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

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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.