Pirates acquire lefty Antonio Bastardo from Phillies


It must be moving day for the Phillies. Robert Murray of MLBDailyRumors.com — confirmed by Ken Rosenthal — reports that the Pirates have acquired left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Phillies for left-handed pitching prospect Joely Rodriguez.

Bastardo had been linked to the Red Sox earlier this week, but I guess not. He struck out 81 batters in 64 innings this past season and posted a 2.32 ERA (with a lower strikeout rate) in 2013.