It’s safe to say that Keon Broxton was shocked when he heard the Milwaukee Brewers acquired outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain within a couple of hours on Jan. 25. Broxton certainly wasn’t pleased about what those moves meant for him. As the incumbent centerfielder, it wasn’t good news on the job front. “The first couple of days, it was tough to deal with,” Broxton said Saturday morning before the Brewers’ workout at Maryvale Baseball Park. “I don’t think anyone saw that coming.” Showing an ability to look past his own nose, Broxton did understand how impactful the moves would be for the Brewers. “I can’t say I’m happy about it but it’s good for the team,” he said. “Those are two solid players. I can’t be happier for the Brewers organization for picking those guys up. It definitely makes the team, as a whole, a lot better. “I always think about myself and how everything plans out. I have to accept it’s a business. Those guys played better than me throughout my career. They’ve had a lot of success. So, I really can’t be mad. I have to take it for what it is and make it my duty to get better. “I know if I played better, this probably wouldn’t have happened.” Broxton, 27, was one of a handful of 20/20 (home runs, steals) players in the majors last season, flashing the rare combination of speed and power. But he was wildly inconsistent over the 146 games in which he played, batting .220 with a .299 on-base percentage and 175 strikeouts, one of the highest totals in the major leagues.
Brewers' Broxton: 'I can't say I'm happy' about outfield additions
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Feb 17