Oakland A’s Sign Yusmeiro Petit

With only one business day left in November, the biggest free agent signing so far is today’s signing of Yusmeiro Petit for two years and $10 million (including a team option for a third season).  mlbtraderumors.com had a great article today, linking to a great article from Jeff Passan regarding the most likely reasons why the free agent market has been so slow to develop this off-season.

Signing Yusmeiro Petit is hardly anyone’s idea of a block-buster deal, but he does have his uses.  He eats up a whole lot of innings in middle relief without giving up a whole lot of runs, and he can spot start and even close games (he has six saves over the last three seasons) when needed.

The amount the A’s guaranteed him is a lot for a middle reliever, but it’s quite likely that coming off his best season since 2014, the A’s may have him make double digit starts in 2018 if he proves himself up to it.  When you’re a team like the A’s, trying to do move with less, a player who provides the flexibility you get from Petit has value, as we can see from the substantial deal the A’s gave him as he moves into his age 33 season.

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One Comment on “Oakland A’s Sign Yusmeiro Petit”

  1. Burly Says:

    As of December 1st, Wellington Castillo’s two-year $15 million free agent contract is the biggest of the MLB post-season so far.


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