ARLINGTON, Texas — The search for relievers who might help the Mariners this season and beyond has resulted in another trade.
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto finalized a deal Monday morning to acquire left-handed pitcher Jesse Biddle and right-hander Arodys Vizcaino from Atlanta in exchange for right-handed pitcher Anthony Swarzak and cash considerations.
Biddle will report immediately to the Mariners, who open a three-game series vs. the Rangers on Monday. He was expected to make it to Globe Life Park before first pitch on Monday. Vizcaino is on the 60-day injured list after undergoing right shoulder surgery April 17.
Biddle, 27, is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 15 appearances. A thigh contusion put him on the injured list from April 27 to May 14. After he was reinstated from the IL on May 15, the Braves designated him for assignment. In his first 13 appearances this season, Biddle posted a 2.38 ERA (three earned runs, 11 1/3 innings pitched). Over parts of two seasons, Biddle is 6-2 with a 3.46 ERA with one save in 75 appearances.
“I don’t know a ton about him other than I know he’s got a good fastball, curveball and slider,” M’s manager Scott Servais said. “If you look at the numbers, he had a pretty year last year. He got off to a rocky start this year. It’s why these guys are available. Hopefully we can bring him in and get him going in the right direction.”
He is a former first-round pick in the 2010 draft by the Phillies and is out of minor league options.
Vizcaino, 28, appeared in four games this season, going 1-0 with a save, 2.25 ERA before undergoing season-ending right-shoulder surgery.
Why acquire him? Well, it’s a move to help offset some salary discrepancy in the deal. Biddle makes the league minimum, while Vizcaino is owed $4.8 million this season. Swarzak was earning $8 million this season. The Mariners are reportedly sending around $2 million to the Braves to even out the money.
Swarzak, 33, was 2-2 and with three saves and three blown saves and a 5.27 ERA (8 ER, 13.2 IP) with 17 strikeouts and eight walks in 15 relief appearances. He allowed 11 runs (eight earned), including six home runs, over his last nine outings and 8 1/3 innings for an 8.64 ERA. He was one of five players acquired in the trade that sent Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets this past offseason.