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Yusmeiro Petit aspires to stay in Oakland

With their 2019 campaign officially behind them, A's management is beginning to work through the decisions they'll need to make over the winter. And one of those that they will have to implement in the very short term focuses on the future of Venezuelan reliever Yusmeiro Petit.

The 35-year-old right-hander, who made his major league debut with the Marlins in 2006, is waiting for the club to confirm whether he will take the $5.5 million option set out in his contract for 2020, though the player himself said after Wednesday's loss against the Tampa Rays, in the match that decided the American League wild card, which has not been heard if the Athletics will exercise it, according to Martin Gallegos of the digital portal mlb.com.

But Petit wants to stay with the Oakland club and definitely seems to have the merits to stay there. Previously a member of teams including the Giants, Nationals and Angels, Petit joined the A's in a guaranteed two-year, $10 million deal in November 2017.

At the time, he had just had a strong season with the Angels, in which he was the reliever with the most innings pitched (91.1) and appearances (60), while posting a stupendous 2.76 ERA and going 5-2.

Petit has continued his path as an effective workhorse during his career in Oakland, where he has put up another 176 innings and a good 2.86 ERA in 176 innings over the past two seasons.

This year, for example, it was líder of the American League in appearances with 80 and his ERA was 2.71. His eighty games in 2019 are the third-highest figure in the history of this legendary franchise. He is second only to Billy Koch's 84 games in the 2002 edition and John Wyatt's 81 games in the 1964 season.

Although the A's are regularly one of the lowest-payroll teams in the majors, it wouldn't be a surprise to see them retain Petit for a reasonable salary. They'll decide what to do with him, not to mention fellow established veterans like Jake Diekman and Blake Treinen in the coming weeks.

If the A's are inclined not to exercise the option on Petit's contract, they will have to pay him $XNUMX million, as stipulated in the buyout clause. That way he would have a chance to explore the free agent market.

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