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LD% - Line Drive Percentage.
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The Tigers declined their 2014 option on Jose Veras?!
In the summer I wrote this first , (in trying to add arms to the pen) Jose Veras, Astros. On his 6th team, fashiong more than 10 K's per 9 IP, and a WHIP just over 1. If you'll buy line drive percentage, he's been sensational this year in avoiding squared up balls, with his LD% at 12% (average is 20). I also like this because if he's acquired and any good, he's potentially the setup man next year for a reason $3.2 million dollar option.Not cheap, but maybe verrrrry worth it.
Then this, as the acquisition occurred.
Tigers get a reliever who was on my not-Papelbon list from a few weeks back. Porcello for Kendrick is still something I'd consider. Good deal for a non-elite prospects, with a chance for Veras to pitch his way into a very cheap closer role next year. I'm assuming the Tigers keep the option to retain Veras for $3.25 million.
The Tigers just pushed away an extremely inexpensive, but more to the point, productive reliever.
Keep in mind Benoit is free agent, Smyly may or may not be moving to the rotation, or off the team completely, and there's no other pitchers in the bullpen at this moment who could be deemed reliable.
I realize Rondon is there and still possesses the closer in waiting tag, but last we heard he was struggling with elbow issues. That's a serious concern for me. And while he improved with more Major League innings, there's no certainty he was going to be an effective successor to Benoit Day 1 in Lakeland.
Will they give 2013 draft pick Corey Knebel the chance to win a job this spring? His numbers in the AFL would offer that he's borderline unhittable.
This is absolutely stunning. Dave Dombrowski must've decided he was exhausted by his bullpen not living up to the others his team has frequently flailed against in October.
Veras in '13 had 60 K's in 62 innings and owned a WHIP barely over 1. Was it a poor postseason created this baffling decision? In two words, probably not. Five innings, nine strikeouts and a ERA of 3.60.
In the MLive article above from James Schmehl, we share the same speculation that the Tiges could resign Veras, though it would surely be for more than $3.25 million dollars OR to a long term deal, which would be unwise considering the volatility of year to year performance from most relievers.
Perhaps in coming hours or days we'll get an explanation to this confounding direction the Tigers have chosen to go in. Until the, I'll be the guy dragged his jaw on the floor.
If anything Veras was healthy and inexpensive. Now he's just gone.