Angels Sign Yusmeiro Petit to Minor-League Deal

Updated: February 8, 2017

The Angels continue to add pitching depth and make another move on Wednesday. The team has agreed on a minor-league deal with right-handed pitcher Yusmeiro Petit.

Yusmeiro Petit will receive an invite to Spring Training and compete for a spot on the Angels pitching staff. Petit has experience in both the rotation and bullpen. He could be a valuable asset for the Angels this upcoming season.

In 2016 Petit went 3-5 4.50 ERA in 36 games (one start) with the Washington Nationals. Petit got plenty of bullpen work with the Nats, finishing with one save and a career-high 16 games finished.

The Angels rotation has been struck by injuries to Nick Tropeano and Andrew Heaney. Both pitchers are coming off Tommy John surgery and might not pitch in 2017. That leaves a gap in the rotation where Petit could potentially side in.

This is how the Angels 2017 rotation is shaping up. Starters Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs are coming off injured 2016 campaigns. Matt Shoemaker should be ready Opening Day, but saw some time on the disabled list. Ricky Nolasco should be a steady option in the rotation. Assuming the four pitchers just named are healthy Opening Day that leaves one spot left.

Pitchers Jesse Chavez, Alex Meyer, Bud Norris, and Petit will be fighting for one spot in Spring Training. All four of them have some bullpen experience and could be options in the bullpen.

Petit has played in parts of nine Major League seasons and has a legitimate shot at making the 25-man roster. This is a good move by the Angels to stockpile pitching depth in case of injuries. As rotation problems crushed them last year, the Angels are making sure that won’t happen in 2017.

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