Found December 21, 2012 on MLB Buzz:
Right-hander Jose Veras has limited experience as a major-league closer — just five saves in 17 opportunities. But the Houston Astros, who signed Veras to a one-year, $2 million free-agent contract on Friday, plan to give him a chance to pitch in the ninth inning. Veras’ contract, in fact, includes a series of “games finished” clauses that would increase his earnings significantly if he becomes the 2013 version of Fernando Rodney. Such a development isn’t likely — Veras must prove that he can succeed in the role, and the Astros do not figure to be as good as the Tampa Bay Rays were last season. Still, as a closer, Veras would stand to earn not just his $1.85 million base salary in ’13, but also as much as $500,000 in incentives based on games finished. His deal also includes a $3.25 million club option or $150,000 buyout for ’14 — and the size of the option can increase to between $4 million and $5.5 million based on games finished, with Veras again eligible to receive $500,000 in i...
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The Houston Astros signed veteran right-handed reliever Jose Veras to a one-year contract Friday. The 32-year-old Veras was 5-4 in 72 relief appearances for Milwaukee in 2012 with a 3.63 ERA with 79 strikeouts and 61 hits in 67 innings. Veras has 151 appearances over the last two seasons, tied for second overall. Over the last three seasons, Veras has posted a 3.73 ERA in 199 appearances...
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