The vast majority of Gregorio Petit's career has been spent at the Triple-A level of various organizations, and it seemed like more of the same for the journeyman in 2016. The veteran began the season with Triple-A Salt Lake, but thanks to an injury to everyday shortstop Andrelton Simmons, Petit was called up by the big league club. He took full advantage of his increased role, slashing .283/.331/.421 with 15 RBI through the end of July, but as his playing time dwindled, so did his success. The Venezuelan product registered only two RBI and two runs scored over the last two months of the season. He was non-tendered this offseason, and even latching on with Blue Jays on a minor league pact, his upside is limited to that of a reserve utility infielder given the more established options Toronto has.
Petit signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports. Petit was designated for assignment by the Angels this offseason after a rough 2016 campaign in which the utility infielder posted a wRC+ of 78 over 89 games played. He'll likely serve as organizational infield depth for the Blue Jays in 2017.
Petit was non-tendered by the Angels on Friday, making him a free agent. Petit was designated for assignment by the Angels in late November to make 40-man room, and will now take his talents elsewhere. The 31-year-old posted a .245/.299/.348 line in 2016 while playing five different positions on defense, so he could have some value to teams as a utility man.
Petit was designated for assignment by the Angels on Monday. Petit was designated for assignment after the Angels agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder Ryan LaMarre. At 31 years old, Petit appeared in 89 games with the Angels in 2016 as a utility infielder and finished the year slashing .245/.299/.348. Assuming he accepts his assignment, he will likely begin the 2017 season with Triple-A Salt Lake.
Petit is getting his first career start in the outfield (left field) Wednesday against the Royals, the Los Angeles Times' Pedro Moura reports. He already has second base and shortstop eligibility in most formats, so it's not as if Petit lacked for positional value, but if he adds outfield eligibility it certainly wouldn't hurt. That said, his defensive versatility is about all he brings to the table, as he is hitting a very empty .276 with two home runs and fewer than 20 RBI and runs scored in 145 plate appearances.
Petit hit his second home run of the season, a grand slam, in Monday's loss to the Astros. Petit continues to make the most of the chance he is getting with Andrelton Simmons injured. Although he has a rough 7:25 BB:K, he now has two home runs and 10 doubles to give him a sharp .446 slugging percentage. As long as he hits for this kind of power, the Angels will have to find a spot for him in the infield just to keep his bat in the lineup. He has 15 career starts at third base and 21 at second base, versatility that will only help his case.