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Brewers bring back Keon Broxton on minor league deal

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A defensive specialist looking to snag the 26th roster spot

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The Milwaukee Brewers have brought outfielder Keon Broxton back on a minor-league deal with an invite to Major League camp.

The Brewers first acquired Broxton with right-hander Trey Supak in December 2015 when they sent Jason Rogers to the Pirates. In the three years he spent with Milwaukee, he hit .222/.314/.422 over 796 plate appearances. His best year was 2016, when he started playing regularly in July. His .242/.354/.430 line was enough to earn him a starting spot in 2017. Unfortunately for Broxton, he didn’t perform very well in 2017 and the team acquired Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich in the 2018 offseason.

David Stearns and company shipped Broxton to the New York Mets for RHPs Bobby Wahl, Adam Hill and infielder Felix Valerio last year. He played just 34 games for the Mets before they sent him to the Baltimore Orioles for international bonus slot money. Baltimore waived Keon after 37 games and he finished the season with the Seattle Mariners, who non-tendered him this offseason.

Broxton’s bat hasn’t been strong enough to earn a consistent spot in the big leagues for a few years, but with rosters growing to 26, his superb defense could give him the edge he needs to make the team. After all, he is the same guy who did this: