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Phils, Bastardo Agree to 1-Year Deal

The Phillies and Bastardo agree on a 1-year, $1.4 million contract, avoiding arbitration.

The Philadelphia Phillies and left-hander Antonio Bastardo have agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million contract, a raise of $895,000 from last year, to avoid arbitration.

The 27-year-old first gained prominence in the bullpen during the 2011 season where the Phillies were one of the best. He and Michael Stutes stepped up and unexpectedly filled major holes caused by an array of injuries that led Charlie Manuel and the Phils to a franchise-record 102 wins.

Bastardo had an eye-opening 0.93 WHIP that led experts to believe that his strong arm would lead him to be the future closer of the Phillies in 2012 or, at the very least, one of the best set-up men in the league. Through August of 2011, Bastardo had a 1.42 ERA and allowed just 19 hits over 50 and 2/3 innings.

However, last season was not at all what any sports analyst would have expected for the Phillies, as they struggled to get a .500 winning percentage. Some blame Bastardo, who was struggling with command control over the first half of the season. Bastardo finished the year with a 2-5 record and a 4.33 ERA and one save in 65 games.

What made the front office resign him? Bastardo also finished with the third-most K/9 (14.02), only trailing Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel (16.66) and Cincinnati’s Aroldis Chapman (15.32) and held opposing batters to a .209 average, including a .169 average against lefty hitters.

While his overall numbers were down from 2011, the addition of former Texas Rangers reliever Mike Adams, who is expected to be the primary set-up man to Jonathan Papelbon, will prime Bastardo for success.

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Author:Curran Aiyer

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