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2019 Fantasy Boom - Anthony Swarzak

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In this edition of 2019 Fantasy Boom, we examine reliever Anthony Swarzak of the Seattle Mariners.

Acquired by the Mariners during the mega-trade with New York Mets which saw the team send Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano to the Mets, Swarzak slides into the ninth inning role to start the season.

Swarzak, 33, appeared in 29 games last season for the Mets due to injury, posting a 6.15 ERA. However, he put together a solid 2017 season, splitting time between the White Sox and Brewers, compiling a 2.33 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 70 total appearances.

Although he only has 6 career big-league saves, Swarzak has the stuff to close out games. With a fastball and slider, he's struck out 166 hitters in 135 appearances since the 2015 season, while walking a total of 47 hitters.

The Mariners don't have a particularly strong bullpen, but Swarzak will likely be a solid bet as the first guy out of the bullpen for the ninth inning. The team also has potential closers in Cory Gearrin and Shawn Armstrong, but I don't factor them into the equation unless Swarzak really falters. Nevertheless, Swarzak will be on track for a ~30 save season and a nice middle-to-late pickup.