In case you had a fainting spell because you read that headline too quickly, no, the Chicago Cubs did not agree to contract terms with Dave Veres. The player they agreed journeyman reliever Jose Veras. Maybe you’re like me and would like to know more about Jose.
The Cubs reached an agreement with Veras on a one-year, $4 million deal that contains a $5.5 million option for 2015, plus incentives, a club source confirmed Tuesday.
Veras — who still has to complete the physical — saved 19 games for the Houston Astros last season before getting traded to the Detroit Tigers and moved back into more of a set-up role. Combined, he went 0-5 with a 3.02 ERA and 60 strikeouts and 22 walks in 62.2 innings. He was also part of the Dominican Republic team that won the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
What it looks like is the Cubs adding another pitcher to the mix to compete for the closer spot next season. Veras is super excited to be coming to Chicago.
“There’s a lot of good talent, good guys on that team,” Veras said. “Hopefully, we’ll see it’s going to be good. Maybe it’s the same situation as Houston with the Latin guys being young guys who had a lot of talent. I still have to do my job anyway.”
While the Cubs had no comment on the Veras signing (probably pending a physical), the signing of Wesley Wright was made official yesterday.
The Cubs and left-handed pitcher Wesley Wright officially agreed to terms on one-year, $1.425 million contract. The deal was first reported Dec. 4, but the free agent pitcher needed to undergo a physical before it was finalized. Wright, 28, who was non-tendered by the Rays, is under team control for 2015.
Finally, MLB and NPB have agreed on a new posting system. It’s the $20 million maximum bid system, allowing any team who bids that much to negotiate with the player. That means we should know soon whether or not Masahiro Tanaka will be posted. Will the Cubs be in on Tanaka?
Privately, team sources have doubts but still acknowledge Tanaka would be a great fit as a long-term piece on the North Side. The right-hander went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last season and saved Game 7 in Japan’s version of the World Series.
Of course, that all supposes the Golden Eagles will even post Tanaka.