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Astros sign Jose Veras

The Houston Astros have reached a one-year agreement with reliever Jose Veras.


The Houston Astros have reached a one-year, $2 million agreement with reliever Jose Veras, reports Enrique Rojas of ESPN:

Veras’ agreement is for one-year and $1.85 million, but it includes another $150,000 in "compensation" which brings the total to $2 million guaranteed, according to Rojas. The deal also includes a $3.25 million option for the 2014 season.

Veras spent the 2012 campaign with the Milwaukee Brewers. Over 72 appearances spanning 67 innings for the club he maintained an ERA of 3.63 with 10.6 strikeouts and 5.4 walks per nine innings. Milwaukee acquired Veras from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for infielder Casey McGehee last winter.

Veras has been a journeyman reliever for most of his career. After signing with the Astros the 32-year-old has now been with six clubs over the past five years, also including the Brewers, Pirates, Marlins, Indians and Yankees.

Over the past three seasons Veras has maintained an ERA of 3.73. The right-hander owns a career ERA of 4.01 with 9.4 strikeouts and 4.9 walks per nine innings over seven seasons at the major league level.