On Wednesday, July 27, the Milwaukee Brewers acquired right-handed relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for outfield prospect Ryan Cordell.
With this trade, the White Sox continued their plan of selling off any players of value on their roster. Swarzak is having the best season of his career, posting a 2.23 ERA and 2.35 FIP in 48.1 innings across 41 appearances. He seems to be a reliever who can pitch effectively to both right-handed and left-handed hitters and has struck out more than a batter per inning. I think that he will fit in well for the Brewers as their bullpen apart from Corey Knebel and Jared Hughes hasn’t been great. It is also for the Brewers that they only had to give up one prospect and one that I don’t think was even in the top ten of their farm system.
Ryan Cordell was a nice return for the White Sox in this trade because he continues to add depth to their farm system. He is probably close to the big leagues and is already in AAA with a .284/.349/.506 slashline in 68 games this season. I think he may be in the majors by the end of the season even if he isn’t a part of the team’s future core.