The Mets have agreed to terms with free-agent LH reliever Antonio Bastardo, according to MLB reporter Jon Heyman (Jan. 20).
The deal will be for $12 million over two years, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com (Jan. 20).
Bastardo, 30, posted a 2.98 ERA and 1.13 WHIP last season for the Pirates while striking out 64 batters in 57 1/3 innings. He had reportedly been seeking a three-year deal.
Bastardo has been effective against both left-handers and right-handers during his seven-year career, with lefties hitting .178 with a .277 OBP and .319 SLG against him and righties hitting .211 with a .308 OBP and .332 SLG.
Along with the Mets, the Dodgers, Orioles, and Blue Jays had also been linked to Bastardo.
Bastardo had a great season facing left-handed hitters in 2015, but he struggled against them the two previous seasons. Similarly, he walks a lot of people and he had a .189 BABIP, which is a scary combination for when those hits start falling. The thing is, the alternatives were pretty weak, with Matt Thornton and Joe Beimel being the next-best options.
In the end, Bastardo is the best bet. He fits nicely with Jeurys Familia, Addison Reed and Jerry Blevins. These four, plus some combination of Sean Gilmartin, Erik Goeddel, Carlos Torres, Logan Verrett, Hansel Robles, Rafael Montero, Josh Smoker and other internal options, give Sandy Alderson a lot of options to pull from throughout a seven-month season.