Report: Phillies' Antonio Bastardo getting interest on trade market

Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels aren't the only Phillies pitchers drawing interest on the trade market. A handful of teams are also interested in reliever Antonio Bastardo, reports Jim Salisbury of

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweeted Monday that the Tigers, Blue Jays, Orioles, Brewers, Royals, Angels, Giants, Rangers, Diamondbacks and Mariners all had scouts in Philadelphia.

That matches up with the teams Salisbury mentioned as favorites for Bastardo: Kansas City, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Toronto.

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Bastardo is one of only a few lefties on the market, but he's not a specialist. He's put up nearly equal numbers versus both right-handed and left-handed hitters. Overall, he's posted a 3.27 ERA in 44 innings this season.

With a record of 43-57, the Phillies are in last place in the NL East, 13 games out of first place. They're expected to be one of the bigger sellers at the trade deadline, though Hamels reportedly isn't going anywhere.

- Evan Webeck

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