The Seattle Mariners claimed right-handed pitcher Yusmeiro Petit off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.
The 24-year-old Petit appeared in 23 games for the Diamondbacks last season, going 3-10 with a 5.82 ERA. In 17 starts, he pitched 83 innings and was 3-9 with 5.72 ERA and 71 strikeouts.
Petit also pitched briefly for the Florida Marlins in 2006. Overall he is 10-20 with a 5.57 ERA in 71 appearances, including 36 starts.
Hermida traded to Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox acquired outfielder Jeremy Hermida, a former first-round draft choice, from the Florida Marlins for left-handers Hunter Jones and Jose Alvarez.
Hermida was the 11th overall pick in 2002 but has yet to fulfill his projected potential. He was among Florida’s best-paid players this year at $2.25 million but hit only .259 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI in 129 games.
While the Marlins cut payroll, they also added pitching.
Jones (4-3, 4.25 ERA for Triple-A Pawtucket) is expected to compete for a bullpen spot in spring training. Alvarez was 9-4 with a 2.26 ERA pitching in Single-A.
Abreu signs two-year deal
Turning down the chance to become a free agent again, outfielder Bobby Abreu agreed to a $19 million, two-year contract to stay with the Los Angeles Angels.
“I really feel happy here with Los Angeles,” Abreu said. “I really enjoy to play for them, and I think when they started with the conversation for the contract and we didn’t have any problems back and forth, it was a nice negotiation.
“It was no problem to stay and come back with the Angels.”
Abreu hit .293 with 15 homers, 103 RBI, 30 steals and 94 walks as Los Angeles won the AL West and advanced to the AL Championship Series.
Jamie McCourt bid denied
The wife of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt lost her bid to be reinstated as the team’s chief executive during a hearing in the couple’s messy divorce. Jamie McCourt, 55, was fired last month by her husband, Frank McCourt, who claims she was having an affair with her bodyguard-driver, also a Dodgers employee who was fired, and was doing a poor job in her role as chief executive.
Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon ruled that no state law supports Jamie McCourt’s bid to get her job back.
Gordon has yet to decide whether the Dodgers are considered community or separate property.
Former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle was hired as the new hitting coach for the Rangers. Hurdle takes over the job that Rudy Jaramillo held for 15 years before leaving for a three-year contract to become hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs. … Pitcher John Lackey and outfielder Matt Holliday were among 79 players who filed for free agency on the first possible day of filing. Outfielder Jason Bay, first baseman Carlos Delgado, pitcher John Smoltz and reliever Billy Wagner also filed as did pitcher Jon Garland after the Dodgers declined his $10 million option. He’ll receive a $2.5 million buyout. …
The Diamondbacks declined Chad Tracy’s $7 million option and will pay the infielder a $1 million buyout. … Florida first baseman-outfielder Ross Gload also became a free agent. … Mark Kotsay agreed to a $1.5 million contract to remain with the White Sox rather than become eligible for free agency. The 33-year-old infielder and outfielder hit .278 with four homers and 23 RBI in 67 games combined with Boston and Chicago. … About 100 more players are potentially eligible to file by the Nov. 19 deadline. ...
The Rockies agreed to an $850,000, one-year contract with right-hander Matt Belisle and a $650,000, one-year deal with left-hander Randy Flores. … The Atlanta Braves and Tim Hudson are nearing agreement on a three-year contract. Hudson’s agent, Paul Cohen, said the sides are getting closer to a deal but no agreement has been finalized.