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July 20, 2020 12:00 PM
Anthony Swarzak: Released by Phillies again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak was released by the Phillies on Monday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Swarzak had been released back in late June before immediately being re-signed, but it appears his release this time will be more permanent. The 34-year-old is coming off a pair of seasons in which he recorded ERAs of 6.15 and 4.56, with FIPs well above 5.00 in both seasons, making him unlikely to be a particularly appealing option on the open market.

July 3, 2020 03:12 PM
Phillies' Anthony Swarzak: Joins player pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak was added to the Phillies' 60-man player pool Friday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.

Swarzak isn't on the Phillies' 40-man roster, but he should still have a decent chance to throw a fair amount of big-league innings this season. The veteran righty posted a 4.56 ERA in 53.1 innings with Seattle and Atlanta last season.

June 30, 2020 11:00 AM
Phillies' Anthony Swarzak: Released and re-signed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Phillies released Swarzak but plan to re-sign him Monday, pending league approval, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.

Swarzak had been attending spring training on a minor-league deal, but he appeared to be in decent position to make the Opening Day roster before MLB suspended its season. Once the Phillies finalize Swarzak's new deal, he'll become the 54th member of the organization's 60-man roster pool, though it's not expected that he'll claim a spot on the 40-man roster. Between stops in Atlanta and Seattle in 2019, the right-handed reliever posted a 4.56 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 59 appearances.

March 27, 2020 05:40 PM
Phillies' Anthony Swarzak: Relief competition thins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak may have a clearer path to a roster spot after the Phillies demoted four other pitchers Thursday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Austin Davis, Edgar Garcia, Cole Irvin and Reggie McClain all were sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday. That helps Swarzak's odds of earning a roster spot, though it's still not guaranteed, as he's not on the team's 40-man roster. The 34-year-old has saved four games in each of the last two seasons but hasn't recorded an ERA below 4.50 since 2017.

February 5, 2020 10:20 PM
Phillies' Anthony Swarzak: Inks deal with Philly
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies on Tuesday worth $1.5 million if he makes the 26-man roster, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Swarzak began the 2019 campaign with the Mariners but was traded to the Braves after early season struggles. The veteran righty started out well in Atlanta and recorded 17 holds, but the ineffectiveness resurfaced late in the season. The 34-year-old had a 4.56 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 52:27 K:BB over 53.1 innings between the two teams, and he'll likely need a strong spring training to secure a spot on Philadelphia's roster.

July 12, 2019 03:52 PM
Braves' Anthony Swarzak: Returns from injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak (shoulder) will be activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Friday's game against San Diego, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

Swarzak went down with shoulder inflammation shortly before the break, but the issue evidently wasn't particularly serious. He owns an excellent 0.52 ERA and a 32.8 percent strikeout rate since joining the Braves. A corresponding move has not yet been announced.

July 3, 2019 01:32 PM
Braves' Anthony Swarzak: Expected back after break
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak (shoulder) will likely be reinstated from the 10-day injured list in San Diego after the All-Star break, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Swarzak was placed on the IL on Sunday with right shoulder inflammation, but he's not expected to miss much more than the minimum. Since being acquired by the Braves on May 20, he's posted a sparkling 0.52 ERA with 21 punchouts across 17.1 innings.

June 30, 2019 03:28 PM
Braves' Anthony Swarzak: Lands on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to June 29.

Swarzak was acquired by the Braves in May and has immediately delivered in a high-leverage role with a 0.52 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 21:6 K:BB while recording one save and 10 holds. The severity of the issue remains unclear, but the 33-year-old won't be able to return until after the All-Star break. Swarzak dealt with similar issues in spring training in addition to missing time last season.

June 26, 2019 02:00 PM
Braves' Anthony Swarzak: Notches ninth hold
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak struck out one in a perfect eighth inning Tuesday to record his ninth hold of the season in a win over the Cubs.

The right-hander has been as brilliant with Atlanta as he was a disaster in Seattle, posting a 0.54 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 20:6 K:BB through 16.2 innings since moving to the NL. Swarzak would likely be the next man up as closer if Atlanta decided to replace Luke Jackson, and Swarzak does have one save already to go along with his nine holds.

May 23, 2019 10:20 AM
Braves' Anthony Swarzak: Sharp in Atlanta debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak struck out two in a perfect seventh inning during Wednesday's win over the Giants.

Making his first appearance in an Atlanta uniform since the trade from the Mariners, Swarzak wasn't used in a particularly high-leverage spot -- he was protecting a 9-2 lead by the time he stepped on the mound -- but he still looked sharp. The right-hander did have three saves (but three blown saves) with Seattle, so if Luke Jackson continues to stumble, Swarzak could factor into the closer mix.

May 20, 2019 04:12 PM
Braves' Anthony Swarzak: Acquired by Atlanta
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak and cash were traded from the Mariners to the Braves on Monday in exchange for Jesse Biddle and Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder), Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

The Braves' bullpen has been a mess this season, so they'll swap one injured reliever and another DFA'd one in exchange for Swarzak. It's not clear that Swarzak will necessarily fix their problems, however, as he owns a 5.97 ERA in 37.2 innings over the last two seasons, with his decent 26.3 percent strikeout rate failing to overcome a high 12.3 percent walk rate. Saves are very much up for grabs in Atlanta, and Swarzak does have three already this season for the Mariners, but it's unlikely that he'll walk straight into a ninth-inning role given his recent track record.

