The St. Louis Cardinals have gotten a veteran for their bullpen down the stretch by acquiring Jonathan Broxton and cash considerations from the Brewers in exchange for outfielder Malik Collymore, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Our Chris Cotillo has confirmed the deal.
Jonathan Broxton going to #STLCards in a trade.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 31, 2015
Broxton has had an interesting year, posting a 5.89 ERA in 36.2 innings this season. Taking a look at the advance numbers, a different picture is painting. He has a 9.08 K/9 rate, a 2.45 BB/9 rate to go with a 3.65 FIP. The Cardinals are getting a two time All-Star who has pitched in the postseason before with the Dodgers and Reds.
St. Louis added Steve Cishek from the Marlins earlier this month, but this move gives them another veteran option to go to in the high-pressure moments. They also will be getting back Jordan Walden. That would give them Cishek, Broxton, Walden and closer Trevor Rosenthal to close out the game. Broxton has a $9 million mutual option for 2016 that includes a $2 million opt-out clause.
Collymore, 20, is a Canadian-born outfielder who was the Cardinals' tenth-round pick in 2013. He is not ranked among the team's top thirty prospects on MLB.com, and has hit just .216/.326/.378 with two homers and three steals in 23 games with Low-A Johnson City.