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Broxton will be the setup man in Kansas City; Aaron Crow will go to the rotation

Nov 29, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

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When the Royals’ signing of Jonathan Broxton was announced this morning, the reaction of most people was “wait, isn’t the Kansas City bullpen kind of crowded already?”  Why, yes.  Yes it is.  But it won’t be going forward because Dayton Moore was just on the radio and said that Joakim Soria will remain the closer, Broxton will set up and Aaron Crow will be moved into the rotation.

Which seems smart to me. Crow was a starter in college and in the minors and when you have a young guy with great stuff like his, you have to figure out if he can handle the bigger job.  His control is obviously the big questions — Crow walks a lot of guys — but if he can figure that out he could be a useful starter, and the Royals need a couple of those.

Of course, the scrap heap is filled with guys who had great stuff and bad control of whom it was said “if they can just figure that out,” so we’ll see.

  1. randall351 - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    I like this move, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the way Dayton Moore has done a few things lately. I just wonder if the $4 million to Broxton is all guaranteed or if there are incentives and the guaranteed money is more like $2.5 million? If that’s the case than I’d be ecstatic (wow thankfully spell check had that, b/c I couldn’t figure out how to spell it) about this move.

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