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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Phillies sign pitcher Antonio Bastardo to a one-year contract


By on 1/22/2014 08:00:00 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies struggled last season getting the ball to closer Jonathan Papelbon.  That was largely due to the fact that Mike Adams, who was signed last off season to be the setup man, missed the majority of the season with injury.  One member of the bullpen who can help at the end of the game, Antonio Bastardo, has been resigned to a one-year contract. 

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. 

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