The Cardinals have parted ways with Jonathan Broxton after a year and a half of struggles.
The St. Louis Cardinals finally did what a vocal portion of the fan base has been begging them to do for about a year and a half now, releasing reliever Jonathan Broxton before Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Derrick Goold reported the news first. Righthander John Gant was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to replace him on the roster.
Broxton had posted a 6.89 ERA and 2.17 WHIP through 15 2/3 innings this season, and he allowed two runs to score on four hits and a walk in last night’s 9-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 32-year-old reliever hasn’t posted an ERA under 4.00 since 2014 and has done so just twice since 2010. It’s been a rather odd career for the hefty righthander, who was once a successful closer for the Dodgers, making the All-Star game in 2009 and 2010.
The 24-year-old Gant, who was acquired from the Atlanta Braves in the Jaime García trade this winter, has posted a 2.19 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in three starts at Memphis this season after beginning the season on the DL with a groin injury. Gant posted a 4.86 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 20 appearances (including seven starts) over 50 innings last season in his first taste of big-league action for the Braves.
Even if Broxton signs with a new club, the Cardinals will be on the hook for the rest of Broxton’s $3.75 million-dollar salary this season.