1:13 p.m.: Sailors send about $ 2 million to the Braves in the trade to make up the difference in salary, tweets Jon Heyman from the MLB network. Combined with the rest of the money that would have been allocated to Biddle's salary before the arbitration, it seems likely that the transaction is effectively neutral in terms of cash.
12:51: The Mariners have announced that they have acquired a left-handed reliever Jesse Biddle and right-handed Arodys Vizcaino des Braves in exchange for the right-handed Anthony Swarzak and money. The inclusion of Vizcaino in the trade would appear to be a purely financial component of the trade, since he was an autonomous player at the end of the season and he should not play again in 2019 after undergoing one-shoulder surgery. Vizcaino is on the 60-day wounded list. Therefore, the Mariners do not need to move more than 40 people to allow the addition of Biddle, which will report to the Major League register.
Biddle, 27, gave the Braves 63 2/3 innings of 3.11 ERA ball with 9.5 K / 9, 4.4 BB / 9, 0.85 HR / 9 and a ground ball rate of 55 , 6% in 2018, but practically nothing worked satisfactorily. Southpaw until now in 2019. In 15 appearances and a duration of 11 2/3 frames, Biddle served seven earned runs (and four other unearned points) on 18 hits and 10 goals scored with 11 outs on taken. His speed remained strong, while Biddle averaged 94.1 mph on his fastball in 2019.
Because he was out of the options and playing in a win-and-now club, Biddle's fate seemed largely sealed as this year's control struggles continued from April to May. He was designated to be assigned by the Braves last week. The Mariners hope to overthrow him and bring him back to his 2018 state. If they manage to do it, they'll control Biddle until the 2023 season. However, he'll have to sort things out at the big league level, because its lack of options for minor leagues means that it can not be returned without first being waived.
For the Braves, they had already decided to leave Biddle and watched Vizcaino leave as a free agent at the end of the year. They do not really give up anything to take a cheap look at Swarzak. Swarzak, 33, had a silver medal of 5.27 and eight walks (one intentional) in 13 innings and two-thirds with the Mariners, but he also had 17 strikeouts. Injury has hurt him considerably since signing a $ 14 million, two-year contract with the Mets prior to the 2018 season, when he suffered an oblique sprain and two shoulder injuries.
However, in its last full and healthy season in 2017, Swarzak recorded 77 1/3 innings with a 2.33 K / 9, 2.1 BB / 9, 0.70 HR earned average / 9 and a 43.9% initiation rate between White Sox and Brewers. This success is fairly recent to give the Braves something to dream about while they are foaming what is probably an extremely tight market in the market aids market at this time of the season. Atlanta will surely be active in the search for additional coins over the next two months, but few teams are willing to sell quality weapons in mid-May – and those willing to do so generally place high prices on these weapons, considering the scarcity provide this time of year.
Swarzak will travel to Atlanta without any kind of guarantee that he will play a long-term role for the rest of the season. The Braves unloaded the remaining $ 3.43 million from the Vizcaino agreement and The money acquired from the Mariners makes it likely that Seattle has sent enough money for this exchange to be cash neutral. Swarzak is paid $ 8.5 million in 2019 and has about $ 6.08 million left over from it.