As if a weekend-series sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies wasn’t exciting enough, the Detroit Tigers‘ faithful received some more great news on Monday. Finally, an effective closer is heading to the Motor City as the Houston Astros have dealt Jose Veras to the Tigers in exchange for minor-league outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later.
With a 59-45 record, the Tigers have been playing great baseball and this acquisition only puts them further ahead of the second-place Cleveland Indians in the AL Central.
Veras may be unknown to the common baseball fan, yet his dominance for the Astros has been noticed by many. In fact, Houston reportedly fielded nearly a dozen offers for its closer and the Tigers just brought the most to the table. With a 2.93 ERA and 19 saves for the pitiful Astros in 2013 Veras has been on the of the best closers in the game, but his contract says otherwise.
Houston signed Veras this offseason to a one-year deal worth a measly $1.85 million and a club option worth $3.25 million in 2014. Therefore, if Veras performs well for Jim Leyland‘s Tigers this summer then Detroit could easily bring Veras back on the cheap.
However, there is some speculation in the Motor City as Veras isn’t exactly a proven closer– in 10 years at the MLB level Veras has just 20 saves to his name. Surely a mid-level minor leaguer is worth bringing Veras to town, but don’t peg him out to be some grizzled veteran who is used to shutting the door when it matters most.