Tigers Acquire Astros Closer Veras To Address Anemic Bullpen Woes – And Are Not Done Yet
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By Matthew Lafave (Tigers Correspondent) Follow @MatthewLafave
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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