Phillies to sign Bastardo to 1-year deal

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed with left-hander Antonio
Bastardo on a $1.4 million, one-year contract, avoiding
arbitration.

Bastardo was 2-5 with one save and a 4.33 ERA in 65 games last
season. He struck out 81 in 52 innings. He ranked third among major
league relievers in strikeouts per nine innings (14.02), trailing
Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel (16.66) and Cincinnati’s Aroldis Chapman
(15.32). Bastardo also held opposing batters to a .207 average (40
for 193), including a .169 average (14 for 83) by lefty
hitters.

The 27-year-old Bastardo was one of baseball’s most dominant
pitchers in 2011 until the final month. He had a 1.42 ERA and
allowed just 19 hits in 50 2-3 innings through August that
year.

Bastardo was the last remaining arbitration-eligible player for
the Phillies this offseason.