The Arizona Diamondbacks have struck a deal with left-handed pitcher Antonio Bastardo on a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. The contract will pay Bastardo $1.5 million if he makes the roster out of spring training with an additional $4 million in potential incentives. Bastardo will be able to opt out on March 25 if he does not break camp with the Diamondbacks.
Antonio Bastardo has been a very strong setup man throughout his career and has spent time with the Phillies, Pirates, and Mets. From 2011-15, Bastardo posted a 3.23 ERA over 274 innings pitched while striking out 11.3 per nine innings. Despite lackluster results in 2016, he only pitched sparingly in 2017 and could be a very strong investment for the Diamondbacks. My projections have Bastardo at a 3.70 ERA over 69 games.
Bastardo will compete with T.J. McFarland, Jared Miller, and Andrew Chafin for a left-handed relief role out of the gate. While he certainly seems to be on the outside looking in, seeing as how the all of his three competitors are already on the 40-man roster, he brings some legitimate competition for Cactus League play.