The Houston Astros have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with veteran RHP Jose Veras, according to a club announcement. He will report to extended spring training in Kissimmee, Florida.
With this deal in place, Veras will make an attempt at making another appearance with the Astros, having previously been with them for half of 2013 and all of 2014. Jose struggled when he first joined the club, finding himself unable to keep the ball on the ground or away from hitters, due to the lack of mechanics that he has been working with for the past 12 seasons of his career.
Jose’s consistent struggles led the organization to many losses which resulted in second thoughts regarding his future with the club. In the end, a transaction had to be made, and the Detroit Tigers found themselves to be Jose’s new suitor where he spent the rest of 2013 as a closer and once again found his groove. Veras was able to keep it this way for the majority of 2014, having appeared on the mound in both the eighth and ninth innings of games, getting through them fairly quickly, resulting in much fewer runs given up to opposing hitters, keeping his ERA to a minimum.
Veras made his MLB debut with the New York Yankees back in 2006. Jose had a much better season with Houston in 2014, having become more comfortable with the dimensions surrounding Minute Maid Park. Veras posted a 3.03 ERA, with a record of 4-0 in 32.2 innings, having appeared in a total of 34 games.
Jose’s struggles were less consistent then in 2013, up until the mid-way point of 2014, where it came to a point of which the club placed him on release waivers. The Chicago Cubs picked him up at the season’s conclusion and brought him to spring training, where Jose made very few appearances, doing well in some, and struggling in others. Veras was not to the team’s Opening Day standards and was placed on release waivers once again.
After being released, Jose became a client of Praver/Shapiro Sports Management in hope of landing a new deal with a team that he would feel at home with and somehow wound up back in Houston.
Veras is expected to stick around in Kissimmee for the remainder of extended spring training before being sent to the club’s AAA affiliate where he is likely to appear in only a few games before rejoining the big league squad sometime in early July.
Veras, 34, is represented by Bryce Dixon. Veras owns a 3.91 ERA with a record of 23-23 for his career, having pitched in a total of 423.0 innings. Veras considers this deal a second chance to prove not only to himself, but to the Astros organization that he still has plenty left to offer in the back of the bullpen, leading the Astros back to their winning ways in 2015.