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Phillies trade reliever Michael Schwimer to Blue Jays

Feb 23, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

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Jim Salisbury of reports that the Phillies have traded right-handed reliever Michael Schwimer to the Blue Jays for minor league first baseman Art Charles.

Schwimer, who turned 27 earlier this week, has a 4.62 ERA and 52/23 K/BB ratio over 48 2/3 innings in the big leagues. He made 35 appearances with the Phillies last season and found himself in the middle of a controversy in August when he refused to report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after claiming that he was injured. He eventually reported and the MLBPA later investigated the matter, but it’s not clear if a grievance was ever filed against the Phillies.

While Schwimer could turn out to be a useful middle reliever for the Blue Jays, Charles isn’t much of a prospect. The 22-year-old has a .239/.358/.482 batting line over three seasons in the minors and has never played above Low-A. While he has some pop, he has struck out in 30 percent of his plate appearances.

  1. paint771 - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    This follows the recent tradition under AA of capitalizing on a particular kind of undervalued asset – players whose organizations hate their guts. :)

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      The Triple A team in Buffalo will have a very good pitching staff.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        He’s reporting to Double A?

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        Buffalo is Triple A.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:21 PM

        Sorry, I didn’t use the sarcasm font….try it again that way :)

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:14 AM

        Is he any relation to Benji Schwimmer?

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      Undervalued? I would say you won’t feel that way when he pitches for you guys….then I remembered he probably won’t see the Majors.

  2. beefytrout - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    He was funny on “Friends”.

    • gammagammahey - Feb 24, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      The Jays should try and get Wade “Matt” LeBlanc too.

    • deathmonkey41 - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      What an incredibly stupid comment…this guy doesn’t own a monkey named Marcel. Duh.

  3. ml3939 - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Delmon Young said he had to go.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    he will fit in well with a loser franchise like toronto

    • Detroit Michael - Feb 24, 2013 at 7:03 AM

      Toronto’s lifetime winning percentage is .496. The Phillies are at .473.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 24, 2013 at 8:07 AM

        For the record – I am NOT agreeing with Dirty Harry at all…..

        That said, you can’t quote massively uneven lifetime percentages like that. The Phillies played 82 seasons before the MLB draft, and 93 seasons wihout free agency. The Blue Jays had zero such seasons If you count it since the Blue Jays entered the league, the Phillies are a good chunk ahead. If you want to give the Blue Jays 5 years to ramp up, they are even.

      • tuberippin - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        DirtyHarry is a sore loser who has been making plenty of douchey comments in light of Toronto’s roster improvements, so like the above poster I am not attempting to convey the fact that Toronto is a “loser franchise”.

        That said, comparing lifetime records between a franchise that has been around since 1883 with a franchise that has been around since 1977 is ridiculous. At least pick a team that has been around within the same time frame if you’re going to compare life time records. Seattle, maybe? Both franchises were established in 1977.

      • Detroit Michael - Feb 25, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        Let’s ignore the first five years for Toronto, when they were just an expansion team. From 1982-2012, Toronto holds the edge, with a .516 to .504 winning percentage. If one considered just the last 10 years, obviously, Philadelphia has a big edge.

        Given that the first comment was about which one was a “loser franchise” I thought comparing franchise records was the least arbitrary comparison. In any case, no Phillies fan gets to call someone else’s team a “loser franchise” given Philadelphia’s history and not be called out on the facts.

      • Utley's Hair - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        dirtyharry1971 is most assuredly NOT a Phightins Phan. First, he’s a troll. Second, he is a Yakees fan.

    • tuberippin - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      ^Correct, he is a Yankees fan, which is why he’s so sore about Toronto upgrading their roster and likely performing much better than the Yankees this coming season.

  5. greymares - Feb 24, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    traded for the proverbial bag of baseballs.

    • tuberippin - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      Addition by subtraction.

  6. mungman69 - Feb 24, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Nobody for nobody.

  7. cowboysoldiertx - Feb 24, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Bobby Witt was once traded for a steak dinner.

  8. tuberippin - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Toronto is hoping that this trade goes schwimmingly

  9. elcomputo - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Mr. Charles has been holding back, waiting to be traded to the Phils, where he can show off his true talent with the bat. Once in the fold, he will become the next Babe Ruth. However, need I remind you, Mr. Ruth has not been hitting for average these past three seasons, either?

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