Cubs release former closer Jose Veras

Cubs release former closer Jose Veras
June 10, 2014, 3:15 pm
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CSN Staff

The Cubs had 10 days to figure out what to do with Jose Veras, who they designated for assignment on June 3. They only needed seven.

The team released Veras on Tuesday, parting ways with the pitcher they gave nearly $4 million to this offseason to be their closer.

Veras' brief time in Chicago did not go well. He leaves the Cubs having posted an 8.10 ERA in only 12 appearances, surrendering 12 runs on 12 hits and a pair of walks in 13 1/3 innings pitched.

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Veras allowed a total of 10 runs in six April outings (two of which were blown saves), giving up multiple runs in four of those. He then hit the disabled list and came back in mid-May, only to make six more appearances before getting DFA'd.

The closer role has since been handed over to Hector Rondon, though Neil Ramirez has been making ninth-inning appearances of late.

Veras came to the Cubs following a successful 2013 season as the Astros closer and as a bullpen piece for the Tigers, with whom he went to the postseason. That earned him the big payday this offseason. His inconsistency on the mound earned him his release Tuesday.