The Phillies are about to acquire SS Jean Segura in a trade from the Mariners in exchange for Carlos Santana and J.P. Crawford. And Seattle could be sending Anthony Swarzak to Philly, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today and FanCred's Jon Heyman.
Jayson Stark of ESPN refutes those reports, saying Swarzak won't be heading to the Phillies.
Swarzak was just sent from the Mets to the Mariners in the blockbuster for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz.
Swarzak winding up right back in the NL East would throw a wrinkle into things, with the Mets having to face the pitcher they just jettisoned after he failed in his first year in New York.
Theoretically, the $8 million owed to Swarzak in 2019 (during what is the final year of his deal) would be assumed by the Phillies, who are also taking on the $58 million owed to Segura.
The above could have an impact on the Phillies' potential pursuit of Manny Machado, but according to Nightengale, they're still open to adding Machado. And Bryce Harper. And Patrick Corbin. As insane and unlikely as that sounds.
The 33-year-old Swarzak struggled in 2018 while also dealing with injuries, posting a 6.15 ERA (5.48 FIP) and 1.59 WHIP in 26.1 innings.