M’s Claim Yusmeiro Petit
The M’s continue to collect moderately interesting, low upside pitching without expending any resources. This time, they’ve claimed Yusmeiro Petit off waivers from the Diamondbacks. Petit is a Cha Seung Baek kind of pitcher – throws a lot of low velocity junk in the strike zone, gives up a ridiculous amount of fly balls (and correspondingly, home runs), but gets a decent amount of strikeouts because he’s willing to go upstairs with the fastball.
He’s not good, but he’s not horrible either. Safeco could help reduce his HR problem, which is his biggest issue, but as a right-hander with a minor league fastball, he’s kind of a worse version of Doug Fister. He’s certainly not one of the 11 or 12 best pitchers in the organization right now, and he’s out of options, so he can’t be stashed in Tacoma without clearing waivers.
He’s not a bad guy to have in spring training. If his change-up or breaking ball improves or he learns a two-seamer or something, he might turn out to be an okay back-end starter. Otherwise, he’s just a replacement level arm. But he was free, so the M’s have picked up a guy who might turn out to be useful for a few innings without paying anything to get him.
This is what freely available talent looks like.