Cubs sign pitcher Jose Veras
December 27, 2013 2:00PM
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 22: Jose Veras #41 of the Houston Astros reacts after the Astros win against the Chicago Cubs on June 22, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Houston Astros defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-3. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
The Cubs and right-handed pitcher Jose Veras have agreed to terms on a 2014 contract with a club option for the 2015 campaign, the team announced on Friday.
Veras, 33, combined to go 0-5 with 21 saves and a 3.02 ERA in 67 relief appearances between Houston and Detroit last season. The righthander struck out 60 batters and walked only 22 in 62.2 innings pitched to go along with a 1.07 WHIP and a .199 opponents batting average against.
The 6-foot-6, 242-pound Veras enjoyed a breakout campaign with Pittsburgh in 2011 when he ranked fifth in the National League with 27 holds in a career-best 79 appearances. Veras went 5-4 with one save, 11 holds and a 3.63 ERA in 72 outings for Milwaukee in 2012 before serving primarily as a closer with Houston and set-up man with Detroit in 2013. He was also a member of the 2013 World Baseball Classic Dominican Republic club. Since the start of the 2011 campaign, Veras is tied for fifth in the majors with 218 appearances.
Overall in all or part of eight major league seasons, Veras has gone 19-22 with 84 holds, 26 saves and a 3.84 ERA in 394 appearances, all in relief. He has averaged more than a strikeout per inning pitched in his career and limited foes to a .216 batting average against, including a comparable .214 mark by right-handed hitters and a .218 mark by left-handed hitters.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.