Feb 27, 2014; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs Jose Veras (41) throws to the Arizona Diamondbacks during their spring training baseball game at HoHoKam Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Chicago Cubs want Jose Veras to return as closer


The Chicago Cubs don’t get a lot of save chances, but what few they get, they want to go to Jose Veras.

Veras of course put a wrench into that idea thanks to early season struggles which saw him demoted from the closer position, but it’s a role the franchise wants to see him regain.

The Cubs have not had a save situation in six games since Jose Veras lost his job as the closer, and in a perfect world, manager Rick Renteria would like to see the right-hander back in that role.

Nobody knows who currently owns the closer role with the Cubs given they’ve had no opportunities since Veras’ demotion, but it’s believed that Pedro Strop leads a committee which also includes Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm as potential suitors.

Still, Veras brings with him potential trade value and the Cubs aren’t likely to get much in return if he’s pitching in the sixth and seventh innings as opposing teams in need of bullpen relief want a ‘closer’ in return.

It sounds as if Veras will get another opportunity to close games for the Cubs, it’s just a matter of when.

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