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Pittsburgh Pirates Release Antonio Bastardo

Antonio Bastardo was released on Thursday night. Photo Credit: David Hague
Pittsburgh Pirates Release Antonio Bastardo
John Dreker

The Pittsburgh Pirates released left-handed pitcher Antonio Bastardo on Thursday night. He was designated for assignment last week after posting a 15.00 ERA and a 2.78 WHIP in nine innings over nine appearances this season.

The Pirates will owe the remaining salary on his $6.625 M contract for this year, although the New York Mets included an unknown amount towards his salary in the trade for Jon Niese last year. If another team signs Bastardo, they will only be responsible for a pro-rated portion of league minimum wage, which is $535,000....

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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