The Phillies announced they have agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with reliever Antonio Bastardo avoiding arbitration. The team and Bastardo swapped figures last week with Bastardo asking for $2.5 million while the Phillies offered $1.675 million.
Bastardo joins Kyle Kendrick and John Mayberry Jr. as Phillies who have signed one-year deals with the team to avoid arbitration. The 28-year-old Bastardo pitched well last season for the Phillies going 3-2 with a 2.32 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 48 relief appearances before having his season shutdown in early August due to a 50-game suspension for his link to Biogenesis and performance-enhancing drugs.
He made $1.4 million last season.
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