The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent reliever Jose Veras to a one-year, $4 million deal. This move completes the Cubs’ bullpen for 2014 that includes Justin Grimm, Blake Parker, Hector Rondon, James Russell, Pedro Strop, Carlos Villanueva and newcomer Wesley Wright, among others. Prospect Arodys Vizcaino and Japanese pitcher Kuyji Fujikawa are rehabbing from injuries and are expected back in 2014 as well.
The New York Yankees also signed reliever Matt Thornton and Grant Belfour signed with the Baltimore Orioles.
Chicago Tribune: Jose Veras agrees to 1-year, $ million deal to close for Cubs
CSN Chicago: Closing time: Cubs reach agreement with Jose Veras
ESPN Chicago: Veras just a small piece for Cubs
SI Strikezone: New posting system for Japanese players favors players, MLB teams
ESPN LA: Masahiro Tanaka drama is worth tracking for Dodgers
FOX Sports: Rosenthal & Morosi Hot Stove: Closer Balfour, Orioles close to deal
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Braves agree to one-year deal with Floyd
CBS Sports: Yankees agree to sign free agent reliever Matt Thornton