The Nationals' bullpen makeover continued on Monday, as the team finalized a one-year contract with former Giants reliever Yusmeiro Petit. The contract is for one year with a team option for 2017.
Petit, 31, provides some versatility and experience to a Nats' bullpen that was a major weakness in 2015. He can pitch multiple innings in relief or even provide spot starts when needed.
"He's a terrific Major League pitcher," GM Mike Rizzo said. "He's a good swing guy, started games for a world championship team, pitched leverage innings in playoffs. He's battle tested and really gives the manager a lot of freedom and diversity. He can start, he can relieve, he can pitch multiple innings out of the bullpen, he can spot start for you and he can be in the rotation for you."
Petit went 1-1 with a 3.67 ERA in 42 games with San Francisco last season. He held a 3.66 ERA in 90 total games with the Giants from 2012-15. He debuted in 2006 with the Marlins before playing three years in Arizona with the Diamondbacks.
Nationals fans may remember Petit from the 2014 playoffs when he shut them out for six innings in Game 2 of the NLDS. That was a good example of the value he brings as a swingman relief pitcher.
Petit could help compensate for the loss of Craig Stammen, who missed much of the 2015 season with a forearm injury and is now a free agent. Petit could fill the same role as a right-hander slotted for the middle innings and long relief.