The bullpen situation has been the one thing on everyone’s minds despite the insane offseason the Angels have had. The club signed Yusmeiro Petit to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Should he make the squad, the deal comes with a $2.25 million dollar base salary with an additional $1.25 million in incentives.
Petit was once a big part of the success of the Giants, working both out of the bullpen and the rotation at times. In 2014, he set a record, retiring 46 consecutive batters out of the pen.
In 2016, Petit worked out of the Nationals’ bullpen, posting a 4.50 ERA with a 7.1 K/9, 1.7 BB/9, and a 41.5 percent ground-ball rate in 62 innings. He also made one start and was stellar until August, when something gave way and allowed half his runs for the season in the final two months. It was probably a fluke, and the Halos may have stolen this one.