Chicago Cubs release relief pitcher Jose Veras


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The Chicago Cubs released right-hander Jose Veras on Tuesday, tweets Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales.

Veras, 33, was 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in 12 appearances after signing a one-year contract worth $3.85 million with a $150,000 buyout. He was 0-for-2 in save opportunities before losing his job and being placed on the disabled list.

"“Relief pitchers have a certain shelf life,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He went out there and kept working, he got better so we are hoping he can latch on with someone. He has been a great influence with our young pitchers.”"

Veras split the 2013 season with the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers. With the Astros, Veras was the team’s closer and made 42 appearances while recording 19 saves with 2.93 ERA.

After being traded to Detroit, Veras served as the Tigers’ eighth inning man. Veras made 25 appearances with the Tigers while posting an 3.20 ERA.

The Cubs will owe Veras the remaining portion of his contract, including the buyout.

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