Jose Veras

Jose Veras returns to the Astros on a minor league deal

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Released by the Braves during spring training, veteran reliever Jose Veras has signed a minor-league deal with the Astros.

Veras spent the second half of last season with the Astros and pitched well with a 3.03 ERA and 37/16 K/BB ratio in 33 innings, but he never gained much traction as a 34-year-old free agent.

Veras has a 3.91 career ERA, including a 3.70 ERA with 322 strikeouts in 295 innings since 2010, so it’s somewhat surprising that it took this long for a team to grab him as a potential middle relief option.

For now he’ll head to extended spring training.