By: Seth Williams | Miller Park Prospects
The Brewers made their first move in advance of the trade deadline on Wednesday, making official a deal that was first reported on Tuesday night, sending outfielder Ryan Cordell to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak.
Swarzak, a 31-year-old right-hander, who was drafted by the Minnesota Twins way back in 2004, has enjoyed a breakout season with the White Sox this season, posting a WHIP of 1.03 and an earned run average of 2.23 in 41 relief appearances. He’s scheduled to join the Brewers in Washington for the final game of their series with the Nationals on Thursday, and could prove to be a valuable member of the Milwaukee bullpen down the stretch.
Cordell, 25, was the player to be named later in last season’s trade of Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress to Texas. He impressed the ballclub this spring with extended action in big league camp, and was putting together a nice season at AAA Colorado Springs, posting an OPS of .855 with ten home runs before landing on the disabled list a month ago with a back injury.
With Swarzak’s contract up at the end of the season, this move is a straight rental, signifying that the Brewers are looking to make a run, despite their efforts over the past week. Cordell was expendable, due to the Brewers depth in the outfield, and this move could signify more on the way with the trade deadline looming next Monday.