Antonio Bastardo

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Antonio Francisco Bastardo Rafael

  • Bats Right , Throws Left
  • Height 5' 11" , Weight 195 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Antonio Bastardo was signed by scout Sal Agostinelli for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2005. He made his pro debut for the DSL Phillies that summer.

On August 5, 2013, Bastardo accepted a 50-game suspension from MLB as a result of the Biogenesis Laboratories scandal.

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.

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