Tigers Acquire Astros Closer Veras To Address Anemic Bullpen Woes – And Are Not Done Yet

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Jose Veras was acquired by the Tigers today, While clearly not the big name out their among Closers, he should add depth to a Bullpen that has had monumental struggles this season.  This could also lead to the Tigers picking up yet another Closer in the next 48 - 60 hours like a Joe Nathan or Luke Gregerson.  All of a sudden, a negative attribute could be a positive one for the team.

Jose Veras was acquired by the Tigers today, While clearly not the big name out their among Closers, he should add depth to a Bullpen that has had monumental struggles this season. This could also lead to the Tigers picking up yet another Closer in the next 48 – 60 hours like a Joe Nathan or Luke Gregerson. All of a sudden, a negative attribute could be a positive one for the team. Veras makes $1.85 MIL for 2013, and has a Team Option of $3.25 MIL for 2014 – or a Buyout of 150K.  It is an inexpensive risk for Motown.

By Matthew Lafave (Tigers Correspondent) 

The Detroit Tigers have finally got there much needed bullpen help in the form of Astros closer Jose Veras. They sent outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later to the Astros.

Vasquez, 19-years-old, was batting .281 with Low-A West Michigan before the trade. The Tigers signed him as an international free agent out of Venezuela in 2010.

Papa Grande had led the AL in Games Finished during each of the last 2 seasons (70 in  2011 and 67 Last Year.  he also led the AL in Saves in 2011 with 49.)  It was a Sept/Oct swoon   of a 5.02 ERA that started his troubles - before giving up 6 Earned Runs in 1 combined Inning Pitched between the ALCS and the World Series.  He remained unsigned by everyone until the Tigers gave him an incentive laden 1 Year Deal.  Valverde pitched okay for awhile - before he was obliterated in his last outings before being Designated For Assignment

Papa Grande, (the 2nd Closer of the Year – after the 1st Bullpen by committee blew it,) led the AL in Games Finished during each of the last 2 seasons (70 in 2011 and 67 Last Year in 2012. he also led the AL in Saves in 2011 with 49.) It was a Sept/Oct 2012 swoon of a 5.02 ERA that started his troubles – before giving up 6 Earned Runs in 1 combined Inning Pitched between the ALCS and the World Series. He remained unsigned by everyone until the Tigers gave him an incentive laden 1 Year Deal in April. Valverde pitched okay for a while – before he was obliterated in his last outings before being Designated For Assignment a few months ago.  Benoit had been given the job afterwards.

The Tigers will get immediate help for their depleted bullpen. After the trade was announced, manager Jim Leyland said Joaquin Benoit will remain closer and Veras will be used from the 7th inning and on.

Although save opportunities in Houston was few and far between, the 32-year-old Veras has shown dominance with his 2.93 ERA this season. He has a 9.2 strikeout a game rate and a career high 1.00 WHIP.

“We are pleased to add an experienced arm to our bullpen,” said Tigers GM Dave Dombrowksi in a press release, “Jose can pitch in a variety of roles, provides depth in the bullpen, and complements the roles of Joaquin Benoit and Drew Smyly.”

Al Alburquerque, 27, was yet to surrender a HR in regular season play (76.2 IP).  before surrendering HR's in 3 of 4 outings from July 7th to July 13th.  While he has settled down - he has a 5.08 ERA this year.  Not exactly what you want from a dominant Bullpen Reliever

Al Alburquerque, 27, was yet to surrender a HR in regular season play (76.2 IP). before surrendering big fly’s  in 3 of 4 outings from July 7th to July 13th. While he has settled down in his latest 3 outings – he has a 5.08 ERA this year in 28.1 IP.

The Tigers aren’t likely done in the trade market either. They are rumored to be shopping for more bullpen help and a left-handed bat. Shortstop depth has come around as well as Jhonny Peralta is likely to be suspended this week.

No names have surfaced regarding an offensive bat in trade talks but relievers Joe Nathan and Luke Gregerson have been recently linked to the Tigers.

Phil Coke has been less than stellar his whole career for the Tigers, with an ERA of 5.46 this year, and a DET mark of 4.31 in 258.2 IP, why is he receiving so much work?

Phil Coke has been less than stellar his whole career for the Tigers, with an ERA of 5.46 this year, and a DET mark of 4.31 in 258.2 IP lifetime, why is he receiving so much work?  He is another reason why the club opted to bring in some reinforcements.

The Tigers are still in a good position of having depth in most positions in order for a Trade – especially in Starting Pitching and the Outfield. 

The Bullpen had featured 5 of its members with significant Innings logged, carrying ERA’s north of 5.  The club has since rid themselves of Valverde, while Darin Downs has been recovering from left rotator cuff tendinitis.

The other 3 are the aforementioned captioned pictured fella’s and Bruce Rondon.

The time to strike is right now, this year, while you have everybody in their prime and signed.

Joaquin Benoit has done everything the Tigers have asked him,  He has converted 10 straight Save Opportunities, and had a WHIP of just over 1.00 - with an ERA if 1.50 in his 42 IP this year.  It is just that this is Championship Ball Club that needs a guy with proven playoff pedigree to do the job from the Closers Role.  Benoit would be a perfect 8th inning guy.

Joaquin Benoit has done everything the Tigers have asked him, He has converted 10 straight Save Opportunities, and had a WHIP of just over 1.00 – with an ERA if 1.50 in his 42 IP this year. It is just that this is a Championship Ball Club that needs a guy with proven playoff pedigree to do the job from the Closers Role. Benoit would be a perfect 8th inning guy.  Dombrowski will likely works the phones until he finds that extra arm from somewhere.

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A big thank-you goes out to Our ‘Tigers Correspondent’ Matthew LaFave for preparing today’s featured article.  

Matthew was born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan. Growing up watching all of the Detroit sports with his father,  he began to enjoy writing about them in high school.

At first started out as e-mails between his father turned into a Detroit Lions blog website titled ‘Hear Me Roar’. Matthew would go on to get a job as ‘Detroit Tigers Writer’ at the website http://www.examiner.com.

He has been writing for them for over two seasons and regularly attends games as a credentialed media member. Be sure to follow him on Twitter 

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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