Petit agreed to a one-year contract with the Nationals on Wednesday, pending a physical, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. The right-hander enjoyed a successful run with the Giants, posting a 3.66 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 245.2 innings (four seasons), but San Francisco decided his price tag for 2016 was simply too high. Petit has turned in sub-2.0 BB/9 rates in each of the last two seasons, but the strikeouts did drop off rather dramatically in 2015, and he is more of a flyball pitcher. Regardless, Petit will likely be able to carve out a similar long-relief role with his new club given his control.
The Giants declined to tender Petit a contract for 2016, Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group reports. While Petit turned in another fine season in 2015, posting a 3.67 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 76 innings, it seems the estimated price in his third year of arbitration was simply too much for San Francisco. Petit earned $2.1 million last season in his second year of arbitration. He should have plenty of potential suitors on the open market.
Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings of work in San Francisco's 5-3 loss to the Rockies on Saturday. Petit didn't have any issues until the fourth, when he allowed three consecutive batters to reach base safely, including an RBI double by Brandon Barnes. Then, he forced a groundout by Daniel Descalso, but that also brought home a run. In the sixth, Petit surrendered a two-run homer to Descalso. Petit, now 1-1, moved his ERA to 3.86 in 28 innings of work.
Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit will start the second game of a doubleheader Saturday against Colorado, unless he is needed out of the bullpen on Friday, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Petit made 12 starts last season. He owns a 3.27 ERA through his first 22 innings of relief this season.
Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit tossed the final three innings of Friday's 6-0 win over the Marlins to earn his first save of the season. It was not a traditional save opportunity, but Petit did not allow a hit over the three innings while striking out two and walking one.