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The Detroit Tigers made a perfect trade by acquiring Jose Veras from the Houston Astros yesterday. He fits the bill that was needed in every way imaginable, bolstering a bullpen that seems to be on the rebound. But are the Tigers done making moves?
One of the big questions lurking in the offices of Comerica Park right now is essentially: how much can we trust Phil Coke? As mentioned a few weeks ago, the Tigers not only needed to add a righty but also a lefty. Rumors persist that the Tigers and Giants, last year’s World Series combatants, are involved in ongoing discussions.
The most likely man being targeted by GM Dave Dombrowski is accomplished lefty Javier Lopez. The 36-year old Lopez, much like Veras, won’t be too pricy to acquire in terms of prospects. Veras required a talented A-ball player and another player yet to be named. Lopez’s package would be similar, if even less costly.
Detroit got a firsthand look at Lopez in pressure situations as he helped pilot the Giants to the title last fall. This year, Lopez has been spectacular. He is essentially a situational lefty brought on to face tough left-handed hitting. He has appeared in 45 games but has only pitched 25.1 innings.
His season long ERA sits at 1.42 and his WHIP at 1.18. He has a 27:10 K to walk ratio and would all but cement the fact that the Tigers bullpen is secure.
If Detroit can land Lopez you are now looking at a pen of Joaquin Benoit, Veras, Drew Smyly, Lopez, Bruce Rondon, Phil Coke, and Al Alburquerque. If the Tigers tire of Coke altogether then they would likely look to Luke Putkonen or Evan Reed to round out the 7-man unit.
However it shakes down, the structure of Jim Leyland’s pitching staff would be vastly improved beyond his top-shelf starting 5. There was never any doubt that Dombrowski wouldn’t let a wobbly bullpen be the reason that his team couldn’t bring home a championship.
Mission, nearly accomplished.
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It was always in the cards. It was just a matter of who, when, and how much.
Despite moving to a season high 13-games over .500 with a sweep of the woeful Philadelphia Phillies an ongoing saga that had occupied the Tigers-related rumor mill for much of the season was always, “What will the Detroit Tigers do to solve their bullpen inadequacies?”
On Monday morning an off-day...
DETROIT The Detroit Tigers have added a bullpen arm ahead of Wednesday's trade deadline.
The Tigers announced Monday that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Jose Veras from the Houston Astros in exchange for outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later.
"We are pleased to add an experienced arm to our bullpen," said David Dombrowski, Tigers president...
Jose Veras has been acquired from the Houston Astros for outfield prospect Danny Vasquez and journeyman PTBNL.
I don’t know much about him, but it seems like a no risk move. I don’t expect him to close, though I do think it’s reasonable to believe that he’ll be the setup guy.
I’m afraid this means that Octavio Dotel is done for the year.
I think the Tigers are done. I think...
The Detroit Tigers added some help for their shaky bullpen Monday, acquiring reliever Jose Veras from the Houston Astros for minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named.
Veras is 0-4 with a 2.93 ERA this season, and the 32-year-old right-hander has struck out 44 in 43 innings with only 14 walks.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski says the team is pleased...
The Tigers pulled the trigger on the deal everyone knew they wanted to make, acquiring RHP Jose Veras from the Astros to help solve their bullpen depth issues, in exchange for minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later.
The bullpen wheel of destiny has been spun by Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski, and it's landed on veteran Jose Veras of the Houston Astros. The Tigers have acquired Veras from the Astros in exchange for prospect Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later.
Relief pitching has been a bit of an issue for the Tigers this season after Bruce Rondon, the preseason favorite for...
The Detroit Tigers acquired Houston Astros closer Jose Veras on Monday, bolstering their bullpen just one day before the MLB trade deadline. The Tigers will send prospect Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later back to the Astros.
Veras had 19 saves in 22 chances for the Astros this season, while posting a 2.93 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. The 32-year-old reliever last pitched in the...
Dave Dombrowski, the general manager of the Detroit Tigers, found a good reliever in terms of value in Jose Veras, who they acquired from the Astros today for outfield prospect Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later.
Veras, a right-handed set-up man, will fit nicely into the Tigers back-end of the bullpen as a compliment to the left-handed Drew Smyly in front of closer...
J. Meric/Getty Images The Detroit Tigers have added an arm to their bullpen. On Monday the Tigers reached a deal with the Houston Astros for right hander Jose Veras. Veras , 32, has been one of few bright spots for the Astros this season [...]
The Detroit Tigers have obtained some help for the back end of the bullpen.
The Tigers have obtained Houston Astros closer Jose Veras for minor-league outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later.
"We are pleased to add an experienced arm to our bullpen" Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a release. "Jose can pitch in a variety of roles provides...
As Ken Rosenthal first reported, the Tigers have acquired Houston’s Jose Veras. In return the Astros are reported to get minor leaguer Danry Vasquez a 19-year old outfielder who is currently at Low-A West Michigan and a player to be named later.
Detroit Tigers’ bullpen
Jose Veras moves into a setup role for the Tigers with Joaquin Benoit remaining as closer. Veras loses all...
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Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees
Even though the trade sending Alfonso Soriano back to the Yankees for a TBD, low-level pitching prospect isn't done yet, he reportedly took a red-eye flight to New York on Thursday night, so let's assume the final details will be worked out this morning. Soriano figures to play left...
It’s bullpen upgrade day. A few hours after the Tigers added Jose Veras, the Braves got the lefty reliever they’ve been hunting for, landing Scott Downs from the Angels, and they got him for what amounts to a hill of beans.
Working against Downs’ value was his age (37), his contract (remainder of $5M salary), and his splits (basically a LOOGY at this point). Adding a couple...
Apparently the Tigers might not be done yet re-tooling their bullpen a day after acquiring Jose Veras from the Houston Astros.
According to various reports, including Mlive.com’s Chris Iott, the Tigers and Giants appear to be discussing a deal that would send lefty reliever Javier Lopez to the Motor City.
The report was also touched on by CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler and FOX...