Braves non-tender Johnson and Church

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As expected, the Braves have non-tendered second baseman Kelly Johnson and outfielder Ryan Church.
Church was designated for assignment earlier this week in order to make
room for newly-acquired right-hander Rafael Soriano on the 40-man
roster.




Johnson batted .224/.303/.389
with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 303 at-bats in ’09, while Church hit
.273/.338/.384 with four home runs and 40 RBI in 359 at-bats between
the Braves and Mets.

Mets sign reliever Anthony Swarzak

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Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets have signed reliever Anthony Swarzak. It’s a two-year, $14 million deal, pending a physical.

Swarzak is an eight-year big league veteran who pitched for the White Sox and Brewers in 2017, posting a 2.33 ERA in 70 games. The righty struck out 10.6 batters per nine innings while walking 2.6. It was a really nice year and he’s a really nice pickup for the Mets, even if he is a fallback choice after they failed to sign Bryan Shaw.