2014 free agent primer: relief pitchers

We end the free agent primer series with a look at possibly the most overpaid market in baseball today – relief pitchers. A top-tier reliever can make more money than a back-end starter, despite 70 innings a year being considered “a heavy workload”. This winter will be no exception, as there are some relievers out there that seem like they’re going to be getting a lot of...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Bonilla wins again as Texas beats Astros 5-1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Lisalverto Bonilla became the first pitcher in Texas Rangers history to win his first three career starts with a 5-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. Bonilla (3-0), promoted Sept. 2 from Triple-A Round Rock, allowed four hits and struck out seven in six scoreless innings. His wins all have come during a stretch when the Rangers have won 11...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Did You Even Realize This Once Important Milestone Was Approaching?

The first MLB game I ever covered live was on June 24th, 2011. I was going up to cover the debut of Chase d’Arnaud, back when he was one of the top prospects in the system. There was also the chance to cover a Pirates team that looked like they might be contenders, flirting around .500 in a weak division. I remember the game well, not because of d’Arnaud’s debut, but because...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History: September 11, 2009

2009: Two outfield assists from David DeJesus and Miguel Olivo’s 12th-inning home run gave the Royals a 2-1 victory over the Indians at Jacobs Field in Cleveland.Olivo’s home run, his 19th of the season, came with one out in the inning off Indians reliever Jose Veras. It broke a 1-1 tie that had lasted since the seventh inning.Both starting pitchers were in command for much of...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros walk past A's, 4-3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Houston Astros scored two runs in the ninth without a hit, including Dexter Fowler's bases-loaded walk for the tiebreaking run, and beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Sunday. Jose Veras (4-0) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings as the Astros (63-80) took the rubber game of the weekend series. The victory means Houston's streak of 100-loss seasons ends at three...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

End of the line for Jose?

I figured this guy was history five years ago, when the Yankees dumped him. I never believed he was in his 20s. He looked more like 40, and he sweated like 55. I couldn't bear to watch.Well... when the Cubs waive you, you're waived. And when your ERA is past 8.00, wave goodbye. Maybe it's really over. If so, kudos to Jose Veras for lasting this long.Jeez, after we threw him overboard...
June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Rumors: Atlanta likely to trade for bullpen help

The Atlanta Braves are tied with the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins atop the crowded National League East, but they do have many flaws. Their offense, for starters, is well below average and has been a big disappointment. The issue they figure to try to fix at the trade deadline is their bullpen, which has been especially bad of late.David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Recap 6/10/14: Cubs release veteran Veras

“You’re disappointed when you sign a free agent and bring in a veteran and it didn’t work out,” Chicago general manager Jed Hoyer said last week. Jose Veras was signed by the Chicago Cubs on December 27th. Veras signed a one-year, $4 million deal to be closer. Chicago released veteran Veras on Tuesday.                                         Photo credit...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs News: Chicago releases Jose Veras

The Chicago Cubs surprisingly designated right-handed pitcher Jose Veras for assignment last week. They signed him to a one-year, $4 million deal during the offseason with the hope that he could be the team's closer, but things didn't go as planned.Today, the Cubs have released the 33-year-old Veras, according to Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago.#492613185 / gettyimages.comVeras is...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Jose Veras DFA’d, Castillo to DL

The Chicago Cubs announced a series of roster moves Tuesday afternoon. Current closer Hector Rondon was taken off of the paternity list, and to provide him with a roster spot veteran reliever Jose Veras was designated for assignment. They also placed Welington Castillo on the 15 day disabled list, and catcher Eli Whiteside was called up from Triple-A Iowa. Jose Veras was signed...
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Bullpen Use Baffling Rick Renteria

Allow me to preface all of this by saying that managing a bullpen is very difficult for a manager. Relievers need off-days, they need to be used fairly consistently, they might have minor arm issues that allow them to work, but on a strict pitch limit…the list of things that a manager needs to deal with as it relates to a bullpen is almost endless. All of that said, for a guy who...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

OJTB: Yankees Rally in Regulation, Beat Cubs in 13 Innings

Image: A recap of Wednesday’s game is followed by notes highlighting Tuesday’s contest. Through eight innings at Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon, the Yankees’ bats were anemic, and leading by 2-0, the Chicago Cubs appeared poised to sweep the two-game set. As has often been the case throughout their history, the Cubs (16-28) couldn’t close the deal. After rallying...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Hammel, Schierholtz, Veras among trade chips for Chicago Cubs

If there's one thing that the Chicago Cubs have going for them, it's having plentiful trade chips. Jesse Rogers helps us explore.By Keith Allison via Wikimedia CommonsAside from Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs have a few enticing options for potential playoff teams, though GM Jed Hoyer has already said that negotiations won't really begin until next month, we can still have some fun pre...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Have Problems, But the Bullpen Isn’t One of Them

As Cubs fans, we’re accustomed to thinking that we have it worse than every other fan base of all of the other 29 teams.  In one particular area, it seems that we think if the Cubs were just average, the team would win a lot more games.  That area is the bullpen.  And that line of thinking is just not true.  The bullpen, for the most part, has actually been quite good. There...
Via World Series Dreaming
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs' Jose Veras began rehab assignment at Double-A on Tuesday

The Chicago Cubs won the final game of their cross-town interleague series with the White Sox by the score of 12-5. The win improved the Cubs to 12-21 on the series, last in the National League Central. The Cubs' fans haven't had much to cheer about lately with their team that is 24th in the league in runs scored, but the 12-run outburst was a good sign. Also a good sign was the...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs place Jose Veras on DL

Just as the Chicago Cubs prepare to get Jake Arrieta off the disabled list in a few days, they have now placed another pitcher onto it.'s Cash Kruth reported late Saturday afternoon that the Cubs have placed closer Jose Veras on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat also confirmed the news.#Cubs put Jose Veras on 15 day DL...
Via Sports Injury Alert
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Rick Renteria hopes Jose Veras reclaims closer job

Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria has removed Jose Veras from the closer role, but he hopes the 33-year-old wins the job back, according to's Carrie Muskat."We still have a lot of guys in our 'pen who can be managed through those particular innings," Renteria said Sunday. "I think we'll continue to keep our eyes open. We certainly want to make sure we give Jose a chance...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

No Relief: Closing by Committee

Every couple of seasons a new pitcher comes along and is lights out for awhile. Then a season or two later said pitcher regresses badly enough to warrant a demotion from his current role. He stays on the team, however, but is used mainly in low-leverage situations. He is a closer, and he has one of the most difficult jobs in baseball. Usually when I speak of a specific position...
Via The Sports Post
April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

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
April 14, 2014  |  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 Baseball Essential
April 12, 2014  |  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...
April 12, 2014  |  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 save...
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April 12, 2014  |  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 one, hit two...
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April 12, 2014  |  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...
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April 12, 2014  |  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...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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