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Don Mattingly doesn’t want Jonathan Broxton back in 2012

Sep 21, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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Jonathan Broxton is heading to free agency with his value at an all-time low and will be rehabbing minor elbow surgery for the next couple months.

His odds of re-signing with the Dodgers were probably slim already, but Don Mattingly made it very clear yesterday that he doesn’t want Broxton back for 2012, telling Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles that he wouldn’t recommend re-signing the once dominant closer:

It’s hard to encourage anything at this point. We don’t know anything. Anybody who signs Brox at this point … they will look at his medical records and look at his past, and it’s a risk/reward thing. It’s not really the kind of season you want to be coming off of.

Mattingly is right, of course, but managers aren’t usually that candid about impending free agents who’re technically still on the team.

Broxton earned $4 million last season and $7 million this year, but he hasn’t been effective and healthy since early 2010 and his average fastball velocity has dipped from 97.8 miles per hour to 95.3 mph to 94.1 mph in the past three seasons.

Cleaning up the bone spurs in his elbow will hopefully help Broxton reclaim that lost velocity and get back on track as a dominant late-inning reliever, but he’ll likely have to settle for an incentive-laden one-year contract with a team other than the Dodgers.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 21, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    I understand Donnie Baseball was just being honest, but geeze…not the kind of thing I am sure “Brox” wants to be reading in the newspaper coming from his soon-to-be-former manager.

    • cur68 - Sep 21, 2011 at 1:01 PM

      Agree. I wonder if Brox saw that bus coming?

      Best thing Broxton can do is let word get out he’s having the “Colon” treatment on his elbow. Bet that’ll get the interest back up.

      Thinking about that statement I just made there, I wonder if we don’t see a lot of that next season?

      • dailyrev - Sep 21, 2011 at 1:07 PM

        yep, I bet we do. Stem cell therapy, the new TJ. And just like Tommy, Bartolo will have his name attached to a medical intervention and his name will resound through the ages…

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 21, 2011 at 1:16 PM

        I just hope that Donnie’s douchebag boss and/or his bigger, more douchey owner isn’t rubbing too far off on him. He always seemed like a pretty classy guy and I would hate to see him become like Colletti or McCourt.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 21, 2011 at 1:21 PM

        Best thing Broxton can do is let word get out he’s having the “Colon” treatment on his elbow. Bet that’ll get the interest back up.

        Ehh… just be sure he doesn’t mix it up and get an Elbow in his “Colon”.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 21, 2011 at 1:19 PM

      Broxton: “Hey Don, so umm… that reference letter I asked you for last week?”

      Mattingly: “Yeah?”

      Broxton: “Not happening is it?”

      Mattingly: “DingDingDingDing!”

  2. cup0pizza - Sep 21, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    No Dodger fans have wanted this fat waste of space anywhere near the roster since ’08. As usual the Dodger “braintrust” is a day late and a dollar short. Fat Brox is the epitome of a scrub.

    • hep3 - Sep 21, 2011 at 1:38 PM

      Dude, a bit harsh.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM

        Actually, “fat waste of space”is fairly tame for the troll otherwise known as cup0pizza.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 21, 2011 at 2:09 PM

        If the Red Sox didn’t already have their own “fat waste of space” signed for one more year I’m sure they’d be all over Broxton

  3. SmackSaw - Sep 21, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    I agree with CupO. Brox-ton has been useless the last two years. His fastball has no movement. Matt Stairs messed him up mentally.

    • cup0pizza - Sep 21, 2011 at 2:23 PM

      That overrated old man Joe Torre ruined Fat Brox, too, as he has ruined many a reliever. That 47-odd pitch relief appearance/meltdown against the Yankees sealed the deal.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 21, 2011 at 2:32 PM

        I know what you mean…considering how bad Torre ruined Mariano Rivera…

      • cup0pizza - Sep 21, 2011 at 3:19 PM

        I have a new stalker/troll here. How cute. The fact is that Torre has run bullpens into the ground. Ask Tom Gordon, Scott Proctor, Tanyon, Sturtze, Steve Karsay, Jeff Nelson, Graeme Lloyd, Mike Stanton, Broxton, or Hong-Chih Kuo. Ask Brian Cashman-I’ll take his opinion over yours all day long.

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