In failed Chicago Cubs closer news, the Houston Astros have reportedly signed Jose Veras to a minor league deal and will send him to Kissimmee. Veras was cut by the Cubs on Tuesday after being designated for assignment.
Veras signed with Chicago this offseason on a one-year deal worth $4 million (plus a 2015 option the club had to buy out for $150,000 when they cut him). Veras was installed as closer out of spring training and proceeded to post an 8.10 ERA in 12 appearances with 0 saves.
Rick Renteria removed him as closer on April 12 and eventually handed those duties over to Hector Rondon, who was solid in the role until coming down with elbow trouble.
Veras fought through his own injury issues and looked to be on his way back to at least fill a set-up role in the Cubs pen when the team DFA’d him.
Houston actually tried signing Veras in the offseason before being out-bid by the Cubs. He gave the Astros 19 saves in 2013 before they dealt him to Detroit, and now Houston has him back. Funny how it sometimes all works out.
Unless you’re the Cubs. Then it never works out.