Michael Schwimer knew something was up when instead of being brought into the game to pitch his scheduled inning Saturday he was summoned to the clubhouse to speak with assistant general manager Scott Proefrock.
Schwimer, a 27-year-old reliever, was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor-league first baseman Art Charles.
According to both Schwimer and Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr., a dispute between the pitcher and the team over an injury late last season had nothing to do with the team’s decision to move the reliever who finished third in innings pitched in the Phillies’ bullpen last season.
Amaro said a glut of relievers, the desire to add power potential to the system, and potential issues with roster space led to the deal.
Schwimer said the Phillies made the deal to better their club now or in the future and added that the Phils weren’t a team that would “let any petty differences affect them wanting to win.”
Still, one has to wonder if the relationship between the two sides impacted the parting. Pitching coach Rich Dubee described Schwimer as “an arm that should pitch in the big leagues if he sticks to doing things the right way instead of being too macho at times and coming out of his delivery.” Schwimer had options remaining, meaning he could have been sent to the minors. There was no overriding pressure to trade him.
Phillies, Schwimer say injury dispute not reason for trade to Jays
CSN Philly | Feb 24