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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