Broxton agreed to a two-year contract with the Cardinals on Thursday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The veteran reliever will rejoin the Cardinals on a two-year deal after having his team option declined by the club shortly after the season's conclusion. Broxton had a rocky first half in 2015, but settled in nicely down the stretch with a 2.28 ERA and 9.4 K/9 mark after the All-Star break. He figures to again be a fixture in the seventh and eighth innings for the Cardinals in 2016.
Broxton had his team option declined Monday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. Broxton actually enjoyed success after a midseason trade to the Cardinals, working to a 2.66 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 23.2 innings in St. Louis, but he'll now become a free agent. After struggling throughout much of the first half as a member of the Brewers, the 31-year-old's strong second half should help him land a spot in the back end of a bullpen.
Cardinals pitcher Jonathan Broxton (4-5) earned a win after walking one during a scoreless inning in Monday's 3-0 victory over the Pirates. Tossing a scoreless frame and leaving the game tied through eight innings, Broxton became the pitcher of record when St. Louis scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning. Broxton has provided a boost to St. Louis' bullpen since his trade deadline acquisition from the Brewers, posting a 2.45 ERA and 10.64 K/9 since joining the Cardinals.
Veteran reliever Jonathan Broxton has been traded from the Brewers to the Cardinals, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed. The Brewers are receiving minor-league outfielder Malik Collymore in the deal. The 31-year-old Broxton has been pitching well lately with seven consecutive scoreless appearances. But his ERA on the season is 5.89. He has allowed 41 hits in 36 2/3 innings.
The struggles of Brewers setup man Jonathan Broxton means he is no longer their setup man. In fact, nobody is at the moment. Craig Counsell has declared that he will mix-and-match in such situations going forward unless someone emerges. Broxton has allowed 15 runs in his last 18 1/3 innings. His latest mistake landed over the fence Friday night, courtesy of Diamondbacks shorstop Nick Ahmed and breaking a 4-4 deadlock. Counsell said after the game that Broxton is finding it difficult to miss bats. "I feel like there's a little bit of a lack of a put-away [pitch] for him," he told MLB.com. "I think we start thinking about [removing Broxton from the setup role] because it's a big spot and we need outs in those spots. We need to give ourselves a chance in those spots. Those are big leverage innings he's pitching and we have to get outs in those innings." Asked who will take over for Broxton, he said it would not be one guy.