Weekly Wrap-Up: April 7th – April 13th

Welcome to the Weekly Wrap-up, a column dedicated to the latest transactions, rumors, and performances from around the league.  Centrally focused on providing insight and analysis on the latest happenings, this weekly article is geared towards delivering a concise report on the news from the past seven days. Without further ado, here’s your Monday morning breakfast reading material...
Via Batting Leadoff
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Veras loses closing role with Cubs

Chicago Cubs’ right-hander Jose Veras now joins Jim Johnson of the Oakland Athletics as the only two relievers to lose their closing job with their respective clubs this seasonThe news was announced today by Cubs’ manager Rick Renteria, saying that Veras is out of closer role for now, following Friday’s 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals that had to go to extras because...
Via The MLB Nation
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Veras out as Cubs Closer

First year Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria is pushing his buttons with Jose Veras. “Shaky outing, but he’s still our guy. It’s too early to decide anything like that,” Renteria said Friday night. “His stuff is there, but I think he just gets a little excited. He starts pulling some pitches. He overthrows pitches. He just has to find his rhythm.” After sleeping on it...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Veras Out as Cubs Closer

Some will argue this is why you have to draft Craig Kimbrel or Glen Perkins, but this is exactly why we don't value closers in the draft. The Chicago Cubs have removed Jose Veras from the closer role after blowing 2 saves. Candidates to save games in his place include Hector Rondon, Justin Grimm and Pedro Strop. Rondon pitched a perfect 11th inning for his first career...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Renteria says Cubs are sticking with Veras as closer

This is where Carlos Zambrano once went off on his “We stinks!” rant after watching another Carlos Marmol meltdown. Strange things happen to the Cubs at Busch Stadium, and right now Jose Veras looks lost out there in the ninth inning. Still, manager Rick Renteria gave his closer a vote of confidence after Friday night’s 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in 11 innings....
Via Pro Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs try to give the game away but Cards refuse to take it

ST. LOUIS -- It's good that the Cardinals don't have to wait long to play again. They'll want to forget Friday night's 6-3 loss to the Cubs at Busch Stadium as quickly as possible. It was that wrenching. The Cubs tried to give the game to the Cardinals when their closer, Jose Veras, blew a 3-1 lead in the ninth even though he allowed only one hit. But he also walked...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Thank You Mike Matheny

You know, even the best managers are capable of making bonehead mistakes with the game on the line. Rick Renteria put Jose Veras in to pitch the ninth which forced extra innings. Bad move Ricky, bad move. But Mike Matheny single handedly lost that game for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 10th inning. With two outs and the winning run at second base, Matheny chose to let his closer...
Via World Series Dreaming
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Renteria backs Veras as Cubs closer and gets first ejection

Jose Veras is already raising the stress levels for Cubs fans and forcing his manager to answers questions about the closer’s job. “I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it,” Renteria said. “But right now, I think it would be really premature for me to make a decision or say that I would change something. I got to see what’s going to happen first.” Renteria didn...
Via Pro Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Too-Soon Update

With the first 6 of the All-Pennsylvania Cup over, I thought I’d look at some stats to see where the Cubs stand so far. Some caveats: it’s still crazily early to draw any real conclusions about the season. For one thing, there is no real interconnectivity. For instance, to connect Miami and the Cubs, you have to follow this loop: Miami played Colorado, who played Kansas City...
Via Obstructed View
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Thurs Funnies: What to do when the Cubs take a lead in extra innings of a night game

You know what I did last night?Went to bed happy.Slept like a baby, too.Why?Because in the top of the 12th, as soon as the Cubs took the lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates...the second Anthony Rizzo hit that absolutely gorgeous, stunning homer deep into the right field bleachers...I reached for my wallet and pulled out my shiny new Cubs Take A Lead In An Extra Inning Night Game Go...
Via Cub Reporter
15 days ago  |  Discuss

When it comes to trade deadline, this year’s different for Astros

At both trade deadlines during general manager Jeff Luhnow’s tenure, the Astros may as well have posted an open-for-business sign at Minute Maid Park: “Have parts, will sell.” The shop might only have part-time hours this summer. In 2014, Luhnow plans to be more reserved when it comes to trading veterans for prospects. For one, he needs to keep fans interested and see improvement...
Via Pro Sports Daily
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs setting roster with Jose Veras as closer

The Cubs have been saying it: Jose Veras is our closer. It’s too early for a ninth-inning controversy, though a National League scout covering the Cubs mentioned how Veras hasn’t looked like closer material this spring, giving up seven runs and 11 hits in eight innings, walking two batters and hitting three more. And remember how Dale Sveum pulled Carlos Marmol in the ninth...
Via Pro Sports Daily
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Send 5 to minor league camp

Last season, the bullpen was far from a strength for the Houston Astros. This was especially true early in the season. To call the bullpen a revolving door in April and May would have been an understatement. This off-season Jeff Luhnow made improving the bullpen a priority, and we can already see the fruits of his labor. The Astros announced five roster moves this morning, three...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Fields looking to make his mark on the back of the Astros’ bullpen

The six save opportunities righthander Josh Fields pitched in last year were more than any Astros pitcher besides Jose Veras. No longer a kid at age 28, Fields is not a hard-thrower who only came into closing recently because of, say, an aborted attempt at starting. He was dominant as the stopper at the University of Georgia, where he set the SEC record for saves (41) and earned...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Cubs: PECOTA Pitchers

Baseball Prospectus has come out with their annual PECOTA projections and today we'll take a look at the Cubs pitchers. For what it's worth, the depth chart over there has them projected for 5th in the NL Central with 71 wins. Only one team is projected to be worse in the National League (69 wins): the Miami Marlins. I'm fairly sure that 71 wins is pretty close to any...
Via Obstructed View
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Small offseason moves adding up BIG for Chicago Cubs

Critics might argue that if the Chicago Cubs’ offseason were a tree falling in an unpopulated forest it would not make a sound.  The Cubs have not made a major splash in free agency like the Seattle Mariners did when they signed former Yankees second baseman  Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million contract; or the Yankees did when they penned former Braves catcher Brian McCann...
Via The Sports Bank
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Veras, Sanchez and Wada sign to the Cubs

Jose Veras the former closer for the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers has signed a deal with the Chicago Cubs. Veras was traded mid-season last year to the Tigers and had a small role in Detroit’s playoff run. Veras played for the Yankees, Indians, Marlins, Pirates, and Brewers before joining the Astros in 2012. He was then traded to Detroit for Danry Vasquez near the deadline...
December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Better Know a Cub: Jose Veras

As GW astutely pointed out, the 2014 Cubs are headhunting directly from the 2013 Astros bullpen. On the surface, that sounds terrible. In practice, the Cubs have poached the only two good members of that pen, for a collective $5 million and change. $4 million of that this year will go to Jose Veras, the "closer" of the Astros last season (one openly wonders if having 51...
Via Obstructed View
December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs sign Veras, Dec. 15-17 Cubs Recap

The Cuba added relief pitcher Jose Veras who could close for Chicago in 2014 as the North SIders bolstered their bullpen with another arm this winter.
December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Reliever Veras agrees to one-year deal with Cubs

The Chicago Cubs say they have agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Jose Veras that includes a club option for 2015. The deal was announced on Friday. Veras is due $3.85 million next season, and the Cubs have a $5.5 million option for 2015 with a $150,000 buyout. He can make an additional $750,000 annually in performance bonuses based on games finished. Veras was 0-5 with...
Via AP on Fox
December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs, closer Jose Veras near agreement on $4M contract

A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs and reliever Jose Veras were closing in on a $4 million, one-year contract. The person spoke Tuesday on the condition of anonymity because the deal with the 33-year-old right-hander was pending a physical. Veras would get $3.85 million next season, and the Cubs have a $5.5 million option for 2014 with a $150,000 buyout...
Via AP on Fox
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs sign reliever Jose Veras

getty images The Chicago Cubs have signed relief pitcher Jose Veras to a one-year deal. Veras, 33, split the 2013 season between the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers. The deal between the right handed Veras and the Cubs calls for him to earn $4 million in 2014 with an option for 2015 worth $5.5 million. source: José Veras and #Cubs agree one year $4 million...
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Bolstering bullpen a tricky proposition for Astros

Both the Astros and former closer Jose Veras are open to the idea of a Minute Maid Park reunion, although there haven’t been any talks with the 33-year-old free agent yet. Even if that fire’s not rekindled, the Astros want relief help. They had the majors’ worst bullpen last season by most any metric, including ERA (4.92). A brand-name closer or someone who’s simply done...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Colorado interested in relievers Joe Smith, Jose Veras and catcher Carlos Ruiz

Following the return of Matt Belisle, the Rockies have interest in free agents Joe Smith and Jose Veras as they look to improve a bullpen that owned the National League's worst ERA last season. They also continue pursing free-agent catcher Carlos Ruiz, who has several suitors, including the Philadelphia Phillies. The Rockies, interested in upgrading their defense and getting...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Free Agent Pass or Play: Joe Smith

It’s time – we are now beyond the start of Free Agency at 12:01 AM November 5. We at Phillies Nation will take a look at a players, mostly outfielders, catchers, starting pitchers, and relievers, who the Phillies may target this offseason. We will explore potential performance, fit, cost, and feasibility. We continue today with right-handed, side-arming reliever Joe Smith. And...
Via Phillies Nation
November 05, 2013  |  Discuss

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