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Braves trade for reliever Anthony Swarzak

By Jake Elman
Braves trade for reliever Anthony Swarzak
Former Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak has a 4.33 ERA in 10 seasons. File Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo

May 20 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Braves announced they acquired right-handed relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak and cash from the Seattle Mariners on Monday.

Swarzak, 33, had a 5.27 ERA in 15 games for the Mariners this year. He struck out 17 hitters in 13 2/3 innings.

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Swarzak has a 4.33 career ERA in 10 seasons. He had a 6.15 ERA in 29 games with the Mets last year.

The Braves traded injured closer Arodys Vizcaíno and left-hander Jesse Biddle to Seattle. Vizcaíno is out for the rest of this season after undergoing right shoulder surgery in mid-April.

Biddle had a 5.40 ERA in 15 games for the Braves this season. The team designated him for assignment last week.

Atlanta released veteran Jonny Venters on Saturday and re-signed left-hander Jerry Blevins in his place.

Atlanta is 25-22 this season. The Braves are 2 1/2 games behind Philadelphia in the NL East Division.

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