The Philadelphia Phillies are drawing interest on left-hander Antonio Bastardo from the Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Detroit Tigers, reports Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. Per Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the Cincinnati Reds have also demonstrated interest in acquiring the 28-year-old.
All four clubs could use some added relief help, as they each rank in the bottom half of baseball in FIP, and all but the Reds are in the bottom ten in ERA.
Bastardo would help replace Sean Marshall for the Reds, as the southpaw reliever is out for the year with a strained shoulder. The Tigers have shown interest in nearly every reliever available this summer, including Bastardo's Phillies teammate Jonathan Papelbon.
The Angels have also been connected to Bastardo this summer, though having already added a southpaw in Joe Thatcher, as well as Huston Street and Jason Grilli, it's unlikely that they add another bullpen piece.
Bastardo has been quite good for the Phillies this season, boasting a 3.30 ERA, 3.10 FIP, 10.9 K/9, and 4.9 BB/9 in 43.2 innings pitched. A six-year veteran, Bastardo owns a career 3.58 ERA and 3.35 FIP, and is on pace to handily surpass his previous career-best innings total of 58 set in 2011. He is arbitration eligible this offseason, and eligible for free agency following next season.