Anthony Swarzak agrees to minor league deal with D-backs

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FILE - Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak works in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Atlanta, in this Wednesday, June 19, 2019, file photo. The Arizona Diamondbacks have added veteran reliever Anthony Swarzak as a non-roster invitee to spring training. The team announced it added the 35-year-old right-hander on Thursday, March 4, 2021. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Reliever Anthony Swarzak agreed to a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will be at major league spring training camp as a non-roster invitee.

The team announced it added the 35-year-old right-hander on Thursday. He last pitched in the big leagues in 2019 for the Atlanta Braves and had a 4.31 ERA in 44 appearances after he was acquired from Seattle that May 20.

Swarzak has played for eight teams over 10 seasons, and has a 4.32 ERA in 32 starts and 343 relief appearances.

Swarzak should have a chance to earn a role in the Diamondbacks' bullpen with several roles up for grabs. Swarzak is the third veteran reliever the D-backs have added in recent weeks, joining Tyler Clippard and Joakim Soria. Both of those pitchers signed big-league deals.

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