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May 20, 2021 11:24 AM
Royals' Anthony Swarzak: Joins KC
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 25, 2021 09:40 AM
Anthony Swarzak: Cut loose by Arizona
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Diamondbacks released Swarzak on Friday.

Arizona opted to part ways with Swarzak after he went unclaimed off waivers when he was designated for assignment a week earlier. The 35-year-old is now free to pursue work elsewhere, though he'll likely have to settle for a minor-league deal if he decides to keep his career going.

April 18, 2021 11:24 AM
Diamondbacks' Anthony Swarzak: Dropped from 40-man roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Diamondbacks designated Swarzak for assignment Sunday.

Swarzak's removal from the 40-man roster clears a spot for newly-acquired outfielder Nick Heath, who was called up to the big leagues after Tim Locastro (finger) was placed on the 10-day injured list. During his week-and-a-half-long stint with Arizona, Swarzak made six appearances out of the bullpen and gave up five earned runs over 4.2 innings.

April 7, 2021 08:32 PM
Diamondbacks' Anthony Swarzak: Contract selected by Arizona
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak had his contract selected by the Diamondbacks on Wednesday and was recalled from the alternate training site.

The 35-year-old was reassigned to minor-league camp at the end of spring training but will join the big-league roster less than one week into the season. Swarzak will provide bullpen depth with Chris Devenski (personal) being placed on the restricted list.

March 28, 2021 12:56 PM
Diamondbacks' Anthony Swarzak: Reassigned to minor-league camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak was reassigned to Arizona's minor-league camp Sunday.

The 35-year-old joined the Diamondbacks as a non-roster invitee in early March but was unable to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster. Swarzak didn't appear in any games last season and posted a 4.56 ERA in 59 appearances between the Braves and Mariners during 2019.

March 5, 2021 12:48 AM
Diamondbacks' Anthony Swarzak: Joins Diamondbacks camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swarzak signed with Arizona as a non-roster invitee Thursday, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.

Swarzak has had success in the not-too-distant past, posting a 2.33 ERA in 77.1 innings of relief in 2017. He then struggled to a 5.08 ERA over the next two seasons before failing to crack a 40-man roster at any point last year. A sudden reversal of fortune in his age-35 campaign seems unlikely.

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.

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04/13vs OAKL 5-711.02100
04/12vs OAKL 5-90.10001
04/09vs CINL 5-61.00002
04/07@ COLL 0-81.02311
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