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Royals name Jonathan Broxton as Joakim Soria’s replacement

Apr 5, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

Jonathan Broxton Royals

After staying mum on the topic for the past couple of weeks, Royals manager Ned Yost told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star this afternoon that Jonathan Broxton will replace Joakim Soria as the team’s closer.

This announcement doesn’t come a big surprise. Sure, Broxton has that “proven closer” tag which managers seem to dig, but he was also healthy and effective this spring following elbow surgery last September. After signing a one-year, $4 million deal with the Royals over the winter, the 27-year-old right-hander posted a 1.13 ERA and 11/4 K/BB ratio over eight innings during Cactus League action.

Greg Holland was the other legitimate contender for the gig. The 26-year-old right-hander had a 1.80 ERA and 74/19 K/BB ratio over 60 innings last season and pitched just fine this spring, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he gets a shot before long. If the Royals fall out of the race, Broxton could easily become trade bait.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Broxton’s spring ERA was low but he gave up a lot of base runners. By the end of the month, Holland could easily be the closer.

  2. highlander24 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    Yeah good luck with that – Sincerely Dodger fans.

  3. jhorton83 - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    That’s a terrible, terrible combover. Although I kind of feel bad for him, because that’s a really crappy way to go bald.

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