The Astros announced on twitter that they have resigned RHP Jose Veras.
The #Astros have signed RHP Jose Veras to a minor league contract. He will report to the Astros Extended Spring Training in Kissimmee, Fla.— #VoteAstros (@astros) May 15, 2015
Veras is not new to the Astros organization, as this is his third stint with the team. In his first season in 2013, Veras pitched to the tune of a 2.93 ERA, 3.40 FIP, and a SIERA of 2.94. With the Astros out of contention, he was a hot commodity and was sent to the Tigers before the trade deadline.
Despite pitching well, the Tigers exercised their buy-out, and Veras became a free agent. In 2014, he signed on with the Cubs, but after struggling for a couple months, was traded back to the Astros where he posted a 3.03 ERA an FIP of 3.93 and a SIERA of 3.27 for the remainder of the season.
In his career, Veras has a K/9 of 9.32, but a walk rate of 4.70. While he's consistently been able to strike batters out, he's also had significant control problems. Even with Veras' history with the Astros, that doesn't guarantee him a spot on the roster. Their bullpen has an ERA of 2.13, and according to fWAR has been the fourth most valuable group in baseball. Veras will have to earn a spot on the team, and will start in extended spring training soon.