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Tigers decline Jose Veras’ option, making him a free agent

Nov 1, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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There aren’t many surprises among the season-ending option decisions, but this is one of them: Detroit declined its $3.25 million option on reliever Jose Veras, making him a free agent.

Veras pitched well as the Astros’ closer and then was traded to the Tigers in late July, finishing the season as a setup man. Overall he threw 63 innings with a 3.02 ERA and 60/22 K/BB ratio, and dating back to 2010 he has a 3.55 ERA and 272 strikeouts in 249 total innings.

Veras has consistently been a setup-caliber reliever and fared well when given a chance to close for the Astros, so $3.25 million was seemingly a very reasonable price tag.

  1. firstand98 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:24 PM


  2. themagicfanguy - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Didn’t he give up some big hits in the postseason? Maybe I’m thinking of someone else.

    • gerryb323 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      One little hanging curve and everybody gets all high and mighty!

      • sfp311 - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        No kidding! You have to wonder what Tigers management is thinking throwing hundreds of millions at Prince but thinking 3.25 mil is an overpay for a proven setup man.. One bad pitch and it’s like Papa Grande all over again

  3. philliesblow - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Good riddance.

  4. jplv1 - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    We don’t need him, we have Phil Coke lol!!

  5. snoopyz62 - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Not a huge loss. The bullpen is going to be a project all winter long to fix. We need a back end like Boston has, and Veras doesn’t fit that mold. He was a good filler for this year, but that’s about all. Besides, Dombrowski is going to need some of that money to keep Max Scherzer here. Who would you rather put that money towards?

  6. paint771 - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    That is weird. I’m not saying Detroit should have needed or wanted him even, but you’d think he’d be worth hanging on to if for no other reason than trade bait. One would think there’d be no shortage of teams willing to flirt with picking up his salary and throwing in some middling prospects or backup MLBers to boot for a proven $3.25 setup man.

  7. Eric Chase. - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    3.25 million doesn’t seem like much for dependability, which they need.

    Benoit FA
    Smyly, who knows.
    Al Al – no
    Reed – no
    Putkonen – no
    Alvarez – no
    Rondon – Elbow troubles, now THAT’S scary.

    Perhaps Corey Knebel will be a sensation, but that’s all they have in the pipeline.

    I’m all for saving $$$, esp in the bullpen, but this is Stl where they’ve got arms lined up (down actually) 75 to Toledo.

  8. moogro - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Aaron thought it through, the Tigers didn’t. Expect eventually someone worse than Vera, for more money.

  9. weaselpuppy - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Veras’ arm action looked very stressful on his braking balls. Looked like similar injury risk to Al-Al of 2011.

    Fully bully overhaul it looks like. Smyly to SP, trade Ricky, keep Al-Al and PutCokeIn. Rondon if healthy, but at lest 3 if not 4 new faces….

  10. maikoch - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:04 AM


  11. oldnimitz - Nov 2, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Tigers found out this year in the playoffs they need much more than just a Closer.

    The Starters pitched well, but the whole bullpen stunk it up and the hitting left them without much worth watching.

    Since then they lost a hell of a Manager. I’d say the ship is sinking fast!

    Great Starting Pitching is nice, but useless unless they all start throwing complete games – sorry showing my age there I’m afraid!

    It will be interesting to see who they hire as Manager and what direction he can take them – still a fan, even if this past year wasn’t what we all hoped for. Keep it up Max!

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