According to the official Twitter account of the Phillies (@Phillies), the Phillies have traded reliever Michael Schwimer to the Toronto Blue Jays for first-baseman Arthur Charles.
Schwimer, 27, was lit up in 2012 giving up 30 hits and posting a 4.46 ERA, in 30 appearances. After being demoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in August, Schwimer, made it public that he believed he was sent down due to being injured and not due to his sub-par performance. According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, by sending Schwimer down to Triple-A and not putting him on the DL, the Phillies saved Schwimer from accumulating MLB service time, which set the arbitration process back. Either way Schwimer was expected to called back up less than a week later when the big league rosters expanded for September. It became clear that things between Schwimer and the Phillies had soured when Schwimer was not called back up in September.
With this offseason’s additions of Mike Adams and Chad Durbin, and with the evolution of Phillippe Amount and Jeremy Horst, Schwimmer seemed like an obvious odd-man out of the Phillies bullpen, especially taking into account how 2012 ended. The only sad part about this for me, is that the Phillies will never fulfill my dreams of adding a pool to the outfield and calling it the Schwiming Pool.
As for Schwimer’s compensation the Phillies were able to pick up Single-A first baseman Athur Charles, who goes by Art. Charles, 22, hit seven homeruns in Single-A for the Blue Jays in 2012.