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:
This morning, Astros have acquired OF Danry Vasquez from DET in exchange for RHP Jose Veras. Vasquez was one of Tigers top prospects.— Houston Astros (@astros) July 29, 2013
The Astros also receive a player to be named later in the deal.— Houston Astros (@astros) July 29, 2013
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:
Jose Veras on trade by Astros to Tigers: "I'm fine. Anywhere I go God take of me. He's the driver. It's going to be good. It's a good team."— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 29, 2013
More Jose Veras on trade by Astros to Tigers: "I feel a little sad. I'm not going to c my boys here. It feels like a family here in Houston"— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 29, 2013
More Jose Veras on trade to Tigers: "It's a team that's trying 2 make the playoffs & the World Series. It's going 2 b good 4 me as a player"— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 29, 2013
More Jose Veras on trade to Tigers: "When they give me the ball try 2 do my best. I've got a family that waits for me. I can't fall asleep."— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 29, 2013
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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:
#Tigers press release quotes Dave Dombrowski saying Veras complements the roles of Benoit, Smyly. So Benoit remains the closer.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) July 29, 2013
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:
Joaquin Benoit will remain the #Tigers closer with Veras as setup man— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 29, 2013
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.
What do you think of this 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.