Sep 27, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Jose Veras (31) delivers a pitch during the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Marlins won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs sign Jose Veras


The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a deal with free agent relief pitcher Jose Veras, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes.

Rojas reports the deal is worth $4 million over one year and has a club option for $5.5 million for 2015. Veras is expected to be the setup man behind closing pitcher Pedro Strop.

The Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros were also interested in Veras before he decided to sign with the Cubs.

Veras had very solid season for the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers in 2013. The 33-year old right handed pitcher saved 21 games, posted a 3.02 ERA, had a WHIP of 1.07 and struck out 60 batters in 62.2 innings.

Veras began his career with the New York Yankees in 2006 and has also pitched for the Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros.

Veras is most famously remembered for giving up the game-winning grand slam to Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino in game 6 of the American League Championship Series.

The Tigers had an option worth $3.25 million with Veras this year, but decided to decline the option, which was a bit of a surprise.

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