The Minnesota Twins cut bait on Anthony Swarzak earlier this offseason. After he was let go from the organization, the former relief pitcher for the Twins became an immediate free agent allowed to sign with any time. He has chosen the Cleveland Indians and will remain in the AL Central.
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Swarzak has reportedly signed with the Indians and has also garnered himself a Spring Training invite with the club. He will have a chance to crack the 25 man roster, more than likely in the same sort of long relief role he filled out for the Twins.
A former second round draft pick of the Twins, Anthony Swarzak has spent his entire five-year career in Minnesota prior to being signed by the Indians. He owns a career 4.48 ERA. In his first two weseason for the Twins, he started 23 games. In 2012 however, he was transitioned into a full-time bullpen role. 2013 remains his career best as he posted a 2.91 ERA with 69 strikeouts and a 6.5 K/9 ratio.
Anthony Swarzak will look to use the knowledge gained about the competition in his time with the Twins to compete against familiar foes. With the Indians having a much more shored up rotation, he will likely not find himself being called upon as a spot starter. Out of the bullpen, there are cracks for him to break Spring Training with the big league club, but he will need to show an improved ability from the 4.60 ERA he posted a season ago.