Tigers declining option on Veras

Downs, Tuiasosopo claimed off waivers

Author: Derick Hutchinson, ClickOnDetroit.com
Published On: Nov 01 2013 06:50:47 PM EDT
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The Tigers are declining their $3.25 million option on reliever Jose Veras.

Veras was acquired from Houston in a mid-season trade, finishing the season with a 3.02 ERA in 67 appearances with the Astros and Tigers.

The 33-year old was part of a bullpen that remained a problem in the Tigers' ALCS loss to the Boston Red Sox. Veras most notably surrendered the Shane Victorino grand slam that ultimately sent the team home for the season after game six.

The right-hander will receive a $150,000 buyout from Detroit.

Other Tigers transactions included relief pitcher Darin Downs, who was claimed off waivers by Houston, and outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo, claimed by Arizona.

Downs finished the 2013 season with a 4.84 ERA in 29 games while traveling between Detroit and the Toledo Mud Hens.

Tuiasosopo, who surprisingly won a position as a platoon outfielder out of spring training, hit .244 with seven home runs and 30 RBI before being left off the playoff roster. Though the 27-year old outfielder was productive through June, he recorded a .172 batting average in the final three months while striking out 37 times.

The Tigers also reinstated infielder Danny Worth, who was on the 60-day disabled list after suffering a left shoulder injury on September 6th. Worth appeared in just three games for Detroit in 2013.