According to ESPNdeportes.com’s Enrique Rojas, a source told him the deal is for one year and worth $4 million. The deal includes a $5.5 million option for 2015.
Source confirms ESPN Deportes report: Cubs have one-year, $4 million deal w/Jose Veras. $5.5 million option + incentives, pending physical.
— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) December 17, 2013
Veras, 33, has been in the major leagues for seven years now and has pitched for seven different teams. Chicago will be Veras’ eighth stop in his career. He has spent most of his career in middle relief, but could challenge for the Cubs’ closer role. He carries a 3.84 ERA in his career with 388 strikeouts. Veras has also recorded 26 saves over that time.
He spent last year with the Astros and the Tigers.
He recorded 19 saves for Houston and held a 2.93 ERA. With Detroit, he recorded nine saves and a 3.20 ERA.
This is a player that will add some maturity to this bullpen. Veras has been around the block once or twice and he knows what is expected of him when he takes the mound. Cub fans should be pleased with this signing. I know it’s not a big name, but he’ll get the job done when he’s needed.