UPDATE: The Philadelphia Phillies and Antonio Bastardo agreed to a one-year $1.4 million deal on Friday.
Antonio Bastardo is the only member of the Philadelphia Phillies eligible for salary arbitration this off-season. On Tuesday, Bastardo formally filed.
If you’ve been reading Phillies101 for long, you know how I feel about Bastardo. He is a talented set-up man who blows a few too many games. I think there are better left-handed options out there, but Bastardo appears to be staying put for at least one more season.
The 27-year-old had a ridiculously high ERA of 4.33 in 65 appearances last season but managed to strikeouts 81 batters over 52 innings. For those of you paying attention at home, which means Bastardo only averaged 0.8 innings per outing. The Phillies will need to see more from a guy who wants to be the primary left-handed set-up man.
For those of you unfamiliar with the salary arbitration process, here’s a brief timeline of how this thing will shake out over the next few weeks. On Friday, players and teams will exchange salary numbers. If no deal can be reached, the arbitration courts will hold hearings between 4 and 20 February. During these hearings, the courts will choose one of the presented salaries.
For those of you keeping track, pitchers and catchers report in 27 short days – February 12th!
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