Yankees trade reliever to Indians

Updated: June 24, 2009, 3:45 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Reliever Jose Veras has been traded by the New York Yankees to a Cleveland Indians team seeking to bolster an overworked and ineffective bullpen.

The Yankees received cash in Wednesday's deal.

The 28-year-old right-hander was 3-1 with a 5.96 ERA in 25 games before the Yankees designated him for assignment June 16.

Opposing hitters were batting .235 against him; right-handed hitters had a .180 average. Veras had allowed no runs in nine of his final 12 appearances.

He has an 8-4 career record with three saves and a 4.43 ERA.

Cleveland must make a roster move before adding Veras to its 25-man roster.

The bullpen has been a major worry to manager Eric Wedge all season, converting only 13 saves in 26 opportunities.

During a recent six-game losing streak, the Indians twice blew leads of five runs and another of seven runs, and the bullpen gave up four runs in the ninth inning of a 5-4 victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday in which the Pirates had the potential winning run on base.

Last season, Veras was 5-3 with a 3.59 ERA in 60 appearances and was second on the Yankees in relief innings pitched and appearances.


Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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