The Phillies won’t have to deal with any arbitration hearings when spring training gets underway next month. The team reached an agreement with its only arbitration-eligible player on Friday.
Antonio Bastardo and the Phillies avoided arbitration by coming to an agreement on a one-year, $1.4 million deal for the 2013 team, the team announced Friday. Bastardo’s new deal was among a flurry of new contracts announced early Friday, which was the day teams and players were scheduled to exchange arbitration salary figures if they could not come to an agreement.
The deal includes performances bonuses. It would appear to be a coup for the 27-year-old Bastardo, who earned $505,000 in 2012.
The veteran reliever emerged as a consistent, go-to, lefthanded threat out of the bullpen in 2011, when he went 6-1 with a 2.64 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in 58 innings. Bastardo held opponents to a .144 batting average in 2011, tops among National League pitchers with at least 40 innings of work.