The MLB lockout has been problematic for virtually everyone in the game. That includes free agents such as Yusmeiro Petit, as the former Oakland A’s reliever remains unsigned. While that will presumably change once the lockout ends, Petit still needs to find a way to stay in shape until a team comes calling.
He has found a way to do just that. He will be working out with the Acereros de Monclova during the lockout, getting ready for whenever the major league season begins.
Yusmeiro Petit getting hand from Acereros de Monclova
This is certainly a proposition that works for both sides. Petit can get himself into game shape and could potentially have a jump on the beginning of the season. Meanwhile, he can help teach the younger players on the Acereros while showing them what it takes to reach the majors.
Petit could also have another option due to this agreement. If the lockout drags on, it would not be a surprise if he signed a one year deal with Monclova for 2022. He would have some familiarity with the players and coaching staff, making that transition a bit easier.
Although he is not likely to command a large salary, there should still be plenty of opportunities for Petit to return to the majors for the upcoming season. He turned in a typically solid performance in 2021, posting a 3.92 ERA and a 1.038 WHiP in his 78 innings. While he is not even close to the typical flamethrowers in the bullpen, striking out just 37 batters, he issued only 12 walks as he held the opposition to a .233/.264/.395 batting line. That performance would work for virtually any team.
Petit is also the most likely of any of the A’s free agents to return. He has been a part of the bullpen for the past four years, turning in solid performances despite his limited velocity. Considering that he does not light up the radar guns and is 37 years old, he may not receive much attention again this offseason.
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Yusmeiro Petit is training with the Acereros de Monclova during the lockout. He could have an advantage once the season begins.