Antonio Bastardo RP PIT 2 hours ago

Pitching for the first time since Monday, Bastardo struck out two batters in a scoreless inning Sunday against Arizona, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Manager Clint Hurdle said that Bastardo's role with the Bucs will be different than it was in Philadelphia last season. "He was on a bad team last year, (so) he had to pitch more," Hurdle said. "He's in a different role this year, as well. My challenge is to find ways to keep him fresh. He's one guy I need to find an opportunity to get out there, but I'm not going to force it."

Antonio Bastardo RP PIT 4 weeks ago

One scout believes Bastardo is better suited for a middle-inning role than as a late-inning reliever. "If he comes into the game when you're either two runs ahead or two behind, his stuff is excellent," the scout told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "However, when he comes into a tie game or you're one run ahead, he tries too hard, and he walks everybody. It drives you crazy, and that's why he was available. To me, he's better in the middle (innings) than he is as a setup or closer."

There's a dramatic split between Bastardo's numbers in low-leverage (.116 BAA, .353 OPS, 3.83 SO/BB) and high-leverage (.270 BAA, .844 OPS, 1.60 SO/BB) roles. In nine spring outings, the southpaw has allowed five earned runs in nine innings, giving up 12 hits and three walks while striking out 13.

Antonio Bastardo RP PIT 1 month ago

Bastardo has allowed five earned runs on 10 hits and three walks in five Grapefruit League innings.

After trading for Bastardo and his fairly expensive one-year, $3.1 million deal, the Bucs are looking for him to serve as a second bullpen lefty behind Tony Watson. He collected 12 holds for Philadelphia in 2014, an area which represents his primary fantasy usefulness. If Bastardo limits his walks -- he compiled a 4.78 BB/9 ratio in 2014 -- then he figures to help the Bucs in the seventh and eighth innings.

Antonio Bastardo RP PIT 3 months ago

The Pirates and Bastardo agreed on a one-year, $3.1 million deal, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Bastardo projects as the Pirates' second left-handed bullpen arm behind Tony Watson. He gave up only 43 hits in 64 IP, striking out 81 batters but walking 34. Though his 3.10 FIP was significantly better than a 3.94 ERA, pitching coach Ray Searage will need to work some of his magic to help Bastardo improve upon his command. He finished with 12 holds and zero saves for Philadelphia in 2014.

Antonio Bastardo RP PIT 5 months ago

The Phillies traded Bastardo to the Pirates on Wednesday for Joely Rodriguez, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The Pirates just missed out on signing Pat Neshek earlier Wednesday, but they were able to land some bullpen help in Bastardo via trade. Bastardo, 29, posted a 3.94 ERA last season, but he's held opposing lefties to a .185/.284/.337 batting line for his career and has appeared in 48-plus games in each of the last four seasons. That said, Tony Watson will likely continue to serve as the top lefty out of the bullpen for Pittsburgh.

Antonio Bastardo RP PIT 5 months ago

The Phillies tendered a contract to Bastardo on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Bastardo earned $2 million last season. The Phillies will be looking to deal him this winter as they have younger and cheaper left handed relievers that make Bastardo expendable.

Antonio Bastardo RP PIT 7 months ago

Bastardo earned his 11th hold of the season Saturday with a scoreless inning against the A's. He struck out one and walked one.

Bastardo setup Ken Giles for the save. He is now 5-7 with a 4.04 ERA and a 78:34 K:BB ratio in 62.1 innings.

Antonio Bastardo RP PIT 8 months ago

Bastardo picked up his sixth loss of the season Tuesday after he allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits in a third of an inning.

Bastardo has a 7.94 ERA over his past 14 appearances thanks to a couple of blow ups. His strikeout rate remains very strong this season, but his walk rate has reached a career-worse 5.08 per nine innings.

Antonio Bastardo RP PIT 1 year ago

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.

Antonio Bastardo RP PIT 1 year ago

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.