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October 1, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Danys Baez does not watch much baseball these days. He is paid $2.75 million to stay away from the game that once compelled him to spend 10 days in hiding to defect from his home country. "It's tough for me," Baez said Friday from his Miami home. But then he heard about Antonio Bastardo, and Baez was interested in baseball again. For the first five months of the season, Bastardo emerged as one of the game's most dominant relievers. It was something Baez, who mentored the 25-year-old Phillies lefty, took pride in watching.
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January 19, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before they had a chance to exchange salary-arbitration numbers Friday, the Phillies and reliever Antonio Bastardo came to an agreement on a one-year deal worth $1.4 million. The deal includes award bonuses and represents an $895,000 raise for the 27-year-old lefthander, who figures to play a major role in manager Charlie Manuel's bullpen in 2013. Bastardo was among the best lefthanded relievers in baseball two seasons ago, when he went 6-1 with a 2.64 ERA. He also converted eight of nine save opportunities.
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February 19, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The list of differences between a 102-win team and an 81-win team began with the health of Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay. But you can argue that the difference between the Antonio Bastardo who took the mound in 2011 vs. the one who took the mound in 2012 played almost as big a role in the Phillies' fall from grace last season. And while the health of their aging veterans certainly will prove to be a major theme during the 2013 season, the performance of their 27-year-old reliever also seems likely to play a critical role in their attempt to return to the top of the National League East.
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April 30, 2010 | By Matt Gelb INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies will have their closer back when the first-place Mets come to Philadelphia. Satisfied with his rehab from off-season elbow and knee surgeries, the Phillies will activate Brad Lidge from the disabled list before Friday's series opener against New York, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced Thursday. To make space for Lidge, lefthander Antonio Bastardo will be optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley. Lidge pitched in eight rehab games between Lehigh Valley, double-A Reading and single-A Clearwater.
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December 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - The next era of Phillies baseball commenced Wednesday from a sixth-floor suite at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, where a dozen team officials assembled the trade of their iconic shortstop. The dismantling of a once-great roster started with the franchise's all-time hits leader, the man who coronated a spectacular five-year run with three words: "Team to beat. " Jimmy Rollins, the longest-tenured athlete in Philadelphia, will be a Los Angeles Dodger. Details of the trade - which could involve a player from a separate deal between Los Angeles and Miami - were being finalized Wednesday night, said a source familiar with the talks.
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December 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - Antonio Bastardo wondered last summer whether he was better-suited for another team's bullpen, given the Phillies' glut of viable lefthanded relievers. The Phillies, on Wednesday, honored Bastardo's wishes. They traded him to Pittsburgh for Joely Rodriguez, a minor-league lefthanded starter. Rodriguez, 23, should slide into triple-A Lehigh Valley's rotation and adds much-needed depth. "Clearly we've been looking for starting pitching," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
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May 29, 2009 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
BUFFALO - Antonio Bastardo scattered six hits over seven shutout innings to lead the Lehigh Valley IronPigs past the Buffalo Bisons, 7-1, yesterday in the International League. It was the righthander's second start for triple-A Lehigh Valley after being promoted from double-A Reading last week. He struck out 11 in six innings against Charlotte on Saturday but did not get a decision. Bastardo was 2-2 for Reading with a scintillating 1.82 ERA. Akron 6, Reading 5 Reading 2, Akron 1 AKRON, Ohio - A two-run single by Ozzie Chavez in the top of the seventh gave the Phillies a win in the second game of an Eastern League doubleheader.
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November 14, 2012
The Phillies made the official announcement Tuesday on their one-year contract worth $850,000 with infielder Kevin Frandsen. The deal was initially reported last week. Frandsen, 30, hit .338 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 14 RBIs in 55 games after being called up from triple-A Lehigh Valley in late July. He made 49 starts at third base, second on the team to Placido Polanco. The one-year deal includes incentives and performance bonuses and allows the Phillies to avoid salary arbitration with Frandsen.
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May 1, 2011
Lefthander J.C. Romero said he would pitch in only one rehab game - Tuesday at single-A Lakewood - before being activated from the disabled list. He could return to the Phillies on Wednesday, which is the first day he is eligible to come off the DL. Romero strained his right calf April 18. He will throw a bullpen session and participate in pitchers' fielding practice to test the strength in his calf. He has been throwing to keep his arm strong. "I feel good," Romero said. When he does return, it will be interesting to see how Romero is used with the emergence of Antonio Bastardo, who has allowed only one run in 2011.