May 8, 2019 05:52 PM
Mariners' Anthony Swarzak: Blows third save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak (2-2) allowed three runs on three hits in one-third of an inning during a blown save against the Yankees on Tuesday. He was also charged with the loss.

The right-hander induced a flyout to begin the frame, but then allowed a single and homer to let the Yankees tie it up. In a surprising move, Mariners manager Scott Servais elected to stick with Swarzak following the blown save and against the next batter, he allowed another single. Swarzak didn't face another hitter after that, but that run came around to score, so he was still saddled with the loss. Swarzak now has as many blown saves as saves (three) and owns a 6.10 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in 10.1 innings this year.

April 21, 2019 12:32 PM
Mariners' Anthony Swarzak: Nails down third save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak notched his third save in a win over the Angels on Saturday, giving up a solo home run and also recording a strikeout over an inning.

Swarzak saw Albert Pujols take him deep for a 436-foot solo shot to right that made things interesting in the ninth, but he was able to ultimately escape with the save. The veteran reliever has now given up a solo homers in back-to-back appearances after not allowing the ball to leave the yard in his first six trips to the mound this season. However, he seemingly remains manager Scott Servais' top right-handed ninth-inning option during Hunter Strickland's (lat) ongoing absence.

April 19, 2019 02:28 PM
Mariners' Anthony Swarzak: Grabs second win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak (2-0) allowed an earned run on a solo home run and also issued two walks and a wild pitch over an inning in a win over the Angels on Thursday. He struck out one.

It was an eventful 29-pitch frame for Swarzak to say the least, and after some trouble, he still managed to walk away with an unlikely win courtesy of Jay Bruce's ninth-inning tie-breaking single. Swarzak has been been one of manager Scott Servais' most versatile options out of the bullpen in the wake of Hunter Strickland's placement on the injured list with a lat injury. Swarzak has locked down a pair of saves and now has two victories to go along with them, all while generating an impressive 1.42 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 10:3 K:BB across 6.1 innings. His considerable strikeout upside -- he's recorded at least one whiff in each of his seven appearances -- and a current role that figures to continue affording him steady save chances has his fantasy stock at solid levels for the time being.

April 11, 2019 12:08 PM
Mariners' Anthony Swarzak: Unavailable Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak is unavailable for Thursday's game against the Royals, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

He has pitched in back-to-back games, picking up a win and a save, and will therefore be unavailable for this day game. Roenis Elias, who would have probably been next in line for saves, is also unavailable, so Corey Gearrin might be called upon if a save situation arises Thursday.

April 11, 2019 01:52 AM
Mariners' Anthony Swarzak: Picks up win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak (1-0) walked one and struck out two in two-thirds of an inning to record the win in Wednesday's 6-5 victory over the Royals.

After getting the final two outs of the eighth inning in a tie game, the right-hander watched Mitch Haniger swat a solo shot in the top of the ninth before handing things over to Roenis Elias for the save. Swarzak remains the top option in the M's bullpen, but that role won't be exclusively limited to ninth-inning duty.

April 10, 2019 05:40 PM
Mariners' Anthony Swarzak: Records second save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak allowed one hit and struck out one batter to record his second save of the season Tuesday against the Royals.

Swarzak was called upon to preserve a three-run lead in the ninth inning. He prevailed, allowing only a two-out single, and has now converted each of his two save chances this season. Having earned both of the team's save opportunities since being activated from the IL on April 2, Swarzak appears to be the Mariners' primary closer for the time being.

April 3, 2019 12:20 PM
Mariners' Anthony Swarzak: Nails down first save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak struck out one in two-thirds of an inning Tuesday to record his first save of the season in a 2-1 win over the Angels.

It looked like Marco Gonzales might finish this one himself, but after the southpaw faded in the ninth inning and put two runners aboard, Swarzak was brought in and got the job done. The veteran reliever had only six career saves coming into 2019, but with Hunter Strickland (lat) sidelined until at least June, Swarzak may well be the M's top choice as closer.

April 2, 2019 04:04 PM
Mariners' Anthony Swarzak: Activated from IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day IL prior to Tuesday's game against the Angels.

With Hunter Strickland (shoulder) on the 60-day IL, Swarzak could start factoring into the ninth-inning mix immediately. He lacks a high ceiling and his floor isn't all that high either, but it's possible he could save double-digit games while Strickland is sidelined. Cory Gearrin seems like his toughest challenger for saves going forward.

April 2, 2019 01:44 PM
Mariners' Anthony Swarzak: Solid bullpen ahead of activation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session Sunday and is on track to be activated Tuesday, Greg Johns of reports.

The bullpen session was seemingly the last hurdle Swarzak needed to clear before getting a green light for activation. The veteran right-hander logged four minor-league appearances while the Mariners were in Japan for their season-opening series against the Athletics. With closer Hunter Strickland (lat) on the 60-day IL, Swarzak could step right into the closer's role upon his activation.

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