The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly made their first acquisition of the summer:
sources: anthony swarzak is going to the brewers in a trade— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 25, 2017
#WhiteSox getting Ryan Cordell back from Brewers for Anthony Swarzak.— Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) July 25, 2017
JP wrote earlier that the Brewers were in talks with the White Sox regarding the 31 year old Swarzak. Apparently talks must have progressed pretty quickly. Swarzak signed a one-year, $900,000 free agent deal with the White Sox this past winter and is a free agent after the season. He’s enjoying perhaps the best season of his career, posting a 2.23 ERA/3.47 DRA across 48.1 innings with 52 strikeouts and 13 walks. He’s averaging a career-best 94.5 MPH with his fastball this season along with a career-high 14% swinging strike rate.
Ryan Cordell was acquired as a part of the return from last summer’s Jonathan Lucroy/Jeremy Jeffress with Texas. He batted a .284/.349/.506 in 292 plate appearances with 10 homers and 9 steals for the AAA Sky Sox this season. The 25 year old has played all over the outfield as well as third base this year. He was recently ranked as the Brewers’ #17 prospect by MLB Pipeline.
The Brewers have officially announced the trade:
RHP Anthony Swarzak has been officially acquired from the White Sox in exchange for OF Ryan Cordell. pic.twitter.com/xbPVXrU7d1— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 26, 2017
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus