Dipoto makes second trade of the season
April 1, 2019
We're just six games into the season, and General Manager Jerry Dipoto has already made two trades. The first, last Friday, brought in backup catcher Tom Murhpy. Today's deal with the Texas Rangers nets the Mariners relief pitcher Connor Sadzeck (not to be confused with Anthony Swarzak).
Sadzeck has had a brief taste of the big-leagues—91⁄3 innings with the Rangers last season—but has little experience above Double-A. Last season he threw 38 innings for Round Rock in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, where he was uninspiring (5-3, 4.03 ERA, 1.368 WHIP) but not terrible. Thought to be a smart pick for the Rangers' bullpen going into spring training, Sadzeck disappointed in camp and was designated for assignment. Not having any minor-league options left, the 27-year-old right-hander will have to immediately go on the Mariners' active roster or once again be DFA'd.
Seattle's bullpen has had its issues in the early going, and adding a fresh arm isn't a bad idea. Whether Sadzeck will be immediately useful however, is doubtful. His history suggest control is a problem, and over his professional career has issued more than four walks per nine innings. This spring, he pitched to a 8.59 ERA and 1.636 WHIP to get him tossed off Texas' roster. He does throw hard, but 95+ on the radar gun means nothing if you can't find the plate.
That said, at this point Sadzeck promises to be no worse than current bullpen options Nick Rumbelow and perhaps Zac Rosscup.
Going the other way in the trade was right-hander Grant Anderson, a 21-year-old drafted last summer out of McNeese State University in Louisiana. Anderson pitched 13 innings at three levels of introductory pro ball for the M's last season (Peoria, Everett, and Clinton).