Phillies avoid arbitration with Bastardo

11:22 AM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Phillies and pitcher Antonio Bastardo have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.4 million.

The deal, which also includes performance bonuses, avoids salary arbitration.

Bastardo was 2-5 with a 4.33 ERA and one save in 65 games for the Phillies last season. He recorded 81 strikeouts in 52 innings and his 14.02 strikeouts per nine innings were bettered only by Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel and Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman among relievers.

The 27-year-old lefty is 12-9 with nine saves and a 4.02 ERA in 160 career games.

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