8:39pm: Done deal, both teams have announced the trade. Petit for a player to be named or cash, as Ortiz reported.
8:38pm: According to Jose de Jesus Ortiz, the Yankees have acquired infielder Gregorio Petit from the Astros. He was with Houston as a non-roster player and was recently reassigned to minor league camp, so he’s not on the 40-man roster. The Yankees are sending a player to be named later or cash to the Astros in the swap.
Petit, 30, hit .278/.300/.423 (102 OPS+) in exactly 100 plate appearances with the Astros last year. It was his first MLB action since 2009. Petit is a right-handed hitter and a career .269/.323/.373 career hitter in over 2,800 (!) Triple-A plate appearances. He has experience all over the infield and is considered a sound defender.
The Yankees lost Brendan Ryan to a calf injury earlier today and are still without Jose Pirela (concussion), so Petit helps replenish their infield depth. I wouldn’t assume he’s automatically the favorite to be the backup infielder during Ryan’s absence, however. He’s just an extra body.