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.
The Seattle Mariners have acquired infielder Ryon Healy from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHP Emilio Pagan and infielder Alexander Campos.
Healy, 25, put together a great stat line in Oakland, this past season. He hit .271 with 25 home runs and 78 RBIs. Healy has only played in 222 games in his two year career, with 149 of those games coming from last season. He has shown that he is a power hitter with a lot of potential in the future. In those 222 games, he has hit 38 home runs.
It is quite unclear why the Athletics want to move on from Healy after just two seasons. He has five more years of control left until he is expected to hit free agency after the 2022 season. Healy does strike out a lot though. He has struck out 22.35% of the time since his call-up during the 2016 season.
Healy and Khris Davis, who stills plays for Oakland, were considered to be the "bash brothers" of the team. Both hit a lot of home runs but constantly found themselves striking out a lot.
Many are not sure what Healy's role will be for the Mariners next season. There is an opening at the first base position, with Dan Vogelbach currently number one on the depth chart. Healy does have some experience playing first base. He played the position 39 times in 2017.
The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a deal with the Oakland Athletics to acquire veteran outfielder Rajai Davis, per Evan Drellich of CSN New England.
The addition of Rajai Davis will help the Red Sox in the long haul. Boston's starting center fielder, Jackie Bradley Jr., hit the disabled list earlier today. Davis will help fill Bradley Jr's absence. Davis is a valuable asset because he can play all three outfield positions and he is one of the best on the bases.
At 36-years-old, Davis still plays like he is 24 years old. Last season, he led the American League in stolen bases (43). Also, he helped contribute to the Cleveland Indians' magical postseason run. He also hit a game tying home run off of Chicago Cubs' closer Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 of the World Series.
This season with Oakland, Davis is batting .233 with 5 HRs and 18 RBIs. He is fourth amongst American League players for stolen bases, which he owns 26 of this season.
The Oakland Athletics have acquired right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for $500,000 in international spending money.
Hatcher, 32, has struggled with the Dodgers this season. Once a catcher, Hatcher converted to a pitcher nearly nine seasons ago in the Miami Marlins organization. This season, Hatcher is 0-1, with an unpleasant 4.66 ERA in 26 relief appearances. Even though his numbers are not pretty, it is impressive how he has put together a 10.5 K/9 ratio this season, which is a career high. Also, his walks numbers are down to a stunning 2.9 BB/9 ratio, which is his lowest since he put together a career low 1.9 BB/9 in 2014. Hatcher has a high-end fastball that can reach the upper 90's. He tends to be a ground ball pitcher.
Hatcher will add veteran experience to Oakland's bullpen. He is eligible for arbitration after the season, and he is set to hit free agency after the 2019 season.
The New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics have agreed to a blockbuster trade that will send all-star pitcher Sonny Gray to the Bronx in exchange for OF's Jorge Mateo, Dustin Fowler, and pitcher James Kaprielian, per Yes' Jack Curry and Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan.
The Yankees have been trying to acquire Sonny Gray for the past two weeks and they have finally landed their guy. GM Billy Beane of the Athletics wanted the sensational Estevan Florial and Mateo in exchange for Gray but it appears the two sides reached an agreement with Fowler and Mateo instead.
Gray, 27, has pitched stellar all season. He is 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA this year. Gray has three more seasons of control left on his contract before he is set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. With Pineda and maybe Tanaka hitting the free agent market after the season, the Yankees will look up to Gray to lead their rotaton.
Mateo, 22, made the conversion to center field after playing shortstop for most of his pro career. In High-A and AA this year, Mateo has slashed a line of .258/.318/.438 with 8 HRs and 37 RBIs. Entering the season, MLB.com had him ranked as #47 on their prospect ranking list.
Fowler, 22, has appeared in only one major league game in his career and it came this season. Before he can bat for the first time in his career, he dove into a wall to make a catch in right field and ruptured his right patella tendon. He will not be playing again this year, as he recovers from surgery. While he spent some time in AAA this year, he batted .293 with 13 HRs and 47 RBIs. Fowler has the capability to play all three outfield positions.
Kaprielian, 23, is recovering from tommy John surgery. He is expected to be ready before spring training next season. The righty pitcher has only reached High-A.