Yankees News: Yankees Acquire Gregorio Petit From The Astros


With Brendan Ryan going down with a grade two calf strain, the Yankees were looking for an upgrade as a backup infielder. They didn’t want to go with Nick Noonan or Cole Figueroa. Rob Refsnyder as a backup just didn’t make any sense. Why ruin his development? The Yankees made a trade with the Houston Astros tonight to fill that need for a utility infielder. They acquired Gregorio Petit in exchange for a player to be named or cash.

Petit can play second, short and third, which is something that the Yankees could use with Ryan out. This acquisition probably means that Ryan may be out for quite a while.

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He played in 37 games for the Astros last season compiling a .278/.300/.423 with two homers and nine RBI. It was the first time he had been in the majors since 2009. He appeared at all three positions for the Astros in 2014.  In AAA for the Astros last season, he hit .297/.340/.457 with 10 homers and 43 RBI in 87 games.

Petit has been in AAA for the Indians, Padres, A’s and Rangers during his career. Petit had a .8 WAR last year compared to Ryan’s -1.4.

Petit clearly has more pop than Ryan and Figureoa and is a better fit for the bench than Refsnyder. Can Petit win the bench spot? He’s only got a few days to prove that he can win the spot.

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