Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 10
The Brewers have announced two players the Reds have selected to complete the Jonathan Broxton trade:
RHP Kevin Shackelford and RHP Barrett Astin have been sent to Cincinnati to complete the 8/31 trade for RHP Jonathan Broxton.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 11, 2014
Relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton has reportedly been traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Milwaukee Brewers in the midst of a run toward the playoffs for the Brew Crew.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the trade on Twitter Sunday:
Fox Sports: MLB provides more on the trade:
Broxton is a former closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers who compiled 79 saves from 2008 to 2011 with the franchise. During his time with the Reds, he has rarely been asked to take on that role with just 11 saves over the last two-plus seasons.
Reds manager Bryan Price spoke about the veteran reliever prior to the season, per John Fay of The Enquirer:
He's nearing, if not in the prime of his career. He wants to set an example for the right way to play ... I think he embraces that role. I don't think he's as quiet as he may come across. He's not going to light someone's shoes on fire or come screaming through the clubhouse, but he's a very affable, engaging guy.
Despite not being asked to close out games, Broxton has put together one of his best seasons in relief for Cincinnati this year. He has a 4-2 record with a 1.86 ERA, 37 strikeouts and 17 walks during 48.1 innings pitched with the club.
Adam McCalvy of MLB.com provides details on what the trade provides for the Brewers:
Long view: With Rodriguez going to free agency, Broxton becomes a contender to close for the #Brewers in 2015 and, if they want him, 2016.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 31, 2014
Rosenthal did not provide details on what the Reds received in return for Broxton. But with the team now six games under .500 and well outside of the NL Central race at 8.5 games behind, this provides Broxton a chance to compete for a potential postseason team.
The move could prove to be one that moves Broxton into the back end of the bullpen again, per The Brewer Nation:
Broxton will join the team tomorrow in Chicago. He'll immediately help solidify back end of the bullpen and will be in mix to close in '15.— The Brewer Nation (@BrewerNation) August 31, 2014
While the trade may come as a surprise as the two teams are in the same division, it might not prove to be a long-term move for the Brewers. Broxton has just one year remaining on his contract after this season, per Spotrac.com, with a club option for the 2016 season.
If he can continue to put up similar numbers to those he's produced thus far, this could be a huge move for Milwaukee down the road. In a playoff chase that features numerous strong teams, adding to the bullpen will only help as it heads down the stretch of the 2014 season.
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