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Reds trade setup man Jonathan Broxton to the Brewers

Aug 31, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

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The National League Central-leading Brewers just made a pretty significant upgrade to their bullpen.

From Ken Rosenthal of comes word that Milwaukee has acquired right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton in a waiver trade with the Reds. No word yet on Cincinnati’s return package.

Broxton owns a dominant 1.86 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 48 1/3 innings (51 appearances) this season. He is owed $9 million in 2015 with a $9 million mutual option (or $2 million buyout) for the 2016 campaign.

The 30-year-old will slide into a setup role behind Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez, who is second in the majors with 39 saves. Milwaukee currently owns a one-game lead over the Cardinals (and a two-game lead over the Pirates) in the NL Central standings.

The Reds have fallen to 8 1/2 games back and have now pushed a big chunk of change off their books.


UPDATE, 1:51 p.m. ET:’s Adam McCalvy says the Reds will get two players to be named later.

  1. maddog11896 - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Would rather the Brewers have made a move like this at the non-waiver trade deadline, but it’s a great move nonetheless. Great pick-up for the Crew, and assuming K-Rod leaves via free agency this winter, may have acquired our closer for next season.

    • baberuthslegs - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      The Reds just helped the Brewers beat them (the Reds) out of first place next season.

  2. SocraticGadfly - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Dang. That said, guess this means Jocketty is officially throwing in the towel on this year.

    • contraryguy - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      Walt and Bryan Price must be the last two guys in town to get the message, season’s done. Even if they won every game left (including today) they’d only have 91 wins; not enough for this year’s run. At least they have Jumbo Diaz to throw into Broxton’s usual role.

    • gonderfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      Was there a reason not to?

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Oh, he should have been dealing earlier; let’s see what he got back.

      And the “dang” is from a Cards perspective.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 31, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        Just getting out from under the $11 M Broxton is owed after this year is a big plus for the Reds.

      • SocraticGadfly - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        Right. Short term, this helps Milwaukee, and as noted above, they can let Frankie walk after this year, now. Longer term, this helps the Reds. That said, this is Jocketty; not the best judger of spending his money.

  3. freddsox - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Dusty just swallowed his toothpick laughing at the Reds

  4. jm91rs - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    I was hoping Broxton would slide into the closer role with Champan’s move to the rotation or another team next year. I guess this just keeps him under-used as a closer for the rest of his Reds career.

    • don444 - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      Don’t see Chapman heading to the rotation. Ship has sailed on that to a degree as he’s just too dominant at the end of games to screw with that at this point.

  5. mattysold - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Good move.. Injuries have cost him some velocity and can we really trust him not to get hurt again? Too much money on a setup guy. I don’t trust him as a closer. This move frees up $$ to keep Chapman in closer role after arbitration. Hopefully we get back at least 1 young bat at LF.

  6. SocraticGadfly - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    And, per talk on other threads here the last week or two about Jocketty? $9M for a set-up guy in a mid-market team is a lot of money to pay.

    • thomas844 - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      Not to mention throwing a ton of money at a number 3-caliber starter like Bailey rather than waiting to give it to a stud pitcher like Latos or an ace like Cueto, who is the best pitcher in the NL (excluding Kershaw of course, because that guy is from a different planet)

  7. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Freddsox says:

    Dusty just swallowed his toothpick laughing at the Reds

    Well the good thing is that Dusty is used to choking. So he should be okay.

  8. wannabeGM - Aug 31, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Reblogged this on stlcardinalsminimo and commented:
    Saw this coming, Walt is out of cash.

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  10. cincinata - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    I have been mulling over if this changes my prediction of the Pirates or not. I think he will make a little difference however, will it change the lousy performance of the starters? I think not. They may win a game or two with Broxton, but in the long run, the Pirates still have the best chance in the central. And, why is it that the talking heads on ESPN-Fox Sports etc., keep touting the cards? They almost lost 3 of 4 to the Cubs. And, Lackey is not doing better than he did in Beantown, and I think it is time to give up on the bozo they got from Cleveland.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 2, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      Lol! “They almost lost 3 of 4 to the Cubs.” But they didn’t. Lackey hasn’t been spectacular by any means…but solid nonetheless. Those Cardinals you reference are now in sole possession of 1st place with more games to come with the Pirates and Brewers. I know it hurts…but that is where they are. Regardless, the tell of the tape will show where everyone is…in just under a Month.

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