Brett Wallace clears waivers, gets camp invite

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Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that first baseman Brett Wallace has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City. He will be in Astros camp this spring as a non-roster invitee, hoping to earn back his 40-man roster spot.

Wallace was designated for assignment by the Houston front office last week to make room for newly-signed starting pitcher Jerome Williams.

Wallace was selected 13th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft and was the centerpiece of a trade for Matt Holliday one year later, but he’s a .242/.313/.391 career hitter in 1,077 major league plate appearances and will turn 28 years old this summer. Hope is running out.

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.