The Brewers have acquired reliever Jonathan Broxton in a trade with the Reds, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Cincinnati will receive two players to be named later in the deal, which does not involve cash changing hands.
Broxton, 30, will serve as a late-inning reliever for the Brewers and could be the setup man for closer Francisco Rodriguez during the stretch run and postseason. He has posted a 4-2 record and 1.86 ERA in 48.1 innings out of the Reds' bullpen this season, and will join Jeremy Jeffress, Marco Estrada, Will Smith and Brandon Kintzler as right-handers in the Brewers' relief corps.
The Brewers considered adding a reliever at the non-waiver trade deadline, but were unable to make a deal until today to bolster their bullpen. Season-ending injuries to Jim Henderson and Tyler Thornburg increased the urgency of their search, with Broxton being acquired after the Brewers claimed him off revocable trade waivers.
Broxton, who signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Reds before last season, is owed about $1.1 million for the remainder of this season in addition to a $9 million salary for next year. His deal also includes a $9 million mutual option for 2016 that includes a $2 million buyout, so the Brewers will pay him more than $12 million in guaranteed money over the next two seasons.