Oakland A’s to sign relievers Yusmeiro Petit, Sergio Romo

Oct 6, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Yusmeiro Petit (36) in the sixth inning of game two of the 2020 ALDS against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Athletics came to terms with a pair of bullpen-bolstering arms on Sunday, agreeing to re-sign right-hander Yusmeiro Petit while also adding righty Sergio Romo on a free-agent deal, according to multiple reports.

Both deals are reportedly for the 2021 season only. Petit is set to earn $2.55 million with some additional incentives included while Romo is expected to make $2.25 million.

The team has not yet confirmed the signings with neither player having received a physical.

Petit, 36, posted a career-low 1.66 ERA while going 2-1 with 17 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He has pitched for Oakland since 2018, where he has had his most sustained success (14-7, 2.73 ERA in 180 relief appearances in three seasons) as a big leaguer.

Petit has also pitched for the then-Florida Marlins (2006), Arizona Diamondbacks (2007-09), San Francisco Giants (2012-15), Washington Nationals (2016) and Los Angeles Angels (2017). He also played in the Seattle Mariners’ minor league system in 2010 and in the Mexican League in 2011 before returning to the majors.

In his 13 seasons, Petit is 42-41 as mostly a bullpen performer, sporting a 3.93 ERA over 437 appearances (59 starts).

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Romo, who turns 38 next month, has also played 13 seasons in the big leagues, with most of his career spent in the Bay Area with San Francisco (2008-16). He was a Giants bullpen mainstay on three World Series champions (2010, 2012, 2014), the last of which included Petit as a teammate.

Romo has pitched for four teams over the past four seasons, with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2017), Tampa Bay Rays (2017-18), Miami Marlins (2019) and Minnesota Twins (2019-20).

Romo is 41-34 with a 2.95 ERA over 732 career outings (five starts, often as an “opener” while with the Rays). He owns 134 career saves, including six seasons of 10 or more with a career-high of 38 in his lone All-Star season in 2013.

Last season with the Twins, Romo was 1-2 with a 4.05 ERA and five saves in 24 games (20 innings pitched).

–Field Level Media