CHICAGO -- Anthony Swarzak's first career save, recorded Monday against the Cubs, was his last appearance with the White Sox, as the veteran right-hander was traded to Milwaukee on Wednesday.Swarzak, 31, was a non-roster invitee to White Sox Spring Training, but he had been one of the team's most consistent
CHICAGO -- Anthony Swarzak's first career save, recorded Monday against the Cubs, was his last appearance with the White Sox, as the veteran right-hander was traded to Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Swarzak, 31, was a non-roster invitee to White Sox Spring Training, but he had been one of the team's most consistent relievers this season. He has a 2.23 ERA with 52 strikeouts and 13 walks over 48 1/3 innings.
Outfielder Ryan Cordell, the Brewers' No. 17 prospect in MLBPipeline.com's midseason re-ranking, was the return for Swarzak. Cordell was acquired from Texas as part of the Jonathan Lucroy deal, but he was traded from a Brewers system flush with outfielders.
According to his MLBPipeline.com scouting report, Cordell played six positions in the Rangers' system, including third base and shortstop, but Milwaukee planned to use him exclusively in the outfield. He's described as an ideal fourth outfielder in the big leagues because of his athleticism and power-speed combo.
Cordell has A+ makeup, plays above his tools and has a grinder mentality. He's hitting .284 with 10 homers, 45 RBIs and nine stolen bases for Triple-A Colorado Springs.
This deal also could provide an opportunity for right-handed pitcher Reynaldo Lopez to make his White Sox debut this week. Lopez, the No. 60 overall prospect, is scheduled to start Wednesday for Triple-A Charlotte, but he could face the Cubs instead in the series finale Thursday with scheduled starter Mike Pelfrey moving to the bullpen. Lopez has allowed six earned runs over his past 31 2/3 innings, striking out 39 and walking six.
The White Sox recently added veteran relievers Mark Lowe, Jean Machi and Danny Farquhar to Charlotte. So one from this trio could join the bullpen in place of Swarzak and give Lopez more time with the Knights.
Left-handed reliever Dan Jennings, who has a 1.64 ERA over 10 July appearances, should draw interest from contending teams. Right-handed starter Miguel Gonzalez and left fielder Melky Cabrera also could be trade targets from the rebuilding White Sox.
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