While most fans will scuff at this deal because his name is not Cespedes, the signing of Bastardo is a significant one as it gives the Mets a reliever they so desperately needed for the later inning in front of closer Jeruys Familia.
Bastardo, has spent time with both the Phillies and Pirates in his career, most recently with Pittsburgh where he went 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA in 66 games. With the Phillies, Bastardo struck out 80-plus batters twice, and had his best year in 2011 when he pitched to a 2.64 ERA.
Last season the Mets struggled for eighth inning help, jockeying between Addison Reed and Tyler Clippard. Perhaps Bastardo gives them much needed stability.
As solid as this move is, it didn't draw much fanfare on Twitter.