Singles night in the Bronx sees Astros knock off Yankees

There might not be a team more flabbergasted by the Astros than the New York Yankees. Baseball’s once mightiest can’t do much of anything against baseball’s thriftiest. The Astros batted around in the seventh inning of a 5-2 victory Wednesday night, a good start on the path to hurting wild-card dreams across the American League. The Astros had five straight hits – all singles...
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Chad Qualls hopes to remain an Astro as trade deadline approaches

Righthander Jose Veras knows what happened at the end of last season when the Astros lost 15 straight in a tailspin that punctuated the franchise’s drop. Veras had been long gone at that point, dealt midseason to the Detroit Tigers for minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez. The Astros signed Veras again in the middle of this season. “Oh yeah, of course,” Veras said when asked...
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July 23, 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...
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...
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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...
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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

Yankees get help from Cubs for 4-2, 13-inning win

There was nothing pretty about the Yankees' marathon win over the Cubs Wednesday, but it counts just the same. The Yankees mounted a ninth-inning comeback to tie the game before scoring twice in the 13th to take a 4-2 victory over the Cubs. Jose Veras' wild pitch scored the go-ahead run, while John Ryan Murphy singled in another, giving the Yankees a two-run cushion. David...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs say closer situation ‘fluid’

The Chicago Cubs aren’t winning many games, but the few they come away victorious in are often drama filled – much of it due in part to their suspect bullpen. Chicago began the season with Jose Veras closing games, but after his implosion (followed by a current disabled list stint) the Cubbies began using other arms to fill the void. They continually struggled during their few...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs place Jose Veras on DL

The Chicago Cubs placed former closer Jose Veras (left oblique strain) on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and recalled right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter. Veras says his oblique started hurting him "a couple days" ago but he "didn't pay attention to it." He appeared in Thursday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving up two home runs in...
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April 26, 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...
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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...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs' Rick Renteria not giving up on Jose Veras

The next time the Cubs find themselves in a save situation, it will be interesting to see who gets the call in the bullpen. Jose Veras was demoted from the closer role after a poor start, but manager Rick Renteria continues to express support for the struggling right-hander. "I still think we have a lot of guys in our pen that certainly can be managed through those particular...
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April 21, 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...
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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...
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April 12, 2014  |  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....
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April 12, 2014  |  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...
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April 09, 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

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...
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March 31, 2014  |  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...
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March 26, 2014  |  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
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