer to anything…just curious what happened with him.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    At least we have a Closer who has experience…..we just need to be ahead in the 8th inning to give Veras a chance to earn a Save.
    The Bullpen is looking much better then what we had last year…..Camp Bowden, Loe……
    Parker??????……….back to Iowa?
    Fujikawa ?????…….never to be seen again?
    Cabrera ??????……..trade bait?
    Villaunuva ??????….5th starter?

    • Ripsnorter1

      Villanueva 2013= 1-7 4.50 ERA in his starts.
      6-1 3.03 as a reliever.
      It ought to be a no-brainer: Keep him in the pen.

      Parker: might not make the team out of ST, although I would object if he doesn’t.
      Fujikawa: he makes the team because of his big contract. I thought they might let him
      close games. But then he may not be fully ready for ST, either. (See Baker, Scott. Also see
      Vizcaino, Arodys).

      Cabrera: won’t make the team. Out of options and released, probably.

      • Eugene Debs

        Yeah, you have to think Cabrera is as good as gone.

      • mutantbeast

        Agreed Rip. The mustaches career numbers suggest hes far better as a relief pitcher. Hes a one time through the order type.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Jose Veras….I like that he gives up fewer hits than IP. He’s given up 300 H in 377 IP.
      Fantastic! However, he walks too many: 194 BB in those same 377 IP.

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  • Hagsag

    Do the Cubbies have a wink and nod agreement with Scott Baker?

    • Tony_Hall

      My guess is they told him to shop around and see what the market has for him, wait for Tanaka to sign and then lets talk. Pretty normal for a guy in his situation. Unless a team guarantees him a rotation spot at decent money, he will wait it out.

      • mutantbeast

        Id like to see him back. Hes this years Feldman or Maholm if he returns, and Im betting he will likley put up fairly decent numbers. One thing to like about Baker is he doesnt walk many. Those type pitchers seem to succeed at Wrigley.

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