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Cubs release Jose Veras

Jun 10, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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As expected, no other teams claimed Jose Veras and the remainder of his $4 million contract off waivers after the Cubs designated him for assignment last week and the 33-year-old reliever has been released.

Veras was signed as a free agent this offseason to take over as the Cubs’ closer, but instead he saved zero games with an 8.10 ERA in 13 innings before being dropped from the roster.

Veras was very effective for the Astros and Tigers last season, posting a 3.02 ERA and 60/22 K/BB ratio in 63 innings, and in general has been a setup-caliber reliever with a 3.55 ERA in 249 innings from 2010-2013. Now that he’s available for the minimum salary while the Cubs cover the rest of his contract quite a few teams figure to be interested in adding Veras as bullpen depth.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Alas! Some signings just do not work out. Hindsight is wonderful, but based on what he did last season, it looked OK at the time.

    • tuberippin - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Worked out about as well as the Kyuji Fujikawa signing the year before. Or the Kevin Gregg signing, for that matter. Cubs just can’t find a closer.

  2. metalhead65 - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    not to worry although he is not an ex card he is still washed up over paid and that screams a walt jocketty type player. besides they need another washed up over paid cub to go with shawn marshall. next stop for veras will the Cincinnati Reds.

    • jwbiii - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Maybe so, but the Cubs will be picking up all but the minimum, so the Reds won’t be overpaying him.

  3. auggie1955 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    With the way he has pitched this season any GM that picks Veras up should have his head examined. He has been nothing short of horrific and it wasn’t until all the young RP like Ramirez, Grimm and Rondon were pitching great that Veras was DFA. Veras has absolutely no control and is useless.

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