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Athletics Sign Veteran Righty Yusmeiro Petit To Two-Year Deal

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The Oakland Athletics finalized their two-year, $10 million deal with right-handed reliever Yusmeiro Petit on Thursday.

Petit, 32, was reported to have reached an agreement with Oakland just one week prior; the deal was pending a passed physical.

“It’s nice to come to an organization that makes you comfortable. It will help me get used to the team and the culture,” said Petit, speaking to the Associated Press.

The 32-year-old has appeared in 10 Major League seasons for five teams since 2006 (didn’t play in 2010-11). Petit spent 2017 with the Los Angeles Angels, appearing in 60 games (one start) with a 2.76 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 91 1/3 innings.

Joining the Athletics continues a career trend for Petit of playing on the west coast since his ineffective rookie outing with the Florida Marlins. He was an Arizona Diamondback from 2007-09, and a San Francisco Giant from 2012-15 prior to impressing for the Angels this past season. The year prior, he was a Washington National.

Overall in 257 career games (59 starts), Petit is 28-34 with a 4.31 ERA spanning 628 1/3 innings; however, that mark is 3.59 in 399 innings since returning from his two-year absence in 2012.

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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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