The right-hander was bad in 2020, but he was absolutely lights out in 2019, which represents the bigger sample.
There is still time and money to bring another veteran reliever, but the unit won’t be elite unless a couple of pitchers already on the roster take the next step.
After a flurry of activity to end January the Yankees have seen four new players enter the ranked prospect list.
The submarining righty fits nicely into Adam Ottavino’s old spot while giving the Yankees payroll flexibility.
The Yankees are gambling on Darren O’Day, who hasn’t thrown more than 20 innings since 2017, being the fourth horseman of the 2021 bullpen.
With a nearly untouched selection of arms from last year’s club, the Yankees are ready to run it back with a couple of minor changes.
Having renovated their rotation, the Bombers should fortify their bullpen. A stalwart like Petit could help.
The rotation was an ambitious ask, but the Yankees’ pitching youth movement now might shift to the bullpen.