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Antonio Bastardo | Relief Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 198
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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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. Jan 16 - 12:47 PM

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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

Robert Murray of MLB Daily Rumors reports that the Pirates have acquired left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Phillies.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal is confirming the news and Joel Sherman of the New York Post says pitching prospect Joely Rodriguez is headed to Philly in return. Bastardo had been connected recently to the Red Sox, but the Bucs apparently jumped in with the better offer. The southpaw struck out 81 batters in 64 innings this past season for Philadelphia and owns a cool 3.29 ERA since the beginning of the 2013 campaign.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 05:44:00 PM

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Pirates are pursuing a trade for Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo.

The Phillies have also discussed a deal with the Red Sox, who are reportedly offering infield prospect Sean Coyle in return. Salisbury writes that the market for Bastardo is "heating up," so the Phillies should be able to get an interesting piece in a trade.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 01:56:00 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Red Sox and Phillies have discussed the parameters of a trade that would send Antonio Bastardo to Boston.

Philly would get infield prospect Sean Coyle in return, though there could be other moving parts here and Cotillo says "it's unclear" whether the talks are still progressing. Bastardo struck out 81 batters in 64 innings of relief this past season for the Phillies. He owns a 3.29 ERA since the beginning of the 2013 campaign.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 02:03:00 PM

Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News considers Antonio Bastardo the Phillies player most likely to be traded this offseason.

Bastardo had an up-and-down 2014 season with a 3.94 ERA, but he also struck out 81 over 64 innings and has been one of the better left-handed setup men in the NL over the last few years. However, he's due for a raise in his final year of arbitration after making $2 million this year, and the Phillies have burgeoning bullpen stud Jake Diekman from the left side. Bastardo could fetch a decent return and allow Philly to reallocate some funds towards a more pressing need.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 10:14:00 AM

Phillies and LHP Antonio Bastardo avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Bastardo requested $2.5 million and was offered $1.675 million from the Phillies when arbitration figures were exchanged last week. The two sides found a middle ground on Tuesday evening. Bastardo will be back in a setup role for Philadelphia this season after sitting out the final 50 games of the 2013 campaign on a PED suspension.
Tue, Jan 21, 2014 05:14:00 PM

Antonio Bastardo requested $2.5 million and was offered $1.675 million from the Phillies when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 28-year-old southpaw missed the final 50 games of the 2013 season due to a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. It's not fully clear what his role will be upon his return to the team, but there's a chance he could return to being second in line for saves behind closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 09:03:00 PM

Phillies activated LHP Antonio Bastardo from the restricted list.

Bastardo's PED suspension is up, but he's not with the team. It's a procedural move made simply in order to put him back on the 40-man roster.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 11:48:00 AM

Antonio Bastardo has accepted a 50-game performance-enhancing drug suspension from MLB.

Bastardo is one of the newest players connected to Biogenesis, as his name wasn't floated publicly in regard to the scandal until FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal passed along news of his suspension on Monday. The 27-year-old left-hander had a 2.32 ERA and 47/21 K/BB ratio over 42 2/3 innings this season for Philly. He will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 12:59:00 PM

Antonio Bastardo has a 2.35 ERA through 19 appearances despite a mediocre 1.43 WHIP.

Bastardo has also blown two saves. He's punching out 4.6 less hitters per nine innings then he did last year, when he had a poor 4.33 ERA, and he's allowing more hits and walks. If Bastardo doesn't become stingier with base runners, his peripherals will begin to wreak havoc on his ERA.
Fri, May 24, 2013 02:06:00 AM

Phillies avoided arbitration with LHP Antonio Bastardo by agreeing to a one-year, $1.4 million contract.

It's the first year of arbitration eligibility for Bastardo, who could earn more through award bonuses. The left-hander has posted a nice 3.44 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 12.4 K/9 rate over the lat two years for the Phillies. He'll help set up for Jonathan Papelbon again in 2013.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 12:18:00 PM

Antonio Bastardo tossed a scoreless inning Wednesday in the Phillies' 7-6 defeat of the Rockies.

Bastardo hadn't pitched in six days due to a cut above his left eye, which he suffered in a weight room accident. The righty has a 2.42 ERA in 22 1/3 innings this year.
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 08:42:00 AM

Antonio Bastardo is not expected to be available Saturday.

Bastardo is currently sidelined due to a cut above his left eye which was suffered as a result of a self-inflicted weight room injury. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said that Bastardo could miss multiple games due to swelling and possible infection.
Sat, Jun 16, 2012 12:02:00 PM

Antonio Bastardo is currently sidelined due to a cut above his left eye which was suffered as a result of a self-inflicted weight room injury.

Seriously. The injury occurred after Bastardo gave up a run to the Twins on Wednesday and decided to take his frustrations out on a squat machine. He required stitches to repair a large cut above the eye, which was nearly swollen shut after Friday's game. He could miss multiple days.
Fri, Jun 15, 2012 11:15:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
4Wilkin Castillo
5Sebastian Valle
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
2B1Neil Walker
2Sean Rodriguez
3Steve Lombardozzi
4Gustavo Nunez
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Jung Ho Kang
3Pedro Florimon
4Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
2Deibinson Romero
3Brent Morel
LF1Starling Marte
2Jose Tabata
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Gorkys Hernandez
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5Vance Worley
6Jeff Locke
7Charlie Leesman
8Clayton Richard
9Chris Volstad
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4John Holdzkom
5Jared Hughes
6Radhames Liz
7Stolmy Pimentel
8Brad Lincoln
9Brandon Cumpton
10Arquimedes Caminero
11Rob Scahill
12Bobby LaFromboise
13Blake Wood
14Deolis Guerra