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Report: Jonathan Broxton to sign with the Royals

Nov 29, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals and Jonathan Broxton have agreed to a one-year deal.  It’s done pending a physical. UPDATE: Heyman says it’s a $4 million deal.

A physical isn’t purely academic in Broxton’s case given that he’s coming off elbow surgery — and you have to figure the doctor is going to yell at him about his cholesterol — but assuming that’s done, this should be a nice pickup for the Royals.  Broxton wants to make good so he can be a well-paid closer again in 2013, so it’s likely an incentive-laden deal.

The more interesting question will be his role. The Royals obviously have Joakim Soria closing things out, but he could be really valuable as a trade candidate or possibly could be converted into a starter.  People have been saying it about him and the Royals for years, but a team where the Royals are now don’t need An Established Closer.

Worst case, though: the Royals bullpen — already as strength — gets stronger.  That sound you hear is even more people preparing to jump on the “The Royals Are Lookin’ Frisky” bandwagon next spring.

  1. - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Now, I’ve enjoyed a lot of leg room on this here Royals bandwagon. The rest of you will have to keep your backpacks stuffed with Blue Koolaide and MooseTacos in the back.

    • b7p19 - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:27 AM

      A Moose Taco sounds delicious.

      • cur68 - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:19 PM

        “Moose Taco”? REALLY??

      • foreverchipper10 - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:19 PM

        Sign me up for one. I’ve had ox tail tacos before. They are more delicious by themselves but it was enjoyable.

  2. xmatt0926x - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    This is the perfect kind of place for him to try and revive his career. Less pressure is just what this guy needs.

    • kiwicricket - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:59 AM

      Less calories might be next on his list

  3. rotisguru - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    More than 10% of your payroll to sign a set up man for a team who’s strength was already the bullpen? And we wonder why small market teams can’t compete. It’s because they make stupid decisions. I can only hope that means a trade of Soria is on the horizon. Otherwise, we’re looking at another low 70’s win season and no playoffs in KC.

    • Bryz - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:30 AM

      Maybe it’s because they can’t attract any star players due to their losing ways, so they have to improve in the one area that they can find solid players – the bullpen. See also: 2011 Oakland Athletics.

    • baseballisboring - Nov 29, 2011 at 5:18 PM

      All small market teams make poor decisions??

      I think he’s worth the flier. $4MM isn’t exactly a crippling amount of money, and they definitely should be trying Crow in the rotation in my opinion.

  4. nategearhart - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    There goes Oklahoma Joe’s.

  5. paperlions - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    What a dumb signing, seriously. If there is one place a team with limited payroll can be efficient, it is in bullpen construction. Last year’s Cardinal bullpen made less money than Papelbon. The projected opening day Cardinal bullpen will make about $5M….relievers are the definition of fungible resource….just about any team can dip into their minor league system, convert a starter with 2 decent pitches to a closer, and get 90% of a Papelbon-like performance for < $1M.

    • b7p19 - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      I completely agree with your premise. I watched Kevin Towers put together a top 5 bullpen year after year by scowering the lower reaches of other teams system. It won’t kill them as it’s just a one year deal, but you would think they could have used that money a little better. Of course the offseason is young, so who knows what the plan actually is.

      • Tyree Studio - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:49 AM

        I agree with the premise too, but KC has some money to burn this year…but not enough $$$$ to grab a top flight starter (that they really need) like CJ Wilson.

        Other than a starter or 2b…I don’t really see anywhere in the lineup that DM should go out and spend a ton of money right now.

        It’s a one year deal so it is not going to handcuff them like the stupid Jose Guillen deal. DM has said all offseason that he wants to keep some payroll flex.

      • paperlions - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:52 AM

        If you have $4M and nothing to spend it on, then you keep it until you do have something to spend it on, and/or have enough money to sign a player that will make a difference. If they want to blow $4M, it would make more sense to try to sign Hosmer to an extension, than to sign an erratic and busted reliever.

    • drunkenhooliganism - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:01 PM

      Didn’t the Cardinals bullpen blow something like 30 games last year? I don’t think that’s the best example to use.

      • paperlions - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:44 PM

        Less than that…the guy that blew the most saves/chance….was the most expensive guy in the bullpen.

        The guys in the bullpen that was fantastic during the stretch run and during the playoffs made $5M last year.

  6. Tyree Studio - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Soria really can’t stay healthy pitching 60 innings in the bullpen, the Soria to starter-ship has long since sailed away.

    This move is low risk, high reward (see Melky, Frenchy contracts last year). It also gives KC some flexibility moving forward. They want to try Crow in the rotation and this move will help make that possible. Or as has been stated earlier this could free up a trade of Soria…

    I don’t really think you can have “too many” bullpen arms. Bullpens ebb and flow every season. Just because it was a strength last year doesn’t guarantee a repeat performance this season. Lots of youth in the KC pen that could take a step back this year.

  7. bloodysock - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Those powder blue uni’s will make him look even larger. He’ll miss the slimming effect of the Dodger whites.

  8. trevorb06 - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Mean while the Twin’s still sit with a bullpen full of AAAA relievers and Glen Perkins. I was hoping they’d give Brox a chance b/c really, it’s better than nothing.

  9. jfinn5 - Nov 29, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    I guess Broxton will like being 20 games out by the All Starr break?

  10. royalsfaninfargo - Nov 29, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Smart move by KC. This is a low risk and high reward type situation.

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