The former Giants pitcher has agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the A’s, according to The Athletic. The deal includes a club option for a third season.
According to the report, Petit will make $3.5 million in 2018, $5.5 million in 2019 and has a $1 million buyout or $5.5 million club option for 2020.
Petit pitched in San Francisco from 2012 to 2015. The 33-year-old spent the 2016 season with the Nationals and pitched for the Angels in 2017. Last season, Petit appeared in 60 games for the Angels. He posted a 2.76 ERA and struck out 101 batters in 91.1 innings. Petit’s most notable season with the Giants came in 2014.
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He made 12 starts and appeared in 39 games overall. In 117 innings, he struck out 133 batters and registered a 3.67 ERA. He mostly pitched in the middle innings early in the season, but graduated to higher leverage situations as the year went on and he proved his value.
Petit will add some length to a bullpen that figures to be anchored by Blake Treinen, who shined in Oakland after being acquired from the Nationals in the trade that sent Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to Washington. Manager Bob Melvin’s bullpen figures to also feature right-handers Santiago Casilla, Ryan Dull and Chris Hatcher (assuming Hatcher is tendered a contract). His experience working in longer stints could also give Melvin and the A’s some flexibility to utilize him as an occasional spot starter should the need arise, though it seems likely that he’ll be relied upon as a bullpen arm rather than a candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation.