D-backs sign Medlen, Bastardo, Salas, Blazek

Veteran pitchers get Minor League contracts with spring invites

January 23rd, 2018

The D-backs reached deals with four pitchers on Tuesday, announcing Minor League contracts with right-handers , Kris Medlen and and left-hander .

USA Today reported that Medlen's deal comes with an invitation to Major League Spring Training and will pay him $1.1 million if he reaches the big leagues. He can opt out of the contract if he is not on the 40-man roster by March 27. The 32-year-old last pitched in MLB in 2016 with the Royals, going 1-3 with a 7.77 ERA in six starts. He went 6-2 with a 4.01 ERA in 15 games (eight starts) with Kansas City in 2015.

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Bastardo's deal will pay him $1.5 million if he earns a Major League roster spot, per USA Today, and he can make $4 million in incentives if he becomes the team's closer. If Bastardo is not on the 25-man roster by March 25, he can become a free agent. Bastardo appeared in nine games for the Pirates in 2017, allowing five homers and 15 earned runs in nine innings. The 32-year-old is 27-20 with a 4.01 ERA in 393 career innings across nine big league seasons.

Blazek, 28, worked five games for the Brewers in 2017, allowing nine runs on 12 hits, including six home runs. The righty owns a career 8-6 record and 4.39 ERA over 109 big league appearances, all but one of them in relief.

Salas, 32, split time with the Mets and Angels last season, finishing 2-2 with a 5.22 ERA over 61 appearances. The right-hander owns a career 21-24 mark with a 3.85 ERA over eight big league seasons.