Now that the World Series is over, there are sure to be many roster moves over the next few days. Teams have to make decisions on contract options, as well as whether or not to tender contracts to certain players. The Cardinals have kicked off this process, as earlier today they announced several roster moves.
#STLCards exercise 2016 option on Jaime Garcia, decline option on Jonathan Broxton. Kozma, Easley & Tartamella outrighted off 40-man roster— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) November 2, 2015
Jonathan Broxton had a mutual option for 2016 worth $9 million, however the Cardinals have instead decided to exercise their buyout for $2 million instead.
In 60.1 innings this season, Broxton posted a K/9 of 9.40, a BB/9 of 3.28, and a HR/9 of 1.04. His ERA was an ugly 4.62, but his FIP of 3.65, and his SIERA of 3.15 suggest that he was unlucky this season. His ERA with the Cardinals was much lower, as he posted a value of 2.66 in 23.2 innings.
At just 31 years of age, Broxton shouldn't have much trouble finding a new home for 2016 and beyond. Steamer is projecting him for 55 innings next season, along with an ERA of 3.54, and an FIP of 3.56. Teams are always in need of bullpen help, and there should be more than a few suitors interested in Broxton's services.