Petit, 30, hit .278 with two home runs and nine RBI in 37 games for the Astros last season. At Houston's spring training, he was hitting .310 (9-for-29) in 18 Grapefruit League contests.
[daily_cut.mlb]Petit also appeared in 25 games for the Oakland Athletics in 2008 and 2009. Over his 62 career MLB games, Petit is a .278 hitter with two home runs and 10 RBI in 156 plate appearances.
After signing with the Oakland Athletics in 2001 as an amateur free agent, the Venezuelan has had stints with five Major League teams.
The Yankees will begin the season next Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York.
- Mike Fiammetta