Los Angeles Dodgers Sign SP Nabil Crismatt, OF Travis Swaggerty

Nabil Crismatt of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the game at Chase Field on August 26, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Reds defeated the Diamondbacks 8-7 in 11 innings. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

By Matthew Tallarini
World Baseball Network

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed starting pitcher Nabil Crismatt and outfielder Travis Swaggerty to minor league deals, the organization reported on their transaction page on Wednesday. 

Crismatt, 28, was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, and has played four seasons in Major League Baseball, with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2020, the San Diego Padres from 2021-23, and the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2023. 

Crismatt elected free agency on October 10 prior to signing with the Dodgers and was assigned on Wednesday to the organization’s Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City. 

Crimatt made his Major League debut with the Cardinals on Aug. 17, 2020. 

Crismatt has appeared in 109 games and has a lifetime 3.76 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 170 innings pitched. 

Last season with the Padres and the Diamondbacks, Crismatt posted an 0-2 record with a 8.31 ERA in eight games out of the bullpen, throwing 13 innings, allowing 12 earned runs, three home runs, seven walks, and 12 strikeouts. 

Crismatt also spent time with Triple-A El Paso in the Padres organization and Triple-A Reno in the Diamondbacks organization during the 2023 regular season. Crismatt threw 59 innings, posting a 5-3 record with a 6.86 ERA in 23 appearances and nine starts, allowing 71 hits, 45 earned runs, 14 home runs, 23 walks, 55 strikeouts, and a 1.593 WHIP in Triple-A. 

Crismatt elected free agency from the Padres on June 25 and signed a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks on June 30. Crimatt was released by the Diamondbacks on August 2 and was signed again to a minor league contract six days later. He finished the 2023 regular season in Arizona.   

Crismatt has played for the Colombian national team at the 2015 Pan American Games, 2017 World Baseball Classic, and 2023 World Baseball Classic. He pitched in Colombia’s 5-4 win against Mexico this past March at the World Baseball Classic, allowing one earned run on three hits in four innings.

Swaggerty, 26, was born in Covington, La., and has played one season in MLB with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2022. 

Swaggerty was drafted as the 10th overall pick in the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft by Pittsburgh and signed on June 15, 2018, foregoing his senior season at the University of South Alabama. 

Swaggerty has played in with the Pirates organization and played for Triple-A Indianapolis from 2021-23. 

Last season, Swaggerty played at Low-A Bradenton, High-A Greensboro, and Triple-A Indianapolis. In 22 games, he hit .195 over 91 plate appearances recording 15 hits, four doubles, three triples, one home run, five RBI, four stolen bases, 12 walks, and 24 strikeouts prior to him being released by the organization on July 19. 

Swaggerty was placed on the 7-day injured list three times last season on April 21, May 31, and June 16. The Pirates organization never released any medical information on Swaggerty last season and remains unspecified. 

Swaggerty signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox on August 15 and was assigned to the Arizona Complex League on August 16. He was released by the organization on October 10. 

In 2022, Swaggerty made his MLB debut on June 7, 2022, with the Pirates. He played in five MLB games and hit .111 in nine plate appearances, with one hit and four strikeouts. 

Swaggerty also played in 107 games with Triple-A Indianapolis in 2022, hitting .254 over 458 plate appearances with 101 hits, 15 doubles, eight triples, nine home runs, 55 RBI, 20 stolen bases, 57 walks, 117 strikeouts, and a .747 OPS. 

During his five seasons in the minors, Swaggerty has a lifetime average of .250 in 314 games with 294 hits, 49 doubles, 16 triples, 27 home runs, 127 RBI, 59 stolen bases, 154 walks, 323 strikeouts, and a .729 OPS. 

The Dodgers will play their first Spring Training game against the Los Angeles Angels on February 24 on the road at Tempe Diablo Stadium at 3 p.m. EST.

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