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Phillies drawing lots of interest in Antonio Bastardo

Jul 23, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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While we wait to see if the Phillies will end up trading aces Cole Hamels and/or Cliff Lee, it sounds likely that reliever Antonio Bastardo will be moved before July 31.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that at least a handful of teams are interested in Bastardo and have been scouting the left-hander. Last night manager Ryne Sandberg was full of praise for the setup man when speaking to the media, to the point Salisbury noted that “it almost sounded like a sales pitch” to suitors.

Durability and control have been issues for Bastardo over the years, but there’s no denying his ability to dominate. He has a 3.58 ERA and 296 strikeouts in 239 career innings, including a 3.27 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 44 innings this season.

Bastardo is also under team control for 2015 via arbitration, so the Phillies should be able to get more value for him than a typical two-month rental.

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  1. pjcostello - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Why trade him at all…??

    • chadjones27 - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      PJ, Because the team is in the basement and you don’t build for the future around bull-pen help.

    • chew1985 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      He’s solid, cheap and he’s lefthanded. Makes no sense to ship him off; especiallly considering they’ll get nothing in return since Amaro is the one making the deal. Get Pat Gillick in for the next week and a half to do the fire sale right. PLEASE.

      The Phillies are finally getting a good looking bullpen put together. There’s nothing wrong with these guys staying together over the next 4-5 years. That’s how baseball used to be FYI.

      • chadjones27 - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        I understand the reasons why you could keep him, but just because Amaro’s an idiot isn’t reason enough. Nothing says they ARE going to ship him off, but, if you can get solid building blocks for the future, why not. Him being cheap and left-handed is what makes him attractive to other suitors.
        (That last sentence, taken out of context, is kinda naughty)

      • pjcostello - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        Thanks, that was I was thinking, but eleven brain-dead zombies thought, “Yeah, why not trade a lefty reliever who’s effective and cheap and under team control for another 18 months — to get a nothing prospect in return?”

  2. historiophiliac - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Well, if control is an issue for him, the Tigers are sure to be in. :(

    • ptfu - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:58 AM

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  3. therealtrenches - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Other than David Price, it’s a thin market for pitching this year. The Phils should be swimming in offers.

    And I have complete faith that RAJ will bring in an underwhelming haul.

    • 76ersdoubletank - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Well how much are you really going to get for a left-handed relief pitcher?

      • philliesblow - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Probably a good prospect or two, unless said lefty is named Phil Coke.

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