• Is It April 1st Today?

    Posted by on November 19th, 2005 · Comments (2)

    From CBS Sportsline:

    Relief pitcher Jose Veras said he has signed a one-year contract with the New York Yankees.

    The Dominican right-hander refused to divulge the value of the deal, but said Friday he’s excited to join the bullpen with Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.

    “I feel proud that the Yankees have signed me to help set the table for Mariano Rivera. That’s something very important to me,” Veras told the Associated Press.

    Veras is expected to help fill the role played last season by Tom Gordon, who has opted for free agency.

    Veras currently leads the Dominican Winter League with five saves and only two runs allowed in 12 innings as a closer for the Escogido Lions.

    Veras said he will travel to Tampa Bay, Florida, on Monday to meet with Yankee executives and take a physical.

    Veras was on the Texas Rangers’ roster last year before being reassigned to the team’s minor league camp.

    Who? Jose Veras used to be known as Enger Veras until he got busted with a bogus birth certificate. He’s a big one – six-five, two-thirty. Throws hard. But, if he couldn’t help Texas last year, what makes anyone think that he can help the Yankees now?

    This guy is going to fill the Tom Gordon role? Com’on now.

    Comments on Is It April 1st Today?

    1. November 20th, 2005 | 8:38 am

      I would guess the Gordon role was just the AP fooling around. ;)

      Doesn’t really bother me. Worth a shot. Worst that could happen is he fails to make the roster and he’s released or whatever.

    2. Raf
      November 20th, 2005 | 11:45 am

      Can’t be much worse than Felix Rodriguez. From the looks of it, the Yanks may have to go with a 12 man staff. Maybe Rivera will get more 1+ inning saves next year

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