The Keon Broxton era is over in Flushing.
The Mets — who designated the outfielder for assignment last week — officially closed the book on his short stay with the franchise when they announced he had been traded to the Orioles in exchange for $500,000 international bonus pool money.
Broxton, who was acquired in a January deal with the Brewers for three minor-league prospects to provide outfield depth, struggled to carve out a role for himself. He hit just .143 in 34 games for the Mets and was mired in a 1-for-25 slump at the time of his DFA. He played all three outfield spots, but with just 10 starts.
“I think everybody in this game knows it’s really hard to come off the bench and do it," Broxton said the day before getting his walking papers. “Get one [start] a week, if that, is definitely tough.”
GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Broxton was always intended to be an insurance policy in case anything went wrong with Juan Lagares this season.
“At the time when we made the decision to trade for Keon, we were looking for a defense-first outfielder that had the versatility to play multiple positions,” Van Wagenen said. “So originally, that position was redundant by design."
Broxton, 29, spent three seasons with the Brewers before joining the Mets. His best season came in 2017 when he hit .220 with 20 homers and 49 RBI in 143 games.