After an attempt to make the big league roster as a non-roster invitee this spring training, veteran reliever Jose Veras was released by the Atlanta Braves on Thursday morning, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
#Braves released veteran reliever Jose Veras, a non-roster invitee to spring training.
— David O’Brien (@DOBrienAJC) March 19, 2015
The 34-year old had a rough start to the 2014 season, as he lost his job as the Chicago Cubs’ closer after just 12 outings. After being released by the Cubs, Veras signed with the Houston Astros and was able to turn his season around, posting a 3.03 ERA in 34 appearances with the club.
This spring, Veras saw similar struggles as he had in the early part of the 2014 season. In his 6 games for the Braves, the veteran reliever allowed 7 runs on 8 hits in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Walks were also an issue for Veras, who walked 7 batters throughout his 6 appearances.
With Veras’ rough start to spring training, the move makes sense for the Braves. Veras was listed as an Article XX (B) free agent, so if he didn’t make the Opening Day roster, the Braves would have been forced to pay a $100K retention bonus to keep him within the organization. By releasing him now, the Braves don’t have to worry about whether or not they want to pay him the bonus or not.
As many teams look to add bullpen depth, Veras should at least get some consideration by multiple organizations. His past numbers should earn him a chance with another organization on at least a minor-league deal, and with multiple teams looking for much needed bullpen depth, it is likely that teams will look past his spring training struggles and early 2014 struggles to give him a chance to win a job with their club.