Aug 29, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton (51) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Brewers add veteran Jonathan Broxton to bullpen

The Milwaukee Brewers made a last-minute addition to the bullpen before today’s deadline for postseason eligibility, acquiring veteran right-hander Jonathan Broxton from the Cincinnati Reds for two players to be named later.

The Brewers announced the trade Sunday afternoon.

Broxton, 30, was 4-2 with a 1.86 ERA and 1.014 WHIP in 51 appearances for the Reds this season. He had seven saves while filling in for closer Aroldis Chapman early in the season and recorded 21 holds as a setup man.

Broxton is a former All-Star closer who had 36 saves for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009 and was an All-Star again in 2010.

His 1.86 ERA is a career-best as he has bounced back nicely from an injury-plagued 2013 season when he was limited to 34 appearances and 30.2 innings and posted a 4.11 ERA and 1.272 WHIP.

Broxton was a second-round pick of the Dodgers in 2002 out of Burke County High School in Waynesboro, Ga., and made his major league debut for L.A. in July 2005.

He signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Royals in November 2011 and was traded to the Reds at the non-waiver deadline in 2012.

Broxton is also a postseason veteran, with a 3.63 ERA and 1.442 WHIP in 16 appearances and 17.1 innings with the Dodgers and Reds in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012.

General manager Doug Melvin said Broxton, who has 118 career saves in 10 seasons, will join the Brewers on Monday in Chicago.

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