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When Jose Veras was looking for a team to sign with, the right-hander says he wasn’t that concerned about being the closer.
“I’m the kind of guy who was just looking to find a job and be somewhere and do my best,” said Veras, who signed a free agent deal with the Cubs on Dec. 27 and will be their closer this season.
“I don’t think in my mind that I’ve got a spot or got a place [on the team],” he said. “I think I’m here and any position, any moment that they need me, give my best, make the team win ballgames and that’s my goal. That’s what I worry about. I don’t worry about being setup, closer, long reliever, whatever they need from me, I’ll be there.”
The right-hander was the Astros closer at the start of last season, then traded to the Tigers where he was used as a set-up pitcher. In 25 games with Detroit, he posted a 3.20 ERA.
Veras did like the idea of joining the Cubs. To him, the team has some special history.
“Being with the Cubs is something you can’t explain,” Veras said. “A lot of good players passed through here — Greg Maddux, [Ryne] Sandberg, the second baseman, Sammy Sosa, [Alfonso] Soriano, Aramis Ramirez. It’s unbelievable to wear this uniform. For me, it’s one of my best steps in baseball, to be with a glory team like this.”
Keep in mind, Veras has pitched for the Yankees, Indians, Marlins, Pirates, and Brewers as well as the Astros and Tigers.
“I see the history, I know how they are,” he said of the Cubs. “So far, it’s a team that gives a lot of opportunity to people who they trust can do something. That’s the best part of baseball, when you find people who trust you can do something.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs now have a bonafide closer. On Friday, the Cubs announced they have signed right-hander Jose Veras to a one-year, $3.85 million contract with a club option for 2015. There is a $150,000 buyout for 2015.
The Cubs did not chose to keep free agent Kevin Gregg after he saved 33 games last season, taking over for Carlos Marmol, who was traded to the Dodgers, and Kyuji Fujikawa, who needed Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
Veras, 33, combined to go 0-5 with 21 saves and a 3.02 ERA in 67 relief appearances between the Astros and Tigers last season. He struck out 60 and walked 22 over 62 2/3 innings, and compiled a .199 opponents batting average against. The right-hander began the season with Houston and posted a 2.93 ERA and 19 saves in 42 outings before he was traded to Detroit, where he made nine appearances and helped the Tigers reach the postseason.
In 2011, Veras ranked fifth in the National League with 27 holds in a career-high 79 appearances. He also was a member of the 2013 World Baseball Classic Dominican Republic club. Since the start of the 2011 season, he is tied for fifth in the Major Leagues with 218 appearances.
His contract with the Cubs includes incentives for an additional $750,000 based on games finished.
The Cubs’ bullpen is definitely stronger with Veras at the end. He joins lefty relievers James Russell, Wesley Wright and Zac Rosscup and right-handers Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon, Blake Parker, and Arodys Vizcaino.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs have reportedly signed veteran right-handed reliever Jose Veras to a one-year, $4 million contract with a $5.5 million option for 2015. ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas first reported the deal Tuesday, saying it included several incentives. The Cubs would not confirm the deal.
Veras, 33, has pitched for the Yankees, Indians, Marlins, Pirates, Brewers, Astros and Tigers, and compiled a 3.84 ERA with 26 saves in 42 opportunities. Last season, the right-hander totaled a career-high 21 saves in 25 opportunities with the Astros and Tigers combined. He was Houston’s closer before being dealt to Detroit in July for two players. Veras was used more in a set-up role with the Tigers.
The Cubs are in the market for a closer and Veras could compete for that job or provide more experience in the bullpen. Detroit turned down a $4 million option on the right-hander.
– Carrie Muskat