The Chicago Cubs met with the representatives for left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo on Tuesday, according to an industry source.
Bastardo, 30, was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014 in a midseason trade with the Philadelphia Phillies.
In his time with the Pirates, Bastardo has been very good, as he went 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA and a 64/26 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 66 appearances in 2015.
Bastardo is one of the top free agent relievers left on the open market. With the prices for relievers sky high, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him land a three-year deal worth around $7 million per year.