JUPITER -- The Florida Marlins today announced that they have acquired right-handed reliever Jorge Julio and cash from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed pitcher Yusmeiro Petit. The announcement was made by Marlins Executive Vice President and General Manager Larry Beinfest.
"This move to acquire Jorge Julio helps solidify the back end of our bullpen as he assumes the role of closer," said Marlins Manager Fredi Gonzalez. "With his experience and success, and the quality of arms we have in front of him, we now have a strong corps to finish out games."
Julio, 28, was 2-4, 4.23 with 16 saves overall with the Mets and Diamondbacks in 2006. He was acquired by Arizona on May 24 of last year in exchange for RHP Orlando Hernandez. Julio spent the first five years of his ML career with Baltimore, and has compiled a 13-28, 4.20 record with 99 saves in 343 relief appearances and has 345 strikeouts in 357.2 innings.
Julio was originally signed by Montreal as an non-drafted free agent on Feb. 14, 1996. He was born in Caracas, Venezuela.
Petit, 22, was acquired by the Marlins on November 24, 2005 from the Mets in a four-player trade. He was 1-1, 9.57 in 15 games over three stints with Florida in 2006 after making his ML debut on May 14.
I just made the move to pick up Julio. Unfortunately, I had to drop John Patterson, but I desperately needed saves.
Anyway... what are your feelings of Julio this year. I think he will be in for a good year. Closers have had significant success in FLA if they can hold their job.
I've seen the dude pitch. If he can be more consistent with his slider and have control on the fastball... he's a great pitcher. His k/ip ratio proves his talent. it's just a matter of being more consistent with it.