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Mets Improve Bullpen With Signing Of Anthony Swarzak

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After coming off a career year in 2017, right-handed reliever Anthony Swarzak officially agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $14 million with the New York Mets on Friday, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.

Swarzak, 32, appeared in a career-high 70 games this past season across 77 1/3 innings. He set numerous career-bests such as a 2.33 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, .211 BAA, 91 strikeouts, and 10.6 strikeouts-per-nine. Prior to 2017, he had posted a 4.52 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 5.8 strikeouts-per-nine in his entire seven year (2009, 2011-16) Major League career.

Truly a breakout campaign for Swarzak relying on just two pitches- a four-seamer and slider. He never experienced success quite like what he accomplished in 2017, and that’s why Brewers general manager David Stearns offered him a two-year deal himself to return. But business is business.

“Relievers in general are tricky to evaluate,” said Stearns, per MLB.com. “That problem is probably accentuated a little bit with someone like Anthony, who had a career that didn’t necessarily predict what he did last year. At the same time, you can’t take away what he did last year. He had a tremendous year. He was a big part of our run down the stretch and he deserves to be rewarded for it.”

After spending his first five seasons with the Minnesota Twins (181 games/32 starts), Swarzak appeared in 10 games for the Cleveland Indians in 2015, and 26 for the New York Yankees the following year.

Overall in his career, Swarzak’s 23-30 with a 4.22 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and .270 BAA in 561 1/3 innings.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson knows just how much Swarzak can help his ballclub.

“We wanted to acquire an extra arm,” said Alderson. “I think we got somebody we’re really happy about and is going to improve us.”

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Brewers Discussing Trade for Will Smith

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The Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants have been in talks regarding a trade that would send left hander Will Smith back the Brewers, according to The Athletic’s Robert Murray.

Per the report, the Giants are interested in second base prospect Mauricio Dubon.

Smith has had a solid season in 2019, pitching to an impressive 2.17 ERA.

No deal is close as of this writing.

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Mets To Place Zack Wheeler On Injured List

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The New York Mets will place right hander Zack Wheeler on the injured list due to shoulder fatigue, according to Newsday’s Tim Healey.

In a corresponding move, the Mets will have left-hander Steven Matz start in place of Wheeler for tomorrow’s game.

Wheeler has been heavily linked in trade rumors, so it is unclear just how much this injury will impact his value on the trade market.

It is unclear just how long Wheeler will be out.

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Mets Shopping Noah Syndergaard

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The New York Mets will likely be big sellers at the deadline and it appears that they are shopping starter Noah Syndergaard.

According to Newsday’s Tim Healey, the Mets have discussed Syndergaard with around six teams, adding that there’s “minimal urgency” on the Mets’ part to trade Syndergaard.

Per the report, the Mets would need to be “wowed” in order to move Syndergaard.

Syndergaard, 26, isn’t having the kind of season he is accustomed to, pitching to the tune of a 4.68 ERA, and is posting other career-low numbers.

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