The St. Louis Cardinals announced the re-signing of right-hander Jonathan Broxton to a two-year deal Thursday afternoon. The deal was first reported by Tom Ackerman of KMOX in St. Louis.
A league source told Cover Those Bases that Broxton will make $7.5 million over his two-year pact, which includes a full no-trade clause. Broxton would have final approval over any deal if St. Louis considered trading him.
The 31-year-old Broxton has been in the Major Leagues since 2005 and has pitched in a back-end relief role throughout his career, briefly serving as closer with the Dodgers in 2009 and 2010. He was named a National League All-Star both years.
Broxton pitched with the Brewers and Cardinals in 2015, as he was dealt to St. Louis at the trade deadline. Overall, he went 4-5 with a 4.62 ERA (3.65 FIP) in 60 1/3 innings pitched between the clubs. He was much better with the Cardinals, when he posted a 2.66 ERA (3.56 FIP), a 9.9 K/9 ratio, and a 4.6 BB/9 ratio in 23 2/3 innings.
Relief pitching has been quite expensive this offseason, with Darren O'Day leading the pack after signing a $31 million deal. While Broxton is not of O'Day's caliber anymore, he still did well, considering his age and performance in 2015.