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10/20/1980 (36 y, 3 m, 30 d)
$0.2M / 1 Years (2014)
$0.2M / 1 Years (2015)
Veras was suspended 72 games for using a performance enhancing substance, per Reds Assistant Director of Media Relations Jamie Ramsey. (3/25/2016)
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Signed to a Minor League deal with the Bucs last winter, Veras dialed down the use of his mid-90s fastball, threw more curves and showed at least passable control while ascending to set-up man status. The journeyman, who has used his fastball over 60 percent of the time during his career, threw the pitch less than half the time while going to his breaking ball 40 percent. The result was a modest decrease in walk rate (4.3 per nine, compared to over five per nine in 2009-2010) with no decline in strikeouts (10 per nine). Veras was traded to Milwaukee in December for Casey McGehee, putting him squarely behind K-Rod and John Axford and eliminating any chances of picking up saves. (David Golebiewski)
The Quick Opinion:
At best, Veras will pitch the seventh inning with the Brewers. It’s a role he’s better suited for, given his control hiccups, but it means his fantasy value is nil.
Veras has always been an intriguing reliever thanks to his domination of right-handed hitters, and his ability to get a punchout. Those two traits should keep him employed for quite some time, which is good news for him, since he'll only be 33 in 2014. There were factors on both sides of his ledger to pay attention to as we head into the season. On the negative side of the ledger, he posted a ridiculously low batting average on balls in play, one that is likely not sustainable. On the positive side, he shaved about five percent off his walk rate, which brought it down to a much more manageable level. What's also noteworthy about Veras is that -- according to PITCHf/x -- Veras no longer throws a four-seam fastball at all. Most pitchers, even if they don't emphasize their four seamer, will flash it, but Veras abandoned the pitch in favor of his sinker. It didn't affect his K rate, so it isn't necessarily a red flag, but it's certainly interesting. Currently a free agent, Veras' opportunity to garner holds or saves will depend on where he lands.
The Quick Opinion:
Veras is very good for what he is -- a set-up reliever who can occasionally close games, but who shouldn't be trusted with the chore for the long haul thanks to his issues retiring left-handed hitters.
His ability to miss bats with an arsenal spearheaded by a hard sinking fastball has often put Jose Veras at the periphery of the discussion about whom his team might consider for saves. Only once has a team brought him in to lead that charge, however; that experiment didn’t last for the entire campaign (because he was traded), and even the Astros aren’t that desperate anymore. Veras’ control isn’t as bad as his 2014 first-half (15.6% walk rate) indicates, and in the second half, he recovered most of the velocity that had been eluding him. But, regardless, at 34, he’s trending downward. His indicators in high-leverage situations say that he simply can’t be trusted in them. Regression might put him back to above league average in strikeouts minus walks, and it’s possible that he ends up as a bit of a surprise source of holds somewhere, but that’s almost surely the ceiling of his 2015 fantasy value. (Nicholas Minnix)
The Quick Opinion:
Veras’ ability to strike out the opposition and limit walks have slowly waned, and he was never really good at limiting the walks. His second half of 2014 showed that he’s a candidate to bounce back some, so he might turn out to be a surprise 2015 source of holds in deep leagues, but that’s about it.
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Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 3:32 AM ET
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