Royals reportedly interested in Bastardo

Royals reportedly interested in Bastardo

CHICAGO -- Left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo of the Phillies is drawing interest from the Royals and other clubs, according to reporter Jim Salisbury of

Bastardo, 28, has pitched 44 innings in 44 games with 53 strikeouts, 24 walks and a 4-3 record. He's in his sixth year with Philadelphia.

He's been effective against both left-handed (.140) and right-handed hitters (.175) this season.

The non-waiver Trade Deadline is July 31.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.