Swarzak cleared waivers and elected free agency Wednesday. The righty reliever, whom Kansas City designated for assignment Saturday, has chosen to enter the open market rather than join Triple-A Omaha. Swarzak's 9.49 ERA through 12.1 innings this year doesn't figure to generate a ton of attention, but his veteran presence could certainly earn him an opportunity with another big-league club.
The Royals designated Swarzak for assignment Saturday, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports. The righty pitched to a horrendous 9.39 ERA in seven appearances after joining the Royals on June 18, allowing three home runs in 7.2 innings of relief. Despite his considerable struggles, Swarzak may still have enough of a big-league track record to draw interest from other clubs on waivers.
Swarzak has allowed six runs in 5.1 innings since his contract was selected from Triple-A Omaha. The veteran right-hander hasn't found any more success in Kansas City than he did before Arizona released him in April. Overall, Swarzak has a 9.90 ERA, 1.80 WHIP and 8:1 K:BB across 10 innings this season. He is unlikely to see anything more than low-leverage work.
Swarzak's contract was selected by the Royals on Friday. Swarzak spent a brief period on the Diamondbacks' active roster in April, allowing five runs in 4.2 innings of work. He was released and then spent nearly a month in limbo before joining the Royals on a minor-league deal in late May. The 35-year-old does have some strong seasons on his resume, including a 2.33 ERA back in 2017, but he's struggled to a 5.34 ERA in 84.1 innings over the last four years, so he's unlikely to find himself in a high-leverage role.
Swarzak signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on May 14. The 35-year-old right-hander has yet to make his debut for his new organization, but he'll presumably report to Triple-A Omaha when the Royals deem him ready for game action. Before landing with the Royals, Swarzak made six big-league appearances out of the Arizona bullpen, posting a 9.64 ERA and 1.71 WHIP across 4.2 innings.
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