Bastardo was 6-1 with eight saves and a 2.64 ERA in 2011 but things changed over the course of a weekend series against the Washington Nationals in mid-August 2011. Bastardo blew a save and blew another lead that lead to a Phillies loss over the course of the weekend and it seemingly shot his confidence. He returned in 2012 with a less than stellar campaign as he posted a 2-5 record with one save and a 4.33 ERA. His control was lacking and his confidence in his biting slider was not where everyone would have liked.
Now it comes time for the Phillies and Bastardo to start talking money. He made $505,000 last year and is expected to receive a pay raise. He, along with 132 other players around Major League Baseball, filed for salary arbitration. The Phillies have been excellent at striking deals before arbitration hearings as the hearings are typically negative because the team must point out the flaws of the player and why they don’t deserve the money. Bastardo is going to receive a raise but nothing that is going to break the bank.
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