DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers on Monday announced the club had acquired righthanded pitcher Jose Veras from the Houston Astros in exchange for outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later.
"We are pleased to add an experienced arm to our bullpen," said David Dombrowski, Tigers' President, CEO, and General Manager "Jose can pitch in a variety of roles, provides depth in the bullpen, and complements the roles of Joaquin Benoit and Drew Smyly."
Veras, 32, has compiled an 0-4 record, 2.93 ERA (43.0IP/14ER) and 44 strikeouts in 42 relief outings with the Astros this season. Opponents are hitting .192 (29x151) against him this season, while he has issued 14 walks. He has posted a 0.00 ERA (8.0IP/0ER) and six strikeouts over his seven outings during the month of July.
Originally signed by Tampa Bay as a non-drafted free agent on January 19, 1998, Veras has seen action at the major league level with the Yankees (2006-09), Indians (2009), Marlins (2010), Pirates (2011), Brewers (2012) and Astros (2013). In parts of eight seasons at the major league level (2006-13), Veras has compiled a 19-21 record, 3.88 ERA (357.1IP/154ER) and 372 strikeouts. The 6-6, 242 lbs. right-hander is a native of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
Vasquez hit .281 (105x374) with 16 doubles, five triples, five home runs and 39 RBI in 96 games with Single A West Michigan.
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