Swarzak was dealt to Milwaukee as a part of the White Sox’s fire sale. Though he joined the team late, he became a key piece in the Milwaukee Brewers’ unexpected success down the stretch in 2017.
Swarzak put together a 2.33 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 10.6 K/9 over 70 games.
Another benefit of Swarzak is that he should be available for a cheaper price than other, bigger-name relievers on the market such as Wade Davis (2.30 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 12.1 K/9) who posted similar numbers in 2017.
The question with Swarzak is can he reproduce 2017’s results next season?
Before last season, he saw some moderate success but also hit a few rough patches.
But if Swarzak can continue his 2017 dominance, he could be a steal for whatever team lands him.
Is a reunion in store?
Though Belisle’s stat line (4.03 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 8.1 K/9) doesn’t blow you away, he’s a solid veteran arm who can pitch the middle-to-late innings.
And you don’t have to worry about Coors Field intimidating him. Belisle pitched out of Colorado’s bullpen for six years, so he knows all about pitching in Colorado.
Belisle could help add stability to Bud Black’s bullpen as well as offer his vast wealth of experience to the team’s younger arms.
The veteran right-hander will turn 38 during the 2018 season, so his age could be a concern, however the last three deals he’s signed have all been for one year and that is probably what we can expect again this offseason.