Even in the days leading up to the season, Alex Anthopoulos is constantly adding bodies that could eventually help the Braves over the course of a 162-game grind. After signing a high-upside play for Gwinnett, they have added another pitcher. Many of these guys we will never see the majors for the Braves, especially if things go right, but it’s necessary to acquire as much depth as possible, particularly when it comes to the pitching staff. With great teams like the Mets and Phillies in the division, it’s sure to be a dogfight that could be decided by just one game, as it was a year ago. In that case, it’s these kind of signings that could make all the difference.
Braves Sign Matt Swarmer To Minor League Deal https://t.co/0b6HkA5Ogo pic.twitter.com/Chx1it7vF1
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) February 27, 2023
Swarmer is 29-years-old and appeared in 11 games for the Cubs last year, making five starts. His numbers are far from inspiring, posting a 5.03 ERA and 82 ERA+ (18 ERA+ below league average). He’s primarily a fastball/slider pitcher with a fastball that sits in the low-90s. Swarmer has some decent minor-league numbers, but this is nothing more than a depth signing. However, we’ve seen those pay off for Atlanta before.
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