The Reds traded right-handed set-up man Jonathan Broxton to the Brewers on Sunday for two players to be named.
Sunday was the deadline for teams to acquire players that can be eligible for postseason rosters. Milwaukee is currently leading the National League Central division but struggling of late and in need of bullpen help to set up for closer Francisco Rodriguez.
The 30-year-old Broxton is 4-2 with a 1.86 ERA in 51 appearances. He has stranded 10 of his 14 inherited runners and has kept the opponent scoreless in 43 games.
Broxton has struggled some recently, however. In his last seven games, totaling 6 1/3 innings, he has allowed five earned runs 11 hits and four walks. That included giving up two runs and three hits in his final appearance for the Reds on Friday and taking the loss in a 2-1 defeat to the Pirates.
This is a move that could help the Reds with their off-season payroll flexibility amid carrying several large contracts. Broxton is owed $9 million for the 2015 season and had a $9 million club option for 2016 with a $1 million buyout.
A clause in his contract stipulated that Broxton’s option switches to a mutual option once traded with an additional $1 million added to the buyout.
We are still waiting for hear from Reds GM Walt Jocketty about the deal.