Yusmeiro Petit Claimed by Mariners from Diamondbacks

Hayato UwaiCorrespondent INovember 6, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Yusmeiro Petit #48 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 1, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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According to MLBTradeRumors.com, the Seattle Mariners have claimed right-hander Yusmeiro Petit from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The 24-year-old Petit went 3-10 with an ERA of 5.82 and a 1.52 WHIP in 89.2 innings (23 G/17 GS) last year.

Petit posted a solid K/9 rate of 7.43, but his BB/9 rate sat at 3.41, and he gave up 19 HRs.

Moving to pitcher-friendly Safeco Field and the Mariners' tough defense helps, but he needs to improve his fly ball rate (and home run rate) and walk rate to become a better pitcher.

He's still young, so if he can turn it around with Don Wakamatsu and Rick Adair, he may crack the rotation.

Another low-risk, high-reward move by Jack Zduriencik.