After what could be characterized as an unmitigated disaster of an offseason for the New York Mets, it sounds as though the Metropolitan's hopes of fielding a contender once again this season could still be salvaged.
According to Jon Heyman from MLB Network, the Mets have reached an agreement to sign Antonio Bastardo.
This signing didn't come without competition. Robert Murray from Baseball Essential reports that a league source indicated that the World Series runner-ups beat out the likes of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Bluejays in the race for the sought after setup man's signature.
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Bastardo, who was suspended 50 games in 2013 in the wake of the Biogenesis scandal, will link up with fellow setup man Addison Reed, as the two look to complement returning closer, Jeurys Familia.
The former Pittsburgh Pirate put together a respectable season last campaign, doing so by combining a 2.98 ERA with 64 strikeouts and 26 walks in 57.1 innings of work.
Following the losses of games one and four of the World Series last season - losses that were primarily at the hands of the bullpen - it was clear that the front office in Flushing made it a priority to sign a quality arm and they did so by signing the 30-year-old southpaw.
The relievers that the New York Mets employ have the luxury of pitching behind arguably the best rotation in all of baseball, and their bullpen, with the addition of Bastardo, should only get better as well.
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