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December 4, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies were expected to tender contracts Tuesday to their three arbitration-eligible players, although Antonio Bastardo, Ben Revere and Domonic Brown have the same uncertain fate as the rest of an unsettled Phillies roster. Bastardo, Revere and Brown could combine to earn $10 million in salary next season. The Phillies have until February to reach agreements with the three players before an arbiter can intervene. The Phillies attempted to trade Bastardo, who endorsed such a move, last July but could not find a match.
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July 3, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily New Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TECHNICALLY, IT'S been an open season for trades in the major leagues since the World Series ended last fall. The Phillies made three moves in December, sending Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Antonio Bastardo out to greener pastures. But a franchise hellbent on rebuilding - did you listen to the wild enthusiasm in ownership partner John Middleton's voice on Monday? - has entered the most popular month on the major league schedule for trades. It's July, and the trade deadline is four weeks from Friday.
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April 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FOR A GUY who was given no more than 24 hours to prepare for his first start in more than 11 months, Dustin McGowan did the job of a spot starter yesterday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The 33-year-old former first-round pick didn't allow a run in his first three innings against the Marlins. McGowan struck out the first two batters he faced, and kept at it, sending Giancarlo Stanton down on strikes in the third inning, too. "He looked sharp early on," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
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April 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The two men spearheading the Phillies' transition from perennial contender to long-term rebuilder face uncertain futures in their current roles. Pat Gillick, 77, is committed through this baseball season but took on the president's role on only a short-term basis. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr., 50, is in the final year of his contract. That makes this an unusual rebuilding project. "Let me put it this way, the general manager, he's been around for a long period of time. I've been around for a long period of time," Gillick said in a recent interview.
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April 1, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
BRADENTON, Fla. - It was only a year ago that the Phillies seemed oblivious to the reality that they faced. As late as last June, the front office bristled at the notion that it should focus its attention squarely on the future. But as Ruben Amaro Jr. stood outside the visitors' dugout at McKechnie Field yesterday, he left little doubt that his philosophy had changed. "This year is more about our future than our present," the general manager said. "We've said that many times.
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February 18, 2015 | By Ryan Lawrence, Daily News Columnist
FOUR YEARS AGO, Chase Utley was the only player on the short field that sits on the left side of the front entrance to Bright House Field. He was fielding ground balls. It doesn't sound like anything unordinary until you add in the fact that Utley was going through the routine while seated on a bucket due to a chronic knee ailment. A year later, Utley would be joined by Ryan Howard on the spring sideline following Achillies' surgery. The two biggest pieces in the Phillies' lineup were dealing with career-altering injuries and their readiness for the 2012 season was in question throughout the team's stay in Clearwater, Fla. The summer that followed turned into the beginning of the end of the greatest era in Phillies history.
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January 30, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Longtime Phillies president and CEO David Montgomery has new duties as he returns from a five-month medical leave of absence. Montgomery now will serve in the position of team chairman while Pat Gillick continues as president, the team said Wednesday. The front-office shake-up could pave the way for another new team president in the next year or two. Gillick, the architect of the 2008 world championship team, said Wednesday night in a telephone interview that he doesn't see himself in the position two or three years from now but "definitely" at least through this baseball season.
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January 2, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The latest move in the Phillies' rebuilding effort came Wednesday, injecting another young arm into the minor-league system and ensuring that a younger outfield takes the field this spring. Twelve days after acquiring a pair of young arms for Jimmy Rollins, the franchise's all-time hits leader, the Phillies shipped veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash considerations to the Cincinnati Reds for righthanded pitching prospect Ben Lively. Lively, 22, projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter.
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January 2, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WITHIN a 2-week span before the end of 2014, Ruben Amaro Jr. has jettisoned two everyday players from the Phillies' lineup. A dozen days after Jimmy Rollins officially was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the general manager sent outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitching prospect Ben Lively on Wednesday. The Phillies also sent cash to Cincinnati to complete the deal. Byrd, who turns 38 in August, hit a career-high 25 home runs in 2014. He also struck out a career-high 185 times; only Ryan Howard struck out more among major league hitters.
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