Five days after the Mets designated outfielder Keon Broxton for assignment, they have worked out a deal with the Orioles that will send Broxton to Baltimore in exchange for $500,000 in international signing bonus slots.
Broxton’s tenure as a Met was much briefer than Brodie Van Wagenen and the front office likely anticipated when they traded for him in January. Enticed by his multiple years of team control, strong defense, and some upside with the bat, the Mets dealt minor leaguers Adam Hill and Felix Valerio to Milwaukee, as well as Bobby Wahl, the centerpiece of the Jeurys Familia trade at last year’s trading deadline, for Broxton.
However, Boxton’s performance with the Mets was underwhelming. In limited at-bats, he hit .143/.208/.163 with an 8 wRC+, paired with solid, but not spectacular defense in the outfield. Shortly before he was designated for assignment, Broxton expressed some frustration with his limited playing time. “From the start of the season I’ve been surprised,” he said. “I haven’t been playing too much, I haven’t gotten as many opportunities. It’s not like I started out bad. It is what it is though. They got a plan and they’re working with it, so all I can do is try to be ready.”
Broxton will see if he can turn things around in Baltimore, where he will likely see more playing time and get more of an opportunity to display that upside the Mets were hoping to see when they acquired him.