Jose Veras, who spent this season with the Brewers, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Astros.
According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes the 32-year-old right-hander will get $1.85 million and the contract also includes a $3.25 million option or $150,000 buyout for 2014.
Veras threw 67 innings with a 3.63 ERA and 79/40 K/BB ratio for Milwaukee and has posted a sub-4.00 ERA in four of his five full seasons in the majors, balancing poor control with big strikeout totals.
He’s mostly been a middle reliever, but should get a chance to handle some high-leverage innings in Houston.
The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.
With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.
Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.