Jose Veras trade: Detroit Tigers acquire Houston Astros closer

Bob Levey

Veras will serve as a set-up man for Tigers' closer Joaquin Benoit.

The Detroit Tigers have acquired Houston Astros reliever Jose Veras for minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Veras served as the Astros closer, compiling a 2.93 ERA while saving 19 games. The right-hander has shown increased effectiveness by decreasing his walks; Veras has averaged 4.68 BB/9 in his career, but has only walked 2.93 batters per nine innings this season.

Tigers president/GM David Dombrowski discussed Veras in a press release, stating:

"We are pleased to add an experienced arm to our bullpen. Jose can pitch in a variety of roles, provides depth in the bullpen, and complements the roles of Joaquin Benoit and Drew Smyly."

Benoit will remain the closer while Veras will serve as a set-up man, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Jordan Garosh of Bless You Boys rated Vasquez as the Tigers No. 3 prospect heading into the season, writing:

At his absolute ceiling, I could see Vasquez hitting around .280 with somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 bombs and 35+ doubles. He's an incredibly long way away from doing that at the major league level, but has got the tools to get there.

Vasquez is hitting .281/.333/.390 for Low-A West Michigan.

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