SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pitcher Yusmeiro Petit, whose brilliant postseason in 2014 helped the Giants capture their third World Series in five years, was not offered a 2016 contract by San Francisco and became a free agent.
Catcher Hector Sanchez also was not offered a deal before Wednesday night’s deadline.
Petit set a major league record during 2014 by retiring 46 consecutive batters over eight appearances, six in relief, from July 22 to Aug. 28. The 31-year-old Venezuelan went 3-0 during the ’14 postseason, a year after he came close to throwing a perfect game.
He moved into the rotation in late August 2014 to replace struggling right-hander Tim Lincecum, then dazzled down the stretch and through his first postseason.
Petit carried a bid for a perfect game into the ninth inning against Arizona before allowing a two-out single to Eric Chavez on Sept. 6, 2013.