The Marlins still haven’t announced their closer, and they picked up another candidate on Monday. Florida added Jorge Julio in a trade that sent disappointing prospect Yusmeiro Petit to the Diamondbacks.
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Julio, a 28-year-old righthander, was traded twice in 2006. The Orioles sent him to the Mets in January in the Kris Benson deal, and New York passed him on to Arizona in a May swap for Orlando Hernandez. Between the two clubs, Julio went 2-4, 4.23 with 16 saves (15 in 19 tries with the Diamondbacks) in 62 games. A hard thrower with little finesse, Julio had an 88-35 K-BB ratio in 66 innings while holding opponents to a .210 average, albeit with 10 homers. He’ll make $3.6 million this season and be eligible for free agency afterward. He has a career record of 13-28, 4.20 with 99 saves in 343 appearances.
Petit, a 22-year-old righty, bombed in his first big league trial last year, going 1-1, 9.57 in 15 games (one start) with the Marlins. Signed out Venezuela in 2001 by the Mets, he joined the Marlins as part of the Carlos Delgado trade in November 2005. He has enjoyed success throughout the minors, going 32-26, 3.02 with a 559-111 K-BB ratio in 498 innings, but his stats are better than his stuff. His changeup is his best pitch, but the velocity was down on his fringy fastball last year, and neither his curveball nor slider were as effective as they were in the past.
Petit’s stock isn’t what it once was, and it’s surprising that the Marlins got a useful reliever and possible closer for him. The Diamondbacks will save money by dealing him, but he could have helped their bullpen.