According to numerous outlets, right-handed pitcher Yusmeiro Petit has been claimed off waivers by the Mariners. (The Mariners have confirmed this pickup with a press release Thursday morning).
Not an earth-shattering move, but just another piece of pitching inventory being stockpiled by Jack Zduriencik. As the Arizona Republic story points out, Petit has allowed 1.96 home runs per nine innings, tied for the worst rate in major league history. Maybe Safeco Field will help with his longball problem. Or not.
Here are his stats, and here he is in action. Here’s his yearbook photo. OK, it’s not really his yearbook photo. Petit is a Venezuelan who will be 25 later this month, originally signed by the Mets, with stints in the Florida and Arizona organizations. The Mets sent him to the Marlins in the Carlos Delgado trade in 2005, and two years later the Marlins dealt him to the Diamondbacks for Jorge Julio (Jorge Julio. Now there’s someone that just fell off the face of the earth; one day I’m going to do a post on players that simply disappear from sight. They don’t retire; it’s just that one day, no one wants them any more, and poof, they’re gone. Kind of like Richie Sexson).
Oh, and congratulations to the New York Yankees, those gritty over-achievers who overcame their franchise’s lack of resources to win it all. And special kudos to Hideki Matsui, who had a great week Wednesday..