Cubs sign Veras, Dec. 15-17 Cubs Recap

The Cuba added relief pitcher Jose Veras who could close for Chicago in 2014 as the North SIders bolstered their bullpen with another arm this winter.

Cubs sign Jose Veras

The Cubs added more depth to their bullpen Tuesday with the signing of right-hander Jose Veras. Veras spent most of 2013 in Houston and was then traded to the Tigers in July for a pair of minor leaguers. He appeared in five games in the 2013 ALCS, with 6 K in 3.1 IP (3H 2ER, 1HR). The 33-year-old has played for six teams after debuting in 2006 for the Yankees. He recorded 21 saves last year, after earning only five over his first 327 games. According to Pitch F/X Data from Brooks Baseball, Veras relies on a four-seam fastball around 93-94 and throws a curve and occasional change-up.

Veras joins Wesley Wright as the second free agent pitcher signed by Chicago this off-season and the Dominican will battle Pedro Strop for the closer role in spring training. Other bullpen arms for the Cubs in 2014 include James Russell, Blake Parker, Hector Rondon, Carlos Villanueva, Justin Grimm, Zach Rosscup, Arodys Vizcaino and Kyuji Fujikawa, who is returning from Tommy John surgery.

Venezuelan Winter League

Dec. 17—Luis Valbuena (.320) went 1-5 in Lara's 9-1 win.

Dec. 16—Yeiper Castillo improved to 4-1 earning the win in relief during Zulia's 7-3 win over La Guaria. The right-hander allowed two hits and a walk in 1.2 scoreless innings.

Dec. 15—Yoanner Negrin worked 5.1 innings, throwing 78 pitches, 49 for strikes, in Caracas' 5-3 win over Margarita in 11 innings. Negrin allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

2B Luis Valbuena (.320) went 1-4 with a double and a run scored in Lara's 13-2 loss to Magallanes.

Dominican Winter League

Dec. 17—No Cubs prospects saw action.

Dec. 16—No games scheduled.

Dec. 15—No Cubs prospects saw action.

Mexican Pacific Winter League

Dec. 17—No Cubs prospects saw action.

Dec. 16—No games scheduled.

Dec. 15—SS Walter Ibarra singled an scored in Mazatlan's five-run third as they held on for the 6-4 win over Guasave. Ibarra finished 1-4.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Dec. 17—Jonathan Mota (.248) was 2-4 in Ponce's 2-1 win over Mayaguez. Greg Rohan (.125) and Rubi Silva (.270) were both 0-4.

Dec. 16—No games scheduled.

Dec. 15—DH Greg Rohan, LF Rubi Silva and 3B Jonathan Mota all went 1-3 in Ponce's 3-1 win over Mayaguez. Mota doubled and scored in the third.

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