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Nationals sign Yusmeiro Petit to one-year contract

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Yusmeiro Petit was a surprising non-tender earlier this month by the Giants. Unsurprisingly, he has already found a new home.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Nationals have reached a one-year deal with Petit, pending a physical. No word yet on the financial terms.

Petit posted a solid 3.67 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 59/15 K/BB ratio in 76 innings this past season for San Francisco. He has experience both as a starter and reliever.

Washington figures to use him in a long relief role.

Dustin Pedroia suffers a “significant setback” in his recovery

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Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has suffered “a significant setback” with his left knee, making his availability for spring training questionable. Abraham says that Pedroia is “discussing his options with his family, agents, and the Sox.”

Pedroia underwent “knee joint preservation” surgery last year, which is often used as an alternative to full knee replacement. As it was, he played in only three games in 2018 and appeared in just six games in 2019, accruing just three hits in 34 plate appearances.

In light of the severity of his injury, the severity of his surgery and all of the time he’s missed over the past few years, it was already something of a long shot for Pedroia play again as it was. Indeed, he himself was not even sure if he’d play again when asked at one point last season. But this sounds positively dire.