Julio has 99 major league saves, including 16 last season, and
is expected to become the closer in a young Marlins bullpen.
"We thought it was the right thing to do, given the composition
of the bullpen, to bring in the experience, a guy who has closed,
and push some other components back in the 'pen," Florida general
manager Larry Beinfest said.
The 28-year-old Julio went 2-4 with a 4.23 ERA in 62 appearances
with the Diamondbacks and New York Mets last year. The right-hander
was Arizona's closer for part of the season, earning 15 saves in 19
Julio began his career with Baltimore in 2001 and saved 83 games
for the Orioles from 2002-04.
"It's good for me, because this team is giving me the
opportunity to be the closer," Julio said. "I'm so happy."
The 22-year-old Petit made his big league debut last year with
Florida, going 1-1 with a 9.57 ERA in 15 games. The right-hander
has been a starter throughout his minor league career.