From BR Bullpen
Antonio Francisco Bastardo Rafael
- Bats Right , Throws Left
- Height 5' 11" , Weight 195 lb.
 Biographical Information
On December 20, 2014, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in return for Joely Rodriguez. He had a very solid 2015 season with the Bucs, going 4-1, 2.98 in 66 games with 1 save as part of an excellent bullpen. In 57 1/3 innings, he allowed only 39 hits and walked 26 while striking out 64. He also pitched a scoreless inning in a losing cause in the Wild Card Game against the Chicago Cubs. He became a free agent after the season and on January 22, 2016, he signed a two-year contract with the New York Mets for $12 million. However, after pitching 41 times for the Mets with no decisions and 46 Ks in 43 2/3 innings, he was traded back to Pittsburgh on August 1st. Ironically, the player coming the other way was P Jon Niese, who was also being repatriated by the Mets after four months in Pittsburgh.