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Mets sign lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo to two-year, $12 million contract


MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that the Mets have agreed to terms on a contract with free agent left-hander Antonio Bastardo. It’s a two-year, $12 million deal, per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.

Bastardo, 30, posted a 2.98 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 64/24 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings last season for the Pirates while holding left-handed batters to a .138/.233/.215 slash line. For his career, Bastardo boasts a .178/.277/.319 slash versus lefty hitters.

Bastardo is obviously not Yoenis Cespedes, but he is a nice fit for the Mets’ bullpen mix in 2016.

The southpaw also drew interest this winter from the Blue Jays, Orioles, Twins, Cubs, and Dodgers.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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