The Cubs made official Friday their signing of free agent relief pitcher Jose Veras, who agreed to terms earlier this month on a one-year deal said to be worth $4 million and with a $5.5 club option for 2015. Veras, 33, had been closing for the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers last season and is expected to fill that role for the Cubs.
The Cubs did not disclose terms of the deal.
Veras was 0-5 with 21 saves and a 3.02 ERA last season. He had 60 strikeouts to 22 walks in 62 2/3 innings.
He became a free agent with the Tigers declined to pick up a $3.25 million option.
Veras has pitched in parts of the last eight seasons with six teams, with a career mark of 19-22, 84 holds and 26 saves and 3.84 ERA, all in relief.
He gives the Cubs an experienced closer going into the season, with right-hander Pedro Strop, 28, considered a candidate to contend for the job as well.