July 29 (Bloomberg) -- Relief pitcher Jose Veras was traded to Detroit from the Houston Astros in exchange for outfield prospect Danny Vasquez, an attempt by the Tigers to solidify their bullpen and division lead.
Houston also received a player to be named on or before Sept. 15 for the 32-year-old Veras, the Tigers said in a news release posted on their website.
Veras hasn’t given up an earned run during seven outings and eight innings pitched in July. He has a 2.93 earned run average, 19 saves and an 0-4 record this season, with 44 strikeouts and 14 walks in 42 innings for Houston.
“Jose can pitch in a variety of roles, provides depth in the bullpen, and complements the roles of Joaquin Benoit and Drew Smyly,” Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers’ president, said in a statement.
Veras has a 3.88 ERA in eight Major League Baseball seasons, having also pitched for the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers.
Detroit’s 4.01 bullpen ERA ranks 23rd among baseball’s 30 teams.
The Tigers are 59-45, three games ahead of Cleveland for the American League Central lead. The Astros’ 35-69 record is the worst in baseball.
Vasquez was batting .281 with five home runs, 39 runs batted in, 16 doubles and five triples for Single-A West Michigan.
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