The Brewers made a move to strengthen their bullpen today, acquiring Jonathan Broxton from the Reds.
The Brewers have acquired right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Cincinnati Reds, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal.
Broxton has been great this year for the Reds, posting a 1.86 ERA and 1.01 WHIP over 51 games this season. Over 10 major league seasons, the 30-year-old has a 3.05 ERA overall while playing with the Dodgers, Royals and Reds.
Milwaukee had reportedly been seeking a proven right-handed reliever for some time now. Broxton can help out a bullpen that has been in severe danger of being completely overworked. Zach Duke, Francisco Rodriguez and Will Smith have all pitched over 60 games already, with Brandon Kintzler appearing in 51. Rob Wooten, who has been up and down from Triple-A, has appeared in the next most with 39 games pitched.
The timing of this deal means that Broxton will be allowed on the playoff roster without the need for any loopholes. They will have to add him to the roster, though, which means someone will have to go to the minors for a day.
Broxton is in the second year of a three-year, $21 million deal that will see him being paid another $9 million for 2015.
The Brewers are giving up two players to be named later. Assumedly they won't be great given Broxton's contract.
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