Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bye Bye Bastard

San Diego, CA -- While the rumored Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles trade was still being finalized, Ruben Amaro Jr. didn't just sit around and wait until that deal was consummated.

He ended up making a minor transaction as the Winter Meetings rolled on Wednesday, sending  left-hander Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies for a minor league pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

Bastardo, who was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for his part in the Biogenesis scandal in 2013, was just 5-7 last season for the Philadelphia Phillies with a 3.94 ERA in 67 games.

However, he did strike out 81 batters in 64 innings.

He also did not allow a run in 12 of his final 13 appearances last season, while also limiting opposing hitters to just three hits in 37 at bats (.081 average) during that stretch.

The 29-year-old Dominican is 20-18 lifetime with 11 saves and a 3.72 ERA in 275 games (five starts). Double-A left-hander Joely Rodriguez will head to Philadelphia to complete the deal.

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