San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired left- hander Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies for a minor league pitcher.
Bastardo, who was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for his part in the Biogenesis scandal in 2013, was just 5-7 last season for the Philadelphia Phillies with a 3.94 ERA in 67 games. However, he did strike out 81 batters in 64 innings.
He also did not allow a run in 12 of his final 13 appearances last season, while also limiting opposing hitters to just three hits in 37 at bats (.081 average) during that stretch.
The 29-year-old Dominican is 20-18 lifetime with 11 saves and a 3.72 ERA in 275 games (5 starts).
Double-A left-hander Joely Rodriguez will head to Philadelphia to complete the deal.