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Jose Veras | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/20/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 242
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Sunday that he hopes Jose Veras can eventually return to ninth-inning duties.
Veras has been bumped from the Cubs' closer job temporarily as he works through some early-season kinks. "We certainly want to make sure we give Jose a chance to get back into the role and try to find situations we can allow him to work," said Renteria. "We're going to do our very best that he gets into a comfort level." Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon, and Justin Grimm are forming a ninth-inning committee for now. Apr 21 - 9:40 AM
Source: Cubs.mlb.com

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Cubs manager Rick Renteria announced Saturday that Jose Veras is "out for now" as the Cubs closer.

After giving the veteran right-hander the dreaded vote of confidence after Friday's blown save, this is merely a formality. Renteria added that he'll see who emerges as a ninth inning option, but Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon should be viewed as the favorites.
Apr 12 - 12:36 PM

Cubs manager Rick Renteria gave closer Jose Veras a vote of confidence on Friday, saying "he's still our guy".

Renteria elaborated saying that it was too early to make a move just yet, and that he believes Veras's stuff is still there. While it's a nice sentiment, he's blown each of his two save chances thus far while posting a 12.27 ERA, 2.46 WHIP and 3/7 K/BB ratio over his 3 2/3 innings of work, and has also hit three batters. Fantasy owners speculating for saves should stash Pedro Strop or Hector Rondon, as one more blown opportunity could mean the end for Veras.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 12 - 9:45 AM

Jose Veras allowed two runs Friday against the Cardinals to blow his second save of the season.

Veras' shaky start to the season continues. He allowed a hit, a walk, and hit two batters. The first run scored on a passed ball and Matt Carpenter eventually tied things up with a sacrifice fly. Veras was able to get Kolten Wong to ground out to escape the jam, but it was an ugly appearance. He now has now allowed five runs on two hits and seven walks over 3 2/3 innings this season. Cubs manager Rick Renteria said after the game that he's sticking by Veras as his closer, but he needs to turn it around soon.
Apr 12 - 1:00 AM

Cubs manager Rick Renteria is not concerned with Jose Veras' early struggles.

Veras blew a save in his first appearance of the season last Wednesday against the Pirates and walked four batters and threw a wild pitch in two-thirds of an inning Sunday, but Renteria is optimistic that things will get better from here. "(Veras) has only thrown a couple of times for us and in the spring (nine appearances). It's very hard for me to say I am concerned at this point," said Renteria. "Would I have liked to have had it run a little cleaner for him? Absolutely. I think he does too. It was just a game that didn't work out the way he wanted to." Veras would likely need a few more bad appearances before a change is considered at closer, though we figure Pedro Strop will get another chance before the year is out.
Apr 8 - 8:55 AM

Jose Veras is not available to pitch on Thursday.

Veras threw 38 pitches in his blown save Wednesday against the Pirates. He's not yet in danger of losing his grip on the Cubs' ninth-inning gig, but a few more hiccups could force a change from manager Rick Renteria.
Apr 3 - 11:51 AM

Jose Veras blew a save after giving up a run in the 12th inning Wednesday against the Pirates.

The Cubs took a one-run lead on Anthony Rizzo's solo homer in the top of the inning, but Veras couldn't hold it. We like Pedro Strop as the Cubs' best reliever, but we don't see a closer switch coming anytime soon. For one thing, Veras isn't that bad and it really doesn't matter whether he pitches the ninth and Strop the eighth or vice versa. For another, the Cubs have financial incentive to keep things as they are.
Apr 3 - 1:30 AM

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Thursday that Jose Veras "looks like he’s going to be our closer."

The was the assumption when he was signed to a $4 million deal in December, but this is the first time Renteria or any of the Cubs' brass confirmed it. Pedro Strop will work in a setup role and could close down the line if Veras is traded, but for now the gig belongs to the 33-year-old. Veras held a 3.02 ERA with 21 saves and a 60/22 K/BB ratio over 62 2/3 innings for the Astros and Tigers last season.
Feb 14 - 9:22 AM

Cubs signed RHP Jose Veras to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported news of the agreement, which also includes a $5.5 million option for 2015. Veras is coming off a 3.02 ERA, 21 saves and a 60/22 K/BB ratio over 62 2/3 innings between the Astros and Tigers this past season. While he could become trade bait next summer, he should begin the year in the closer role.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 03:02:00 PM

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Cubs have agreed to terms with Jose Veras on a one-year, $4 million contract.

The deal also includes a $5.5 million option for 2015. With no others in their bullpen possessing extensive closer experience, the Cubs will use Veras in the ninth inning until Pedro Strop is ready. The 33-year-old reliever posted a 3.02 ERA while striking out a batter per frame for the Astros and Tigers this past season while converting 21 of 25 save chances.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 06:11:00 PM

Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that Jose Veras has turned down an offer from the Astros.

The two sides are still negotiating. Veras enjoyed success in the closer role with the Astros this past season before being traded to the Tigers in late July. If brought back to Houston, he would presumably get save chances once again.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 05:31:00 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Astros are interested in bringing back Jose Veras.

Veras, of course, was the club's closer last season before being dealt to the Tigers at the trade deadline. If they get him back, it might again be as a half-season rental before he's shipped somewhere else. Stark notes that Veras is just one of the many names on the Astros' list as they look for "a reliever who can potentially close."
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 06:38:00 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich reports that the Astros are open to bringing back Jose Veras.

Drellich also notes that the interest is mutual. The Astros wouldn't mind giving Josh Fields a shot to run with their closer job next season, but they also are open to having a reunion with Veras and then possibly trading him again at the deadline. Veras posted a 3.02 ERA while striking out a batter per frame for the Astros and Tigers this season. He recorded 21 saves in 25 chances.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 11:39:00 PM

The Rockies are pursuing free agent relievers Jose Veras and Joe Smith, according to the Denver Post.

In addition to those targets, Colorado has also made signing free agent Carlos Ruiz an offseason priority, and they will offer him a multi-year contract this week, according to Troy Renck of the Post. The Rockies must improve their porous bullpen, and the side-armer Smith is a nice fit due to his groundball-inducing ways. Veras logged a 3.02 ERA last season and comes equipped with a mid-90s fastball. The Rockies have made identifying and acquiring power arms another offseason priority.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 10:29:00 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the 2014 club option on Jose Veras that the Tigers declined on Friday was actually for $4 million as opposed to the $3.25 million that had previously been reported.

The option increased to $4 million due to an escalator clause in his contract that was activated once he reached 45 games finished. While not a tremendous difference, it gives a little more credence to what was a surprising move by the Tigers. Veras should have no difficulty securing a setup role this Winter.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 12:38:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Darwin Barney
2Emilio Bonifacio
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Mike Olt
2Luis Valbuena
LF1Junior Lake
CF1Ryan Sweeney
RF1Nate Schierholtz
2Justin Ruggiano
3Ryan Kalish
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jeff Samardzija
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Jake Arrieta
5Jason Hammel
6Carlos Villanueva
7James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jose Veras
2Pedro Strop
3James Russell
4Wesley Wright
5Hector Rondon
6Kyuji Fujikawa
7Justin Grimm
8Blake Parker