Mariners Acquire LHP Biddle & RHP Vizcaíno from Braves for RHP Swarzak

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Seattle Mariners have acquired left-handed pitcher Jesse Biddle and right-handed pitcher Arodys Vizcaíno from Atlanta in exchange for right-handed pitcher Anthony Swarzak and cash considerations.

 

Biddle, who will wear #36, will report to the Mariners Major League club.

 

Vizcaíno is currently on the 60-day Injured List after undergoing right shoulder surgery on April 17.

 

Biddle, 27, had a 2.38 ERA (3 ER, 11.1 IP) in his first 13 games this season (March 30-April 23) prior to being charged with 4 earned runs in 0.1 IP in his last 2 games. He was on the injured list from April 27-May 14 with a right thigh contusion and was activated from the IL on May 14 prior to being designated for assignment on May 15. Overall this season he is 0-1, with a 5.40 ERA (7 ER, 11.2 IP) in 15 games with the Braves. He appeared in 4 games with AAA Gwinnett on rehab assignment, and was 1-0, 3.38 (2 ER, 5.1 IP).

 

Biddle has pitched in the Majors in parts of two MLB seasons (2018-19) with the Braves, and is 6-2, 3.46 (29 ER, 75.1 IP) with 1 save in 75 career games. He was 6-1 with a 1 save and a 3.11 ERA (22 ER, 63.2 IP) in 2018 after making, and winning, his MLB debut on April 21, 2018 vs. the Mets. Biddle was originally drafted by Philadelphia in the 1st round (27th overall) of the 2010 MLB First Year Player Draft. He was traded to Pittsburgh on Feb. 3, 2016 before being claimed off waivers by Atlanta on March 19, 2016.
Vizcaíno, 28, appeared in 4 games this season (1-0 with 1 save, 2.25 ERA) prior to undergoing season-ending right-shoulder surgery. In parts of 7 Major League seasons with the Braves (2011, 2015-19) and Cubs (2014), Vizcaino has compiled a career record of 13-11 with a 3.01 ERA (65 ER, 194.1 IP) with 218 strikeouts and 90 walks in 206 relief appearances. He is a native of Yaguate, Dominican Republic.

 

Swarzak, 33, was 2-2 and 3-for-6 in save opportunities with a 5.27 ERA (8 ER, 13.2 IP) with 17 strikeouts and 8 walks in 15 relief appearances with the Mariners this season. He allowed 11 runs (8 earned), including 6 home runs, over 8.1 innings pitched for an 8.64 ERA in his last 9 outings, dating back to April 18. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-hander was placed on the 10-day Injured List with a right shoulder impingement on March 20 (retro to March 17) and was reinstated on April 2.

 

In parts of 10 Major League seasons with the Twins (2009, 2011-14), Indians (2015), Yankees (2016), White Sox (2017), Brewers (2017), Mets (2018) and Mariners (2019), Swarzak has compiled a career record of 25-34 with a 4.33 ERA (289 ER, 601.1 IP) with 450 strikeouts and 182 walks in 331 appearances (32 starts). The native of Fort Lauderdale, FL, was originally selected by Minnesota in the 2nd round (61st overall) out of Nova High School (Davie, FL).