The Oakland Athletics and veteran pitcher Yusmeiro Petit have agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal also includes a club option for the 2020 season and is pending a physical.
The deal's financial terms come out to $3.5 million in 2018, $5.5 million in 2019, and a $5.5 million club option in 2020 with a $1 million buyout.
Petit, 33, will come in handy for the Athletics because he is a versatile pitcher. He can come into a game early on and give a team at least three-four innings, he can be used as a spot starter, and he can be used as a late-inning reliever, given his dominant 2016 with the Los Angeles Angels. Petit will also serve as a mentor for the A's young pitching staff.
During the 2016 season, Petit was one of the Angels' most reliable pitchers. In 91 1/3 innings pitched, Petit struck out 101 batters and had a 2.76 ERA. Petit impressed with a minimal walk rate, as he walked just 1.8 hitters per every nine innings.
Petit has been around the majors for a while. He debuted with the Florida Marlins in 2006, and has also played with the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Fransisco Giants, Washington Nationals, and the LA Angels. During his ten year career, Petit has a career ERA of 4.31 and a record of 28-34.