The Mets have acquired outfielder Keon Broxton from the Brewers in exchange for pitcher Bobby Wahl, minor league pitcher Adam Hill and minor league infielder Feliz Valerio, the team announced.
We’ve acquired outfielder Keon Broxton from Milwaukee in exchange for RHP Bobby Wahl, minor league RHP Adam Hill and minor league infielder Felix Valerio. pic.twitter.com/JH3cS5rqgv— New York Mets (@Mets) January 5, 2019
Braxton heads to New York after mostly playing in Triple-A Colorado last year due to the Brew Crew having added eventual NL MVP Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain to their outfield mix during the offseason. The 28-year-old slashed .254/.323/.421 over 334 plate appearances in the minors. When he did fill in for Cain in the outfield after Cain strained his left groin in June, Broxton managed to play in 51 games, but only slashed .179/.281/.410, which was way down from his .220/.299/.420 from 2017 when he played in 143 games.
However, the Mets are getting a quality defensive player in Broxton and adding depth to an injury-plagued outfield. Last year, Broxton posted a 11 DRS in just 134 innings playing in center field. As for depth, Broxton joins an outfield that includes Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares, with Conforto, Cespedes and Lagares having all suffered either harsh or nagging injuries over the last three seasons.
As for the Brewers, they are adding some depth to their farm system.
Wahl has only appeared in 14 games in his big-league career, but has not faired well as evident of his 6.92 ERA. In Triple-A Las Vegas last year, the 26-year-old right-hander posted a 2.20 ERA in 45 innings while striking out 73.
Hill was the Mets’ fourth-round pick a year ago. In 15 1⁄3 innings in Single-A, the 21-year-old right-hander posted a 2.35 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP with 26 strikeouts.
Valerio played 67 games in the Dominican Summer League last year. The 18-year-old, who played mostly at second base, slashed .319/.409/.433 with 17 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 22 RBI, 54 runs and 16 stolen bases.