The Houston Astros have traded right-handed pitcher Jose Veras to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later.
The Astros organization tweeted the news on Monday morning:
UPDATE: Monday, July 29, at 1:10 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Mark Berman, Sports Director at Fox 26 (KRIV), has the latest from Jose Veras:
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Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow seems quite happy about bringing Vasquez—a top-tier prospect—into the fold.
According to a press release (h/t Ultimate Astros), the GM said:
We are excited to get an outfield prospect of Danry’s caliber. He adds to an already formidable group of prospects at the A ball level. Jose will be missed as a team leader both on and off the field.
Jason Beck, the Tigers' beat reporter for MLB.com, tweeted a portion of Detroit’s press release:
The 32-year-old Veras is 0-4 in 2013 with an ERA of 2.93 and 44 strikeouts in 42 relief innings.
He gives the Tigers another solid, veteran arm in the bullpen and should be quite useful during the pennant race.
While Dombrowski’s quote indicates Veras will not assume closer duties—that job will remain with Joaquin Benoit for now—the eight-year veteran will be able to help in relief efforts as a setup man.
USA Today's Bob Nightengale confirmed that Veras will take on the eighth-inning role:
As per CBS Detroit, Vasquez was batting .281 with five home runs and 39 RBI in 96 games with Single-A West Michigan before the trade.
It will likely take some time before he hits the majors, but Vasquez has the potential to be a quality outfielder at the professional level.
Each team should benefit from the deal eventually, with Detroit seeing more immediate results and the Astros reaping the benefits down the line.
With the MLB trade deadline rapidly approaching, you can expect to see quite a few more deals in the coming days.