White Sox Reportedly Trade Anthony Swarzak to Brewers

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2017

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 12:  Anthony Swarzak #34 of the Chicago White Sox pitches in the 9th nning against the Baltimore Orioles at Guaranteed Rate Field on June 12, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Orioles 10-7.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Milwaukee Brewers acquired Anthony Swarzak from the Chicago White Sox, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported Tuesday.

CSN Chicago's Dan Hayes reported the White Sox will receive outfielder Ryan Cordell. The 25-year-old Cordell has spent the 2017 season with the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox. He has batted .284 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI in 68 games.

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan shared one scout's assessment of Cordell's potential:

Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

The fear with Ryan Cordell: No true standout tool. One scout just texted: "Fairly ordinary across the board." Sees him as a 4th OF type.

Swarzak has appeared in 41 games for the White Sox this year and has posted a 2.23 ERA and a 2.34 FIP, per Baseball-Reference.com. He earned the first save of his MLB career in Chicago's 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday.  

Swarzak is the third notable departure from the White Sox's bullpen. The team traded Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson along with Todd Frazier to the New York Yankees earlier this month.

Swarzak will help a Brewers bullpen that ranks 19th in ERA (4.23) and 20th in FIP (4.36). The 31-year-old should be a solid late-inning option alongside Jacob Barnes and closer Corey Knebel. 

The last few years have illustrated that a playoff team can't have enough bullpen depth when October rolls around. Adding a veteran reliever is a smart move for Milwaukee, which is in position to reach the postseason for the first time since 2011.


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