After spending parts of six seasons in the AL Central, Anthony Swarzak took his talents to the Bronx and signed with the Yankees shortly before the start of spring training. He split time in the minors as both a starter and reliever, and while he wasn't dominant in either role, he was able to play his way onto the big league roster for a large portion of the season. The 31-year-old saw his average fastball velocity spike up to 93.4 mph in his latest major league stint, and he was able to leverage that into a 9.0 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9, marks that were the best of his career. There was plenty of bad, however, as he also allowed 10 home runs in just 31 innings en route to a 5.52 ERA and 6.11 FIP. If he finds a 25-man roster spot somewhere in 2017, it will almost certainly be as a reliever.
Swarzak agreed to a minor league deal with the White Sox on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. Swarzak appeared in 26 games for the Yankees in 2016, but posted a 5.52 ERA over his 31 innings pitched. He'll have the opportunity to make the club's big league roster, but isn't likely to make much of an impact in 2017.
Swarzak elected to become a free agent Wednesday. The Yankees removed Swarzak from their 40-man roster following the regular season, and he opted to seek an opportunity elsewhere rather than stick with the club. Swarzak posted a respectable 1.13 WHIP over 26 appearances with the Yankees last season, but he also finished with a 5.52 ERA and allowed 10 home runs in just 31 innings.
Swarzak (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list on Sunday. Upon his activation, Swarzak will return to his relief role with the Yankees. He's been a liability on the mound for the club this season, as he owns a 5.90 ERA after pitching in 25 games (29 innings).
Swarzak was placed on the 15-day DL with an inflamed right rotator cuff. Swarzak's season-long struggles have continued following the All-Star break. In 14 contests since, Swarzak is 0-2 with a 6.06 ERA, bringing his ERA up to 5.90 for the year. Home runs have been an issue all season, as he owns a hefty 3.1 HR/9. In a corresponding move, the Yankees have recalled Ben Heller from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Swarzak had his contract selected by the Yankees on Tuesday. Swarzak has spent the entire season thus far with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, working to a 3.86 ERA with 43 strikeouts over 46.2 innings in 15 appearances (six starts). He figures to be used in a relief capacity in the majors, as he'll replace Luis Cessa -- who was optioned in a corresponding move -- in the bullpen.