Tigers Acquire Jose Veras from Astros

Veras joins the back end of the Tigers bullpen

The Tigers pulled the trigger on the deal everyone knew they wanted to make, acquiring RHP Jose Veras from the Astros to help solve their bullpen depth issues, in exchange for minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later.

07/29/13

Acquired Jose Veras (RHP) from Houston Astros in exchange for Danry Vasquez (OF) and a player to be named later, by 9/15

Analysis:

The Tigers pulled the trigger on the reliever everyone knew they needed on Monday morning, acquiring Veras in exchange for Vasquez and a PTBNL. Veras is an ideal fit for the Tigers short-term needs; an affordable contract for a pitcher who has been very effective closing this season in Houston, and has been a very good setup man in the past. Veras this season has an ERA under three, an FIP and xFIP in the mid-3's, and a K:BB ratio over three. Said Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski, in a release announcing the deal: "We are pleased to add an experienced arm to our bullpen," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a 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 definitely paid a high price though, giving up Vasquez, plus another player that will be named by mid-September. Vasquez was signed out of Venezuela in 2010 with a $1.2 million signing bonus, and has consistently been among the top five prospects in the organization since being signed. He checked in at #5 on the TigsTown 2013 Midseason Top Ten. At age 19, he's hitting .281 in West Michigan with a .723 OPS, and has plus potential at the plate. He's likely at least two, and probably three, years away from being ready for a major league assignment.

Given his youth and the organizational strength at the position with players like Nick Castellanos, Avisail Garcia, Steven Moya, Daniel Fields and Tyler Collins, it's a position of wealth, arguably the only one right now, and a player far enough away from contributing that he was ultimately expendable.

There's no word yet on the accompanying PTBNL, potentially indicating that the Astros have a list of players to choose from who they'll be scouting in coming weeks to identify the right fit.

For the latest transactions and to discuss them further, make sure to check out the minor league movement thread on the TigsTown Premium Forum: 2013 Signings/Movement Thread

Posted by Wez, 07/29/13


07/27/13

Placed Jess Todd (RHP) on Toledo's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Ramon Garcia (LHP) to Erie from Toledo

Transferred Patrick Cooper (RHP) to Lakeland from Erie

Signed Jair Jurrjens (RHP) to minor league contract, assigned to Toledo

Placed Jose Valverde (RHP) on Toledo's temporary inactive list

Assigned Austin Kubitza (RHP) to Lakeland from GCL Tigers

Transferred Dean Green (1B/DH) to West Michigan from Lakeland

Placed Kyle Ryan (LHP) on Lakeland's 7-day disabled list with a blister on his throwing hand

Activated Kevin Eichhorn (RHP) from Lakeland's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Tim Remes (C ) to GCL Tigers from Lakeland

Transferred Zach Kirksey (OF) to GCL Tigers from West Michigan

Activated Austin Green (C ) from Connecticut's 7-day disabled list

Analysis:

Jair Jurrjens officially returns to the organization and joins the Mud Hens, where the Tigers will look for him to provide starting pitching depth at the upper levels of the organization, and see if he can regain the form that made him a Rookie of the Year candidate and All-Star.

Elsewhere, some fans had a bit of a scare of when lefty prospect Kyle Ryan hit the disabled list, just the latest in a long run of Lakeland pitchers to head to the disabled list this season. However, the injury is just a blister on one of his fingers on his throwing hand, and shouldn't sideline him for an extended period of time.

Posted by Wez, 07/27/13


07/19/13

Signed Jeremy Bonderman (RHP) to minor league contract, assigned to Toledo

Activated Kenny Faulk (LHP) from Toledo's 7-day disabled list

Placed Brayan Villarreal (RHP) on Toledo's 7-day disabled list with sprained right thumb

Placed Pat Misch (LHP) on Toledo's 7-day disabled list

Placed Derek Hankins (RHP) on Toledo's temporary inactive list

Transferred Jon Link (RHP) to Toledo from Erie

Zach Maggard (C ) retired from Erie

Activated Warwick Saupold (RHP) from Erie's 7-day disabled list

Placed Joe Rogers (LHP) on Lakeland's 7-day disabled list

Assigned Tim Remes (C ) to Lakeland from GCL Tigers

Placed Austin Green (C ) on Connecticut's 7-day disabled list

Placed Franklin Navarro (C ) on GCL Tigers' 7-day disabled list

Placed David Paulino (RHP) on GCL Tigers' 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury

Analysis:

The evolution of the Mud Hens' bullpen continues, as former Tigers' starting pitcher Jeremy Bonderman joins the group, with the organization continuing to search for usable bullpen arms. Kenny Faulk also returns from the disabled list as Brayan Villarreal heads to it - both at this point are outside possibilities to help the Tigers this year. Bonderman did toss a scoreless inning of relief in his first appearance on Friday, striking out one.

Most concerning beyond Toledo is the news out of the GCL, with two prominent names hitting the disabled list; Paulino had impressed so far this summer, but an elbow injury looks like it will sideline him until 2014. Navarro's injury isn't thought to be as serious, but nonetheless another prominent name getting caught by the injury bug.

Posted by Wez, 07/20/13


07/12/13

Activated Matt Hoffman (LHP) from Toledo's 7-day disabled list

Released Mike Hernandez (OF) from Erie

Activated Daniel Fields (OF) from Erie's 7-day disabled list

Signed Kelvin Perez (RHP) and assigned to Erie

Assigned Chad Green (RHP) to Lakeland from GCL Tigers

Activated Dixon Machado (SS) from Lakeland's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Jared Reaves (SS) to West Michigan from Lakeland

Transferred Curt Powell (IF) to Connecticut from West Michigan

Activated Aaron Westlake (1B) from Lakeland's 7-day disabled list

Placed Hudson Randall (RHP) on Lakeland's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Montreal Robertson (RHP) to West Michigan from GCL Tigers

Transferred Jonathan Maciel (RHP) to Connecticut from West Michigan

Activated Jordan John (LHP) from West Michigan's 7-day disabled list

Placed Charles Gillies (RHP) on West Michigan's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Steven Negron (SS) to GCL Tigers from Connecticut

Placed Logan Ehlers (LHP) on Connecticut's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Nick Carmichael (RHP) to GCL Tigers from Connecticut

Assigned Chase Edwards (RHP) to Connecticut from GCL Tigers

Assigned Will LaMarche (RHP) to Connecticut from GCL Tigers

Transferred Preston Jamison (LHP) to GCL Tigers from Connecticut

Assigned Joe Flattery (LHP) to Connecticut from GCL Tigers

Transferred Andrew Harrison (RHP) to GCL Tigers from Connecticut

Posted by Wez, 07/20/13


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