The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Brewers in exchange for outfield prospect Malik Collymore, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. The Cardinals will also receive $3 million from the Brewers with $2 million of it contingent on the Cardinals not exercising 2016 option to cover buyout, accordion to Joel Sherman.
The 31-year-old Broxton has struggled this season after being one of the best relief pitchers in the game earlier in his career. The two-time All-Star has posted an ERA of 5.89 in 36 2/3 innings, while striking out an average of 9.1 batters per nine innings. The Cardinals just acquired Steve Cishek recently to add to their bullpen, which is currently second in baseball with a 2.33 ERA. So obviously the didn’t need to make a move, but you can never have enough quality arms coming out of the pen.
The Brewers will receive the Collymore in return. The 20-year-old outfielder hasn’t played above rookie ball since being drafted in the 10th round of the 2013 draft. He currently owns a slash of .286/.360/.429 in 347 plate appearances during his three seasons.
Jonathan Broxton going to #STLCards in a trade.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 31, 2015
#Brewers announce Broxton to STL for OF Malik Collymore, and are sending cash along with Brox, as expected. Amount unknown.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) July 31, 2015
#Cardinals getting $3M from #Brewers in Broxton deal, but $2M of it is contingent on STL not exercising '16 option to cover buyout.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 31, 2015