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Antonio Bastardo | Relief Pitcher | #59

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 198
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / UDFA / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates are willing to eat some of Antonio Bastardo's $6.5 million salary in a trade.
The Pirates currently have four lefties projected for their bullpen, but they'd like someone to take Bastardo off their hands. The southpaw is coming off a season where he posted a 4.52 ERA and walked 32 over 67 2/3 innings, but he did strike out 74. Walks are always an issue for Bastardo, but he's not a bad buy low option if the Pirates pay down a big chunk of his deal. Sun, Dec 4, 2016 01:32:00 PM

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Pirates acquired LHP Antonio Bastardo and cash considerations from the Mets for LHP Jon Niese.

Bastardo posted a disappointing 4.74 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 41 appearances with the Mets this season, but he has enjoyed success in Pittsburgh in the past and will hope for a rebound in his return to the organization. The 30-year-old is under contract for $6.5 million in 2017, though it's unclear how much money the Mets are kicking in.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 04:44:00 PM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, it "sounds like" the Mets might only pursue minor league deals to complete their bullpen.

The Mets just added Antonio Bastardo on a two-year, $12 million deal and shocked the baseball world by re-signing Yoenis Cespedes to a three-year, $75 million contract, so they might be tapped out. The club could clearly use some additional bullpen depth, especially after designating Carlos Torres for assignment. Ultimately, some pitchers could be open to joining the Mets on a minor league deal because of the opportunity and the team's position as the favorites in the National League East.
Tue, Jan 26, 2016 03:55:00 PM

Mets signed LHP Antonio Bastardo to a two-year, $12 million deal.

The 30-year-old southpaw was terrific out of the Pirates bullpen in 2015, registering a 2.98 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 64/23 K/BB ratio across 57 1/3 innings. He'll work in a setup role in front of closer Jeurys Familia.
Fri, Jan 22, 2016 06:32:00 PM

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Mets have signed left-hander Antonio Bastardo.

It's a two-year, $12 million deal, per's Jesse Sanchez. Bastardo, 30, posted a 2.98 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 64/26 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings last season for the Pirates while holding left-handed batters to a .138/.233/.215 slash line. He should fit in nicely with the Mets' current bullpen mix. Bastardo also drew interest this winter from the Blue Jays, Orioles, Twins, Cubs, and Dodgers.
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 07:33:00 PM

Robert Murray of reports that the Blue Jays, Orioles, Dodgers and Mets are showing interest in Antonio Bastardo.

Bastardo is seeking a contract similar to the three-year, $18 million deal that Tony Sipp landed, which isn't an unreasonable ask given that he's over two years younger. The veteran reliever put up a 2.98 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 64/26 K/BB ratio across 57 1/3 innings with the Pirates last season.
Tue, Jan 19, 2016 08:03:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Orioles and Mets are in talks with free agent reliever Antonio Bastardo.

Per Olney, the O's and Mets are "among those teams involved in talks," so there could be a few mystery teams floating in the midst here. The 30-year-old southpaw reliever's reportedly looking for a contract in the range of the three-year, $18 million deal Tony Sipp inked with the Astros in mid-December. Bastardo held a 2.98 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 64/26 K/BB ratio across 57 1/3 innings with the Pirates last season.
Tue, Jan 5, 2016 09:10:00 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that Antonio Bastardo wants a "Tony Sipp type deal in free agency."

Sipp signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Astros last week. That's the going rate for a reliable left-handed specialist, and Bastardo is coming off a year in which he registered a 2.98 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 64 strikeouts across 57 2/3 innings. The 30-year-old southpaw does have chronic control issues, but he'll do very well for himself anyway in a market that is short on legitimate major league relievers.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 02:16:00 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins have interest in free agent reliever Antonio Bastardo.

How far that interest will go depends on the price and Bastardo figures to do well for himself after another left-hander, Tony Sipp, recently got three years and $18 million from the Astros. Bastardo has averaged 4.3 BB/9 for his career, but he's coming off a 2.98 ERA with 64 strikeouts over 57 1/3 innings.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 11:56:00 AM

Robert Murray of reports that the Cubs met with the agents of Antonio Bastardo on Tuesday.

The Cubs appear set at left-handed relief with Travis Wood and Rex Brothers and in their bullpen in general, so it's unclear what the fit would be here. Bastardo can help someone, as he held a 2.98 ERA with 64 strikeouts over 57 1/3 innings in 2015.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 06:52:00 PM

Antonio Bastardo recorded his first save of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's 5-2 victory over the Padres.

Regular closer Mark Melancon had thrown a total of 52 pitches over his previous three outings, so he was presumably getting a day of rest. Bastardo issued a leadoff walk to Clint Barmes, but struck out Melvin Upton, Jr. and Will Middlebrooks consecutively before getting Derek Norris to ground out to end the game. Don't expect Bastardo to see many more save opportunities the rest of the way.
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 10:09:00 PM

Pirates activated LHP Antonio Bastardo from the paternity leave list.

Bastardo had been away from the club since last weekend. Bobby LaFromboise has been optioned in a corresponding move.
Fri, May 15, 2015 12:07:00 PM

Pirates placed LHP Antonio Bastardo on the paternity leave list.

Bastardo should be back in a couple days. The left-hander has allowed 12 hits and five earned runs in seven innings (11 appearances) this season for the Pirates.
Mon, May 11, 2015 03:04:00 PM

Pirates and LHP Antonio Bastardo avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.1 million contract.

It's a nice raise for Bastardo, who was in his final year of arbitration eligibility. The left-handed reliever will be a key piece in the Pirates' bullpen in 2015 after coming over from the Phillies in a trade.
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 12:47:00 PM

Pirates acquired LHP Antonio Bastardo from the Phillies for LHP Joely Rodriguez.

The Bucs were on the hunt for left-handed relief this winter and decided to go the trade route to find some (it's a weak free agent market for such needs). Bastardo has held left-handed batters to a .185/.284/.337 slash line in his career and he's also been pretty effective against righties. The 29-year-old can become a free agent after the 2015 season.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 06:31:00 PM

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2Daniel Hudson
3Felipe Rivero
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5Juan Nicasio
6Antonio Bastardo
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