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Pirates Sign Jose Veras

Pirates Sign Jose Veras

The Pirates have signed Veras to a minor league deal.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed relief pitcher Jose Veras to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes (link in Spanish).  If Veras makes the majors, he will receive a $1 M salary, with $500 K in possible incentives.  He will make $15,000 a month in the minors, which amounts to about $100 K over the course of the season.

Veras is 6' 6", 235 pounds, and has pitched 176.1 innings in the majors.  He has a 4.24 ERA, with a strong 8.7 K/9 ratio, although he's struggled with control, with a 5.0 BB/9 ratio.  In 2010 he pitched 48 innings in the Florida Marlins' bullpen, with a 3.75 ERA, a 10.1 K/9, and a 5.4 BB/9 ratio.  Despite the walks, Veras manages to put up good numbers, thanks to a low OBA, with a career .220 mark, and a .191 in 2010.  He is a hard thrower, with a fastball that averaged 94.3 MPH in 2010.

Veras 3.127 years of service time.  He was non-tendered by Fl...

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