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Astros finalize deal with reliever Veras

ARLINGTON -- The Astros have agreed to terms with free-agent reliever Jose Veras, the club announced on Friday. According to a report by ESPN Deportes on Tuesday, Veras will receive $1.85 million in 2013, with a $3.25 million option for '14.

Veras was 5-4 with a 3.63 ERA in 72 games for the Brewers in 2012. He had 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings, along with 8.2 hits and 5.4 walks. His 13.84 baserunners per nine innings was the 17th highest among 91 qualifying relievers.

The Astros are trying to upgrade a bullpen that had a 4.44 ERA, the fifth highest in the National League in 2012. Their 62 percent success rate in save situations was the fourth lowest in the league.

Veras has spent all or part of the last seven seasons in the Majors, and he's 19-17 with a 4.01 ERA in 327 Major League games with the Yankees, Indians, Marlins, Pirates and Brewers. The Astros will be his sixth organization in the past five seasons.

Veras adds some experience to a team with just two relievers who have pitched in at least 100 Major League games. Wesley Wright has 228 career relief appearances and Fernando Rodriguez has 119.

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