The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a two-year deal with reliever Jonathan Broxton, according to Tom Ackerman of KMOX radio in St. Louis:
Jonathan Broxton signs a two-year deal to return to the @Cardinals bullpen. No financial details just yet.— Tom Ackerman (@Ackerman1120) December 10, 2015
Broxton finished 2015 in St. Louis after going to the Cardinals from Milwaukee in a trade at the trade deadline. He made 26 appearances with the Cardinals after the trade, pitching 23⅔ innings with a 2.66 ERA and 1.35 WHIP to go with 26 strikeouts. He also allowed a run in 2⅓ postseason innings.
His performance in St. Louis marked a return to form for Broxton after struggling in Milwaukee, where he posted a 5.55 ERA in 47 innings over parts of two seasons. In his 11-year career, Broxton has a 3.23 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 599⅔ innings and 608 appearances. He was an All-Star in 2009 and 2010 when he was closing games for the Dodgers.
Broxton will likely be used at the back end of the St. Louis bullpen setting up closer Trevor Rosenthal along with lefty Kevin Siegrist, among others. The addition of Broxton marks the first significant activity with the Cardinals bullpen, though they did non-tender Steve Cishek and let Carlos Villanueva go in free agency.
Bringing back Broxton gives the Cardinals another solid piece in what was a strong bullpen in 2015 that looks to be returning mostly intact for 2016, what remains to be seen is any other additions they may make to their relief corps.