3 free agents the Oakland A’s can bring back
By David Hill
Yusmeiro Petit is one of those pitchers who just keeps getting outs.
A key part of the Oakland A’s bullpen for the last four years, Petit is the type of arm who pitches nearly every day. He does not have overpowering stuff any longer, relying on weak contact and his ability to spot his pitches to get outs. It may not always be pretty, but it has proven to be effective.
That was the case last year as well. Petit posted a solid 3.92 ERA and a 1.038 WHiP in his 78 innings, striking out 37 batters with 12 walks. While those numbers may not be exciting, Petit did hold the opposition to a .233/.264/.395 batting line as he was one of the more reliable arms in the A’s bullpen.
While he has been effective over the years, Petit is not going to cost much. He does not light up the radar gun, going away from the preferred flamethrowers that march out of the bullpen. The A’s would certainly welcome his consistency, especially as their relief corps could be volatile this season.
Yusmeiro Petit is not going to excite anyone. However, he can still be an effective part of the Oakland A’s bullpen.