PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Phillies have traded left-handed pitcher Antonio Bastardo to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor league left-hander Joely Rodriguez, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced Wednesday.
Bastardo, 29, appeared in 67 games for the Phillies last season, going 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA as he finished tied for 10th place among all National League relievers in strikeouts (81) and strikeouts per 9.0 innings (11.39). Over his final 13 appearances for the Phillies, Bastardo held opponents to just three hits in 37 at-bats. Originally signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on February 17, 2005, Bastardo has spent his entire major league career with the team, going 20-18 with a 3.72 ERA and 11 saves in 22 opportunities.
Rodriguez went 6-11 with a 4.84 ERA in 30 games (21 starts) for double-A Altoona last season. Recently named to the 2014 Arizona Fall League Top Prospects Team, Rodriguez went 3-0 with a 2.38 ERA in seven starts for Scottsdale as he allowed a total of two earned runs over his first six games. The 23-year-old native of the Dominican Republic was originally signed by Pittsburgh in 2009 as an amateur free agent.
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