Jonathan Broxton Signs Two-Year Deal with St. Louis Cardinals


The 31-year old pitcher was acquired from the Brewers at the deadline.

P Jonathan Broxton has signed a two-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. The contract is for $7.5 million over the two years. As a Cardinal last season, Broxton pitched 23.2 innings over 26 games after pitching 36.2 innings over 40 games as a Brewer. After losing two of their starters this offseason, some continuity in the bullpen is quite welcome. Broxton might be called upon as a long reliever to reduce the reliance on Kevin Siegrist and Trevor Rosenthal later in games.

Broxton’s stats over nine innings were serviceable. His 9.9 SO/9, 0.8 HR/9, and 4.6 BB/9 were far from the best on the staff in 2015. With how the pitching staff has been depleted this offseason with Lance Lynn’s injury and John Lackey’s departure to the Chicago Cubs, serviceable just might be enough.

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The former All-Star closer’s return comes as somewhat of a surprise. The Cardinals declined his $9 million-dollar option last month, and it seemed like he would seek a fresh start elsewhere.