Originally written July 29, 2013 on Tigers Weblog:
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 backup plan at SS is Santiago or maybe Perez. If Peralta is suspended, he’ll have the opportunity to appeal and perhaps play out the rest of the season (or serve it now and back for the playoffs). Remember that Peralta is a FA, which means that if he does appeal, he’ll go into FA with a suspension looming. Maybe time to re-sign him to another year?
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