Mets ac­quire Brox­ton

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NEW YORK — The New York Mets ac­quired out­fielder Keon Brox­ton from the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers on Satur­day, giv­ing them a cen­ter field op­tion in ad­di­tion to Juan La­gares.

The Mets sent re­liever Bobby Wahl to the Brew­ers along with a pair of mi­nor lea­guers, right-handed re­liever Adam Hill and in­fielder Felix Va­le­rio.

Brox­ton had four home runs, 11 RBIs and a .179 bat­ting av­er­age in 51 games for Mil­wau­kee last sea­son. While he stole 23 bases in 2016 and 21 the fol­low­ing year, he swiped just five last sea­son. A right-handed bat­ter, he hit 20 homers in 2017 but struck out 175 times.

Mets gen­eral man­ager Brodie Van Wa­ge­nen called the 28-year-old Brox­ton a “dy­namic ath­lete with the abil­ity to im­pact the game in the out­field, on the bases and with his bat.”

La­gares had lit­tle depth be­hind him on the ros­ter, with cor­ner out­field­ers Michael Con­forto and Bran­don Nimmo his likely back­ups in cen­ter be­fore the trade. Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes is re­cov­er­ing from surgery on both heels and New York is not cer­tain when he will re­turn.

Wahl, a 26-year-old righty, was ac­quired by the Mets from Oak­land in July as part of the deal that sent closer Jeurys Fa­milia to the Ath­let­ics. Wahl went 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA in seven games with the Mets and was 4-2 with a 2.20 ERA for New York’s and Oak­land’s Triple-A teams last sea­son.

Brew­ers gen­eral man­ager David Stearns says Wahl “has the arse­nal to be a very qual­ity ma­jor league re­liever and has dom­i­nated the up­per lev­els of the mi­nor leagues.”

Hill, a right-handed re­liever, was se­lected out of South Carolina in the fourth round of last year’s am­a­teur draft. He went 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in nine games for the Class A Brook­lyn Cy­clones.

Va­le­rio bat­ted .319 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 67 games in the Do­mini­can Sum­mer League.

Morry Gash / As­so­ci­ated Press

The Mets ac­quired out­fielder Keon Brox­ton from the Brew­ers on Satur­day.

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