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.