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The St. Louis Cardinals re-signed Jonathan Broxton, a member of the second-half and post-season bullpen, to a two-year deal

The St. Louis Cardinals re-signed a member of the second-half and post-season bullpen to a two-year deal.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have signed free-agent right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton to a two-year (2016-17) contract. Broxton, who was acquired by the Cardinals in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers this past August, rejoins the team that he'd helped to win the 2015 National League Central title.

Broxton, 31, was 3-3 with a 2.66 ERA in his 26 games with St. Louis last season, striking out 26 batters in 23.2 innings pitched. He allowed just one run in his 12 appearances (12.0 IP; 0.75 ERA) at Busch Stadium in 2015.

A two time (2009-10) All-Star with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Broxton is 39-35 career with a 3.23 ERA and 118 saves (10th among active pitchers). The 6-4, 305-pound Georgia native combined for 63 strikeouts in 60.1 IP between the Cardinals and Brewers last season, averaging 9.4 strikeouts per 9 IP.

Broxton, who had a career-high 36 saves for the Dodgers in 2009, has appeared in 608 games with the Dodgers (2005-11), Kansas City (2012), Cincinnati (2012-14), Milwaukee (2014-15) and St. Louis (2015).

Brian Walton’s take

St. Louis gets back one of the two veteran relievers and former closers they added at the July trade deadline in Broxton. The other, Steve Cishek, was arbitration-eligible and non-tendered last week.

Of the two, Broxton pitched better with St. Louis (2.66 ERA) and earned a spot on the post-season roster as a result. Not only were Cishek and two other veteran relievers, Randy Choate and Matt Belisle, left off the Division Series roster, they are also currently unsigned free agents.

According to media reports, Broxton will be receiving a total of $7.5 million for the 2016-2017 seasons and has been granted full no-trade protection. That amount is down substantially from his $9 million salary in 2015, the final season of a three-year, $21 million deal signed with Cincinnati in November 2012.

With St. Louis next season, the 6-foot-4, 305-pound Broxton is expected to rejoin the set-up scrum ahead of closer Trevor Rosenthal.

Broxton is the second Cardinals free agent to come to terms on Thursday, joining infielder Mark Reynolds, who moved to the Colorado Rockies on a one-year, $2.6 million deal.

With the move, St. Louis now has 37 players on its 40-man roster.

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