By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor

Left-hander Antonio Bastardo agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.4 million with the Phillies on Friday to avoid arbitration.

Antoino BastardoThe 27-year-old is expected to be a vital part of the bullpen this season. In 65 games last year he posted a 2-5 record with one save, a 4.33 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 52.0 innings while holding the opposition to a .207 batting average. The deal includes bonuses and represents a $895,000 raise for the reliever.

Bastardo had stretches last season where he was dominant, but he also dealt with arm fatigue and mechanical issues. He posted a 2.64 in his 2011 rookie season.

Bastardo was the last remaining arbitration-eligible player for the Phillies this offseason. 

- Patrick Gordon is the editor of the Philadelphia Baseball Review. Contact him at or @Philabaseball on Twitter.

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