The Detroit Tigers have declined the option of relief pitcher Jose Veras, which means he will be a free agent this offseason. Considering the Milwaukee Brewers will be looking for ways to improve the bullpen, should the organization consider signing Veras to a one-year deal?
Veras is someone that definitely would help improve the bullpen going forward. However, his age and the fact that he will require $3-4 million for a one-year contract could be enough reason for the Brewers to stay way. On the other hand, Milwaukee’s stellar bullpen could use one more late-inning pitcher to solidify themselves as the best in the National League.
The bullpen ranked third in the NL with a 3.19 earned run average, sixth with a .242 opponent batting average and eighth with 450 strikeouts. With that being said, the relievers were responsible for 28 losses and 23 blown saves in 63 opportunities. That means the addition of a veteran arm could be exactly what the bullpen needs to get over the hump.
Veras did play for the Brewers in 2012 in which he posted a 5-4 record with a 3.63 ERA and 11 holds in 72 appearances. Obviously, the numbers were not breathtaking but his performance definitely got the job done more often than not.
The 33-year-old continued to pitch well in 2013. His numbers with the Houston Astros were not fantastic, but he was definitely an asset for the Tigers in the second half of the season.
Veras posted a 0-1 record with 16 strikeouts, two saves and nine holds in 25 appearances with the Tigers. Veras did a decent job in the postseason, but like the other relievers on the team, was responsible for the strings coming undone when it mattered most. He surrendered two earned runs and struck out nine batters in six appearances in the playoffs.
There is no question the Brewers will be looking for cheap ways to tweak the roster for next year. Veras is someone the organization should look into in order to make an easy improvement for a reasonable price.