As reported by Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, the Phillies and left-hander Antonio Bastardo avoided salary arbitration Tuesday when they agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal. Last week the two sides were fairly far apart, with the Phillies offering $1.675 million and Bastardo asking for $2.5 million.
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Bastardo is the primary left-hander out of the Phillies' bullpen. The only other left-handed relieves on the 40-man roster are Joe Savery, Jeremy Horst and Jake Diekman.
Although Bastardo served a 50-game suspension last season for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy, he still finished with a 3-2 record and 2.32 ERA in 48 games.
Bastardo was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2005. His best overall season was in 2011, when he went 6-1 with a 2.64 ERA in 64 games. He struck out 70 and allowed only 28 hits in 58 innings. In 208 career games, Bastardo is 15-11 with a 3.65 ERA.