Antonio Bastardo has agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with the New York Mets, according to multiple league sources.
Yesterday, we reported Bastardo’s market was beginning to heat up, with the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers also involved in the bidding. Bastardo’s market was quiet this offseason and he wasn’t able to land the three-year deal he sought. Another team that had interest in Bastardo is the Chicago Cubs. Bastardo’s representatives met with the team at the Winter Meetings, but it’s unclear if there had been any talks since then.
Bastardo, 30, was solid in his first full season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, going 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA and a 64/26 strikeout-to-walk ratio and should be a nice upgrade in the Mets bullpen. Per league sources, the Pirates offered a two-year, $8 million contract.