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Athletics sign pitcher Petit

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Oakland Athletics have signed right-handed pitcher Yusmeiro Petit to a free agent contract. He has agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal.

The agreement was reached a week ago. However, the team did not officially announce the deal until Thursday night.

Former Los Angeles Angels pitcher Yusmeiro Petit making a pitch (Getty Images)

Former Los Angeles Angels pitcher Yusmeiro Petit making a pitch (Getty Images)

This is the first multi-year deal of his career. The soon-to-be 33-year-old will make more with this new deal than he’s ever made in a season.

The contract also includes an option for the 2020 season. The Athletics are expected to use him as a middle reliever.

If they need him to do so, he could also make a spot start here and there when needed.

This will be Petit’s sixth team in his MLB career — and his third that has ties to the State of California. He has previously played for the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels, Washington Nationals and the Florida Marlins, who he made his debut within the 2006 season.

Last season with the Angels, he went 5-2 with a 2.76 ERA in 91 1/3 innings. He also had four saves and a start.

In his 10-year career, he has gone 28-34 with 59 starts in 257 games with a 4.31 ERA.

According to Baseball Reference, Petit is projected to go 4-3 with a 3.86 ERA and two saves. He only has six career saves in his decade-long career, but had four last season with the Angels.

He’s projected to pitch 77 innings in 2018 according to their projection.


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