The Phillies traded RHP Mike Schwimer to Toronto for young, raw 1B Art Charles. The Phils have a glut of young relievers on the 40-man roster, and Schwimer, 27, became the odd man out. He went 2-1 with a 4.46 ERA in 35 games for the Phils last season, but had his season end oddly when he and the organization had a difference of opinion over an injury he believed was responsible for some struggles before he was sent to the minors.
Charles, 22, is a 6-6 left-handed hitter who had 13 HR in 212 ABs last season between Rookie ball and low-A. He also struck out 74 times, but drew 46 walks and had a .381 OBP despite a .236 average.
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