More Money for Needles: Phillies Avoid Arbitration with Bastardo

Posted: January 21, 2014 in Uncategorized



The Philadelphia Phillies avoided arbitration with veteran LHP Antonio Bastardo on Tuesday, agreeing to a one year, $2 million contract with the 28-year old. Bastardo was suspended for 50-games in 2013 for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs. Bastardo was just another case of a player caught for using PEDs that apparently weren’t working.

After a mediocre 2012 (2-5, 4.33), Bastardo used a controversial offseason improvement program (read: needles in the posterior area) to improve his numbers last year. He’ll look to improve on his 3-2, 2.32 mark in 2014 with a new contract and new hopes after serving his suspension during the Phillies’ worst season in fourteen years. Let’s just hope he leaves the pills and syringes in the Dominican.

Bastardo’s contract includes potential incentives. The deal comes days after Philadelphia avoided arbitration with OF John Mayberry (1 year, $1.587) and RHP Kyle Kendrick (1 year, $7.675). The Phillies only have one more arbitration eligible player still unsigned in CF Ben Revere. The team and Revere’s representation exchanged figures earlier in the week, with the Phillies offering $1.4 million and the player’s agents countering with $2.425 million. If the team is unable to reach an agreement, an arbitrator will meet with the sides and choose either figure in early February.


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