Brewers get Broxton from Reds
The Brewers have found the bullpen help they’d been seeking, and it came from within their own division.
In acquiring right-hander Jonathan Broxton from the Reds, the Brewers filled a need for a tested right-hander to help set-up Francisco Rodriguez, a role that has bounced between a number of different players since Rodriguez was installed as the closer on Opening Day. Milwaukee will send two players to be named to Cincinnati in the teams’ first trade since Jim Edmonds went to the Reds in August 2010.
Broxton, 30, owns a 1.86 ERA and seven saves in 51 appearances for the Reds this season, mostly pitching ahead of shutdown closer Aroldis Chapman. He is signed through the end of next season, with a 2016 option that converted from a club option to mutual the moment he was traded.
The Brewers will owe Broxton $9 million next season, and the 2016 option is also for $9 million, with a buyout that increased to $2 million on Sunday because he was traded. Broxton, a former closer for the Dodgers and Royals, would be the leading contender to fill that role in Milwaukee next season should Rodriguez depart via free agency.
Because he joined the organization before the end of August, Broxton will be eligible for the Postseason roster should the Brewers get that far. They entered Sunday on a four-game losing streak, with a one-game lead over the second-place Cardinals and a two-game lead over the third-place Pirates.
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