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Mets Acquire OF Keon Broxton, Sign LHP Hector Santiago

January 05, 2019 - 2:21 pm
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By WFAN.com

The Mets announced Saturday that they have acquired outfielder Keon Broxton from the Brewers in exchange for right-handed reliever Bobby Wahl and two prospects, right-handed pitcher Adam Hill and infielder Felix Valerio. 

The Mets also signed left-handed pitcher Hector Santiago to a minor-league deal. Santiago went 6-3 with the White Sox last season with a 4.50 ERA, striking out 103 batters in 102 innings, and starting seven games. 

Broxton played parts of three seasons with the Brewers and is out of options. After having a breakout 2017 with 20 homers, 49 RBI, and 21 steals, the right-handed hitting outfielder struggled in 2018, hitting just .179 with four homers and 11 RBI in 51 games. Broxton is a terrific defensive center fielder though. 

"Keon is a dynamic athlete with the ability to impact the game in the outfield, on the bases and with his bat," Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "He adds depth to our Major League roster for 2019 and into the future."

With Yoenis Cespdedes at least out for the first half of the season, the Mets outfield as of now would be Michael Conforto in left, Broxton in center, and Brandon Nimmo in right. Their backup outfielders will likely be Juan Lagares and Rajai Davis. There could be more moves coming that could help the Mets bolster their outfield and their bullpen, though.

Broxton will be arbitration-eligible next winter if he spends the season in the majors. He will cost the Mets under $1 million in 2019. 

Hill, 21, was the Mets' fourth-round Draft pick last year out of South Carolina. He struck out 26 in 15 1/3 innings for Class-A Brooklyn in 2018. 

Valerio, 18, spent his first pro season in the Dominican Summer League.

Wahl, 26, made his major league debut with the A's in 2017 and was traded to the Mets in 2018 in the Jeurys Familia trade in July. Wahl gave up six runs over 5 1/3 innings pitched in 2018.