Broxton was released by the Cardinals, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Broxton has been nothing short of awful this season, with Tuesday's debacle raising his ERA to 6.89 and his WHIP to 2.17. He has a lot of major-league experience to his name, but he's three years removed from his best form, which could harm his chances of latching on with a new team in free agency.
Broxton gave up two earned runs on four hits and a walk over an inning in Tuesday's 9-4 loss to the Dodgers. He struck out two.
Following 3.2 innings of scoreless relief by bullpen mates John Brebbia, Brett Cecil and Kevin Siegrist, Broxton got himself into trouble in the ninth and allowed the Dodgers' final pair of runs on the evening. The 32-year-old looked like he might be hitting his stride when he posted a seven-appearance scoreless streak between April 27 and May 16, but he's given up five earned runs over the 3.2 innings encompassing his subsequent six outings while raising his ERA from 5.25 to 6.89.
Broxton (0-1) gave up an earned run on a hit and a walk over two-thirds of an inning in Tuesday's 2-1 extra-inning loss to the Dodgers. He also recorded a strikeout.
Brought on in the 13th in relief of closer Seung-Hwan Oh, Broxton breezed through Austin Barnes and Yasiel Puig before issuing a two-out walk to Kike Hernandez. He then promptly surrendered a double to Logan Forsythe on a 1-1 pitch, ending the 13-inning marathon. It was the second stumble for Broxton over his last three outings, as he'd given up two earned runs to the Giants without getting an out on May 19 as well. The 32-year-old has put together multiple stretches of scoreless efforts, but has also given up multiple earned runs in four of the five outings in which he's been scored upon. That's led to an unsightly 6.75 ERA and 2.18 WHIP over 7.2 innings, despite the fact that Broxton has also blanked opponents in 12 other appearances.
Broxton struck out one and gave up two hits over a scoreless eighth inning in Friday's 10-0 win over the Braves.
The 32-year-old right-hander now has three consecutive one-inning, two-hit, scoreless appearances, as he continues to pitch to contact but mostly avoids disaster. Broxton had surrendered fewer hits than innings pitched in five straight seasons coming into this season, but he's now yielded 14 hits over 8.2 frames in 2017, leading to an unsightly 2.31 WHIP. However, following a rough April 10 outing against the Nationals in which he gave up three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, Broxton has turned in scoreless efforts in six of his seven subsequent trips to the mound.
Broxton failed to record an out in the ninth inning in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Brewers, giving up two hits and two earned runs.
Charged with protecting a relatively comfortable 6-2 lead, the right-hander got matters off on the wrong foot by surrendering a solo home run to Manny Pina and an infield single to Keon Broxton. That was enough to bring on Seung Hwan Oh, who yielded a single to Jonathan Villar that placed another run on Broxton's ledger, though he ultimately closed it out. The veteran reliever had put together three straight scoreless outings following a pair of rough appearances against the Reds and Nationals, so Sunday's outcome represented a setback. Broxton now has an 11.12 ERA and 2.47 WHIP along with an unsightly 5:6 K:BB over his first 5.2 innings.
Broxton pitched a scoreless inning in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Yankees, surrendering one hit and uncorking a wild pitch while recording two strikeouts.
The veteran right-hander worked around a single to Brett Gardner and a wild pitch that advanced him to second, disposing of Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter on swinging strikeouts to close out the frame. It was a nice bounce-back performance for Broxton, who'd surrendered five earned runs over 1.2 innings across his previous two trips to the mound. While his ERA still sits at 12.27, perhaps Saturday's outing could be the start of a turnaround.
Broxton pitched a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Cubs but issued two walks.
Broxton enjoyed a solid spring where he posted an excellent 1.64 ERA over 11 innings, and he got the regular season off to a strong start Tuesday. Although he issued free passes to Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber -- the latter was an intentional walk -- he got through the frame on just 12 pitches. The veteran reliever will look to add to his streak of five consecutive seasons with double-digit holds in 2017.
Broxton was credited with his first hold in Tuesday's 9-2 Grapefruit League victory over the Marlins, pitching a clean fourth inning and recording a strikeout.
The veteran reliever kept his spring record unblemished in terms of ERA, as he's yet to surrender a run over the four innings spanning his four appearances. Broxton has also notched a trio of whiffs over that span and allowed just a .154 average. The 32-year-old right-hander is expected to enjoy a robust bullpen role once again in 2017 after pitching over 60 innings in each of the last two campaigns.
Broxton, who's slated to once again be a prominent part of the Cardinals bullpen in 2017, will look to significantly improve his performance at Busch Stadium, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
The 32-year-old righty's home/road splits last season were rather alarming, as Broxton amassed a 6.83 ERA, 3.72 BB/9, 1.48 WHIP and .338 wOBA over 29.0 innings at Busch Stadium. In contrast, he generated a 1.99 ERA and .181 BAA across 31.2 road frames, which kept him as a reasonably effective option overall, but one that the Cardinals hope can provide much steadier results across the board in the coming campaign. Broxton was durable last season despite the aforementioned home struggles, firing over 60 innings for the second straight year in the middle relief role he'll reprise in 2017.
Broxton allowed five earned runs with eight strikeouts and two walks over 10 innings during July.
It's been a roller-coaster ride for Broxton this season, as he posted a combined 1.27 ERA in April and June, but a 7.03 ERA over May and July. Despite Broxton's inconsistency, manager Mike Matheny still likes to go to him in close games, giving Broxton six hold chances in July; he's converted four.
Broxton could see save chances with Trevor Rosenthal removed from the closer role, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Seung Hwan Oh and Kevin Siegrist were also mentioned by manager Mike Matheny as candidates to see save opportunities. Broxton seems like a distant third in the competition, as he has a walk rate over 12 percent and a FIP over 4.00 this season, but the 32-year-old does have experience closing games.
Broxton (1-0) struck out one and gave up one hit in two innings of Friday's 9-3 extra-inning victory over the Pirates.
The veteran righty got the job done over his two frames and secured his first win of the season after the Cardinals' six-run explosion in the top half of the 12th inning. The 31-year-old has six consecutive scoreless outings and has pitched well overall this season outside of two forgettable outings. Broxton has recorded five holds, while also sporting a 23:14 K:BB.
Broxton struck out one in a scoreless inning against the Dodgers on Friday.
Broxton has logged two consecutive hitless appearances and has tallied two strikeouts during that time. The 31-year-old middle reliever owns a 2.40 ERA and 9.00 K/9 over 15 innings.
Broxton pitched a scoreless eighth inning, walking two and striking out one in the Cardinals 2-1 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.
Broxton has been used mainly as the eighth inning guy and has pitched well. He's only given up one earned run over 5.1 innings and has struck out seven batters. He'll likely be counted on this year in the seventh or eighth innings before Trevor Rosenthal takes the hill in the ninth.
Broxton pitched a scoreless seventh Friday against Detroit, giving up two singles in the process.
Broxton has pitched five innings this spring, allowing four hits and a run while striking out two and walking one. He's looked solid and should be in line for a fair amount of bridge work in getting the Cardinals to their setup men and closer. The role will make his hold numbers hard to project, though, so he probably won't hold much value in all but the deepest of leagues.
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.
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