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As free-agent relievers continue to get paid, Orioles have solid bullpen setup for 2016

As free-agent relievers continue to get paid, Orioles have solid bullpen setup for 2016

The Orioles had some interest in veteran reliever Antonio Bastardo this offseason, but the left-hander reportedly agreed to terms on a two-year, $12 million deal with the New York Mets on Wednesday.

His deal is on par with the three-year, $18 million deal that left-hander Tony Sipp received earlier this offseason to remain in Houston.

Yes, the money continues to flow for free-agent pitchers this hot-stove season, even for left-handed specialist relievers.

It appeared that Bastardo -- who posted a 2.98 ERA with the Pittsburgh Pirates last year and held opponents to a .188 batting average, including a .138 mark for lefties -- was going to be rewarded...

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