Astros reportedly plan to use Jose Veras as closer

Patrick McDermott

The well-traveled reliever could receive a significant pay raise if he succeeds as the Astros closer.

The Houston Astros' newest addition, right-handed reliever Jose Veras, is reportedly going to be the team's closer next season, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

The 32-year-old, who signed a one-year, $2 million contract with Houston on Friday, has a series of "games finished" clauses written into the deal. Those clauses could prove to increase his earning significantly should he succeed in the closer role next season.

Veras' contract is reported to contain a $1.85 million base salary and up to $500,000 in incentives. It also includes a $3.25 million club option or $150,000 buyout for 2014, with the possibility of the club option being worth between $4 million and $5.5 million based on games finished.

Veras was 5-4 with a 3.63 ERA, 1.507 WHIP and one save in 72 appearances out of the bullpen for the Milwaukee Brewers last season. He finished 17 games, despite not being the team's closer. The Astros will be Veras' sixth team in just over five years of MLB service.

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