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Phillies, Antonio Bastardo avoid arbitration

Jan 21, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

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Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies have avoided arbitration with reliever Antonio Bastardo by agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Bastardo requested $2.5 million and the Phillies countered at $1.675 million, so they’re settling slightly below the midpoint.

Bastardo’s season ended in early August when he received a 50-game suspension for Biogenesis involvement. He threw 43 innings with a 2.32 ERA and 47/21 K/BB ratio before the suspension and has a 3.12 ERA in 153 innings for the Phillies since the beginning of 2011.

  1. ochospantalones - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    They could still use more bullpen depth. I wonder if RAJ is trying to convince Larry Andersen to come out of the booth and give it another go.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      Mitch Williams might be available.

      • toodrunktotastethischicken - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM

        Ricky Bottalico and they could have a Phillies 200 reunion tour with Larry Bowa and Bobby Abreu

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        If so send him AA’s way, the jays desperately need pitching, CHEAP pitching!!

        Unfinished business: Starting pitching

        The rotation is full of question marks, starting with frontmen Dickey and Buehrle, neither of whom lived up to expectations in 2013. J.A. Happ, Brandon Morrow and Todd Redmond, the three pitchers currently penciled in to round out the unit, combined for just 42 big league starts and a 4.78 ERA (85 ERA+) in 2013 due to injuries and mediocrity. Happ missed 77 games after being hit in the head by a line drive, while Morrow lost four months to an entrapped nerve in his forearm; he’s totaled just 31 starts over the past two seasons. Between that trio, holdovers Kyle Drabek and Esmil Rogers and prospects Marcus Stroman and Sean Nolin — both of whom spent nearly all of last season at Double-A — the team has a variety of back-rotation options but nothing close to a sure thing who can fill a mid-rotation role.

        As such, the Blue Jays have scouted Japanese hurler Masahiro Tanaka, though they’re not serious players to sign him. They’re said to be a leading candidate to sign Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez

  2. jwbiii - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Has Swirly Lasorda commented on this?

  3. foreverchipper10 - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Tony No Dad!

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