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Viva El Birdos Aug 8, 2016

Jonathan Broxton: A Cardinals’ failure from the top down

Just before the trade deadline last season, the St. Louis Cardinals acquired former closer Jonathan Broxton from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for then-20-year-old prospect Malik Collymore. Broxton was solid out of the bullpen for the Cardinals after the trade, posting a 2.66 ERA over 26 appearances (23.2 innings pitched). However, Broxton’s FIP registered nearly a full run higher at 3.56 (ballooned by an awful walk rate of 11.9%), and this ERA-FIP difference subsequently cast reasonable doubt as to whether or not this performance was sustainable over a larger sample. Yet,...