St. Louis Cardinals press release
The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to Wednesday night’s game that they have recalled right-handed pitcher John Gant from Memphis (AAA) and given right-handed pitcher Jonathan Broxton his unconditional release.
Gant, 24, was acquired by the Cardinals along with two other players (RHP Chris Ellis and INF Luke Dykstra) in a trade last December from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for pitcher Jaime Garcia. Gant began the 2017 on the disabled list (right groin strain) before joining the Memphis roster on May 16.
In three starts for the Triple-A Redbirds, Gant was 0-1 with a 2.19 ERA, allowing three runs in 12.1 innings pitched while striking out 11. He made his most recent start on May 27, working 5.0 IP against the Iowa Cubs.
Gant, who made his Major League debut with the Braves last season, owns a career mark of 1-4 with a 4.86 ERA in 20 games (7 starts) with 49 strikeouts in 50.0 innings pitched.
A Florida native, Gant was drafted by the New York Mets in 2011 (21st round) before being traded to the Atlanta organization in July of 2015. The 6-4, 193-pound right-hander wears uniform no. 53.
Broxton, 32, was 0-1 with a 6.89 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cardinals this season. The two-time National League All-Star (2009 and 2010 with the Los Angeles Dodgers) owns a career mark of 43-38 with a 3.41 ERA and 118 saves in 694 games pitched. He’d been a member of the Cardinals since being acquired in a July 31, 2015 trade with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Brian Walton’s take
Broxton is St. Louis’ fourth roster departure in the last five days – following Miguel Socolovich (outrighted), Kolten Wong (disabled list), and Randal Grichuk (demoted).
Broxton’s release is a move that almost no Cardinals fans will disagree with – only that it was far too late for the tastes of many. Between the 2015 and 2016 seasons, the Cardinals signed Broxton to a two-year contract covering last season and this, for $3.75 million per year, but he has never lived up to it – or his past successes.
The Cardinals remain on the hook for approximately $2.5 million. If Broxton re-signs a big league deal with another organization, the new club will only have to pay him a prorated portion of the MLB minimum salary, reducing St. Louis’ total due by that amount.
The terminology of Gant being “recalled” may be a bit confusing to some, since the right-hander has never pitched for St. Louis before. All it means is that he was already on the 40-man roster. Speaking of which, with Broxton’s release, the Cardinals’ 40-man roster is down to 39 players. Gant had been required to be moved onto the roster back at the time of his acquisition from Atlanta.
Gant’s specific role with St. Louis is yet to be defined, but most likely, he will move into the long relief role held by Tyler Lyons. Gant last pitched for Memphis last Saturday, May 27, throwing five innings, so should be able to go when needed.
Even before Gant’s promotion, Memphis, which is off Wednesday, has its next five games’ starters listed as “TBD”. So his replacement in the Triple-A rotation on his normal Friday turn is unclear.
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