Alex Anthopoulos continued his love affair with relief pitchers on Saturday, acquiring right-hander Michael Schwimer from the Philadephia Phillies in exchange for minor league first baseman Art Charles.
The team announced the acquisition through an official press release on Saturday.
The 27-year-old Schwimer was a 14th round selection by the Phillies in the 2008 draft and has appeared in 47 games between 2011 and 2012, pitching mostly in mop-up duty. He holds a 3-2 record with a lifetime ERA of 4.62 and 9.6 K/9 ratio. The University of Virginia product has fared better in the minors, achieving a 22-11 record with a 2.60 ERA and a 11.8 K/9 ratio.
In Charles, the Blue Jays are sending Philadelphia their 20th round selection in the 2010 MLB draft. In 3 seasons in the minors, the 22-year-old Charles has spent most of his time in rookie ball, but received a late season promotion to Vancouver in 2012. In 169 career games, Charles owns an average of .239 with 28 home runs, 108 RBI, and a .840 OPS.
At 6ft 8in, Schwimer offers a unique size and could possibly become a mid-season call-up for the Blue Jays should the need arise, but he will likely spend most of the season in Buffalo waiting for that opportunity.