Trade Deadline: Tigers get righty Jose Veras, Braves acquire lefty Scott Downs

July 29, 2013 - 9:09 am
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Two contenders made moves Monday to shore up their bullpens. The Tigers acquired right-hander Jose Veras from the Astros, while the Braves obtained lefty Scott Downs from the Angels. Veras is 0-4 with 19 saves, a 2.93 ERA and a 1.000 WHIP in 43 innings over 42 games. He has 44 strikeouts against 14 walks. To acquire the 32-year-old, the Tigers sent Single-A outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named to the Astros. The Tigers will be Veras' seventh team in five years, as the 6-foot-6 Dominican has bounced from the Yankees (2006-09) to the Indians ('09) to the Marlins ('10) to the Pirates ('11) to the Brewers ('12) before landing in Houston on a one-year deal. In eight seasons, he has a 19-21 record, 24 saves, a 3.88 ERA and a 1.315 WHIP in 357 1/3 innings over 369 appearances. "We are pleased to add an experienced arm to our bullpen," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "Jose can pitch in a variety of roles, provides depth in the bullpen, and complements the roles of Joaquin Benoit and Drew Smyly." Downs, 37, has a 2-3 record with a 1.84 ERA and 1.261 WHIP in 29 1/3 innings and 43 games. He was acquired for Triple-A closer Cory Rasmus. The younger brother of Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus debuted in the majors in May, recording an 8.10 ERA and 1.650 WHIP in 6 2/3 innings over three games. With Triple-A Gwinnett (Ill.), the 25-year-old has a 3-1 record with 14 saves, a 1.72 ERA and a 1.145 WHIP in 36 2/3 innings over 37 appearances. Downs has played 12 years in the majors with four teams, recording a 36-35 record, 26 saves, a 3.47 ERA and a 1.323 WHIP in 699 1/3 innings over 539 games. He signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Angels before the 2011 season.

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