Cubs sign a Veras

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 Joseveras

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.

28 thoughts on “Cubs sign a Veras

  1. gravedigger says:

    I’m just going to leave the troll baiting in the quote alone. :)

  2. juliedicaro says:

    And, if Tanaka is posted, how do you convince him to come to the North Side and lose until 2016?

    1. Doc Blume says:

      Until 2016?

      Try until 2074.

      And you lure him to Chicago with bison dogs. Japanese pitchers love bison dogs.

    2. cfcarrico says:

      With a butt load of money, Julie….Money talks…….

  3. Doc Blume says:

    I’m sorry, but Wesley is just not a good baseball name. That guy should be playing cricket…or polo.

  4. johnnywest333 says:

    Do Japanese players like Old Style?

    1. Doc Blume says:

      No one likes Old Style…not even the idiots who are complaining about the Cubs dropping them as a sponsor.

      1. NotAgain says:

        Early August… lakefront temp 91F, 85% humidity, no lake breeze… 6th inning and Cubs down by 8 runs and 18 games out of first place… You tell me what will make it ALL go away (or at least not matter as much) better/faster than an ice-cold draft Old Style. You, sir, are the idiot.

        1. Doc Blume says:

          Sorry…I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, if Old Style is so important to Cubs fans, why don’t they buy it at Cubs games? You can talk to any beer vendor at Wrigley and they will all tell you that Old Style doesn’t sell. The vendors with the most experience all want to sell Budweiser (or more specifically, Bud Light). The Budweiser vendors easily out number the Old Style vendors by a ratio of over 2 to 1.

          The Cubs have, since the Ricketts family bought the team, have been trying to dump Old Style in favor of something more popular.

          People need to shut up about the whole Old Style thing because they really don’t know what they are talking about…either that, or they are being hypocrites.

          1. dabirdguy says:

            Ahh yes, we must ALL march to ONE drummer. Conformity or die!

            1. Doc Blume says:

              It has nothing to do with saying we all march to one drummer…it seems like Cubs fans are doing that voluntarily.

          2. NotAgain says:

            I was being somewhat tongue-in-cheek but I do like draft Old Style. I’ll drink Bud too, on a hot day, but Bud LIght is pure evil.

  5. cubbydon says:

    I like Old Style. But then again, I have no taste.

  6. gravedigger says:

    I don’t have anything to say about the Cubs so I’ll just say how extraordinarily nervous the Bears are making me right now.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      Me too. If we wind up in a Week 17 showdown with the Pack for the NFC North, I will die.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        I’m really looking forward to seeing the Bears either get beat again by the Packers in a meaningful game….or getting slaughtered in the first week of the playoffs. Ugh.

  7. johnnywest333 says:

    When did everyone start getting mean on here?

      1. Doc Blume says:

        So have I.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The last few days I stumble in here, I feel like I’m reading the L.A. Times comments section…

    1. juliedicaro says:

      As a rule, I don’t read comment sections, but I can only imagine how insufferable that must be.

    2. NotAgain says:

      I think because of the very shitty last couple of seasons and how long it is until pitchers and catchers report for ST, combined with how dead we all know this off-season will be acquisition-wise, everyone’s very pissy in general… At least, those are MY excuses.

      1. gravedigger says:

        Mine is that I don’t like bigotry.

        1. Doc Blume says:

          And mine is that I don’t like stupidity.

          1. gravedigger says:

            I need to find a new like button.

            1. Doc Blume says:


  9. johnnywest333 says:

    Sources say that Tanaka will accept the 7.7 million dollar offer that The Rakuten Golden Eagles have made to him. He made a statement earlier in the week that if the team did not decide to post hime then the professional thing to do would be to go back and play for them.

  10. sloanpeterson2 says:

    And the $7.7 million is still a good salary for one year…

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