The White Sox made yet another trade this time sending Anthony Swarzak to Milwaukee. In return they received prospect Ryan Cordell.
The Chicago White Sox traded Anthony Swarzak to the Milwaukee Brewers. They received prospect Ryan Cordell in return. Cordell was the 17th ranked prospect in the Brewers’ system. Swarzak had come into a zone since signing a minor league deal during the offseason. He was a reliable option for Rick Renteria and was 4-3 with a 2.23 ERA in 41 games this season.
Swarzak was another causality of the White Sox rebuild. Rick Hahn has done a great job at selling off parts and taking in minor league prospects. This wasn’t a flashy trade by any means. A guy like Swarzak wasn’t going to net a huge return. But it allowed the organization to again stockpile another prospect with an eye to the future.
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In Cordell the White Sox really aren’t getting anything special. Jeff Passan tweeted one scout described him as ordinary across the board and a fourth outfielder type. That’s not a ringing endorsement.
He is also 25, which isn’t bad but he’s been in the minors for four years. His best trait will probably be his versatility. He has appeared in all three outfield positions, third base and short stop throughout his career.
Swarzak’s departure leaves a huge void in the bullpen. It will be interesting to see how the team fills that.
We’ll likely see more youngsters get a call up from the minors to fill in until the season is over. The rebuild is off to a great start but there’s still a long way to go.