Cubs release reliever Veras on Tuesday

Cubs release reliever Veras on Tuesday

PITTSBURGH -- The Cubs released veteran reliever Jose Veras on Tuesday, one week after the right-hander was designated for assignment.

The Cubs had signed Veras on Dec. 27 to a one-year, $4 million deal, and he was projected to be the closer. But he lost the closer's job to Hector Rondon, and compiled an 8.10 ERA in 12 games with the Cubs.

"You're disappointed when you sign a free agent and bring in a veteran and it didn't work out," Chicago general manager Jed Hoyer said last week.

After Veras, 33, was designated, the Cubs had 10 days to trade him or release him.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.