Cardinals Acquire Broxton for Bullpen

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton from the Milwaukee Brewers.

The St. Louis Cardinals are acquiring relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton from the Milwaukee Brewers. In return, Johnson City outfielder Malik Collymore is moving to the Brewers.

Since Broxton is highly overpaid considering his current role, there is also an undisclosed amount of money involved to cover part of his his salary. Broxton is making $9 million this season with a $1 million buyout to avoid another $9 million commitment next season.

Broxton, a former closer, has a 5.89 ERA this season, but he has struck out a batter per inning. The 31-year-old has improved lately, allowed runs in just one of his last 10 outings. The right-hander will likely help set up in St. Louis along with incumbents Kevin Siegrist and Seth Maness and other former closers Steve Cishek and Jordan Walden. The latter is pitching in rehab at Triple-A.

Collymore

Collymore, 20, is a former second baseman who was the 10th-round draft selection of the Cardinals in 2013. The right-handed hitter had a strong 2014 season with the bat in the Gulf Coast League, where he was an All-Star with a .333 average.

The Canadian was shifted to the outfield for 2015 and was playing for the Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League, where he slipped to a .216 mark in 23 games. In The Cardinal Nation’s June top 40 prospect rankings, Collymore was 32nd. His future value may hinge on whether or not he can handle center field duties as he moves up.

The Cardinals will need to make 25-man and 40-man roster moves to accommodate Broxton. Those will be announced when he is ready to be activated.

Brian Walton’s take

It will be interesting to see which Broxton shows up in St. Louis. The recent Broxton has been fine, but the guy who was hammered for most of the first half will be a hindrance. It also raises questions as to Walden’s stability. Veteran reliever Matt Belisle is already on the 60-day DL.

Collymore is still young, stout and strong, with plenty of potential. Yet, he is learning a new position and is still in rookie-ball, many levels away from the Majors.

To me, this deal will look a lot better if the Brewers will be assuming most of the remaining commitment on Broxton’s contract.

Update

To accommodate Broxton on the 25-man roster, reliever Miguel Socolovich was optioned to Memphis. The 40-man move was to designate for assignment reliever Marcus Hatley. There he joins Dan Johnson, DFA’ed to make room for Brandon Moss.



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