Veras talks about trade to Tigers

Brian McTaggart,’s Astros beat writer, talked with Jose Veras today about his trade to the Tigers. His tone basically had two points: He was very sad about leaving the Astros after they gave him a chance to close, but he sounded like he was looking forward to a chance to play a meaningful role in a playoff run.

“I’m the kind of guy I’m happy with anything that happens in my career and my life because God takes care of me. He’s the driver, he’s the guy that’s taking me the place where I’m going to be OK. I’m a guy that’s OK with everything. I live day by day. I’m OK with anything that happens in my life because that’s the way it is.

“This is business and I understand that. I took me a long time to understand, but I understand the last four years this is business and I have to deal with it. There’s nothing I can do.”

On the move to a new team, Veras said, “It’s a good clubhouse and now I have to go to another place where I’m going to meet guys I haven’t been with before. I have some teammates there that I played with before, like Omar Infante. We worked together with Marlins. We’re friends. Ramon Santiago, Brayan Pena, I played with them in the Dominican Winter League.

“The bottom line is I’m not going to be in a stranger’s house. I have some friends over there, too. I can say I’m happy, I can say I’m sad, but I feel Houston’s my home and now I’m going to another place and it’s going to be a little tough. I feel good because it’s a team that has an opportunity to be in the playoffs.”


I think it’s safe to say that when he gets here, he’ll love it.

comparing the performances of the two lefties not named drew smyly:
Downs in 2013: 33.0 IP, 5.18 ERA, 1.394 WHIP, 10.1 SO/9 and 2.727 BB/9
Coke in 2013: 31.1 IP, 5.46 ERA, 1.468 WHIP, 7.5 SO/9 and 4.341 BB/9
Vs Righties:
Downs: 79 PA, .942 OPS, 2.25 SO/BB
Coke: 74 PA, .917 OPS, 0.91 SO/BB
Vs Lefties:
Downs: 63 PA, .653 OPS, 9.50 SO/BB
Coke: 63 PA, .620 OPS, 4.00 SO/BB

Pretty much a toss up. Downs strikes ’em out more though.

There is still a need for a solid southpaw in our pen. I doubt we will see Dombrowski get one now. I think he will wait for the waiver wire or simply call up Alvarez in September.

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