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Reds’ NL-best bullpen adds Jonathan Broxton from Royals

Jul 31, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

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You wouldn’t think the Reds would need more bullpen help, what with Aroldis Chapman and Sean Marshall leading a relief corps that has the best ERA in baseball, but Ken Rosenthal of reports that Cincinnati has acquired Jonathan Broxton from Kansas City for minor leaguers Donnie Joseph and J.C. Sulbaran.

Broxton signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Royals this offseason and took over as closer following Joakim Soria‘s elbow injury. He’s saved 23 games with a 2.27 ERA, although his 25/14 K/BB ratio in 36 innings is sub par and well below the dominant numbers he once posted for the Dodgers.

Broxton gives the Reds a hard-throwing, late-inning bullpen option from the right side to go along with Chapman and Marshall from the left side. And the Reds now have seven relievers on the roster who’ve thrown at least 35 innings with a sub-3.50 ERA.

Joseph was the Reds’ third-round pick in 2009 and the 24-year-old left-hander has racked up 279 strikeouts in 208 innings as a minor leaguer to go along with a 3.50 ERA, reaching Triple-A this season. Sulbaran was their 30th rounder in 2008 and the left-hander has posted good strikeout rates with sketchy control as a starter, spending this season at Double-A as a 22-year-old. Neither is a top-ranked prospect, but the Royals did well to get them for a two-month bullpen rental.

  1. mattyflex - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    come onnnnn Barry Larkin.

    • mattyflex - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      No matter who they get, Broxton should really… eat… some innings in Cincinatti.

    • mattyflex - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      I mean, the guy really knows how to close

      down a buffet.

    • mattyflex - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      I’m still in awe; it’s really just a huge, huge move.

    • mattyflex - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      I literally can’t wrap my head, or even twenty feet of rope around it.

      • ajcardsfan - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        You beat that joke more than Chris Brown could have

  2. Old Gator - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Seventeen minutes left.

  3. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Fantasy owners with Broxton as their one of their RP’s are quite upset with this news… playoffs right around the corner and trading deadlines passing. Gotta hurt

    • bravojawja - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      Fantasy owners with Broxton should have seen this coming from a month away. I’ve had Holland on my roster for weeks now. The bummer is I have Brox active in my weekly league and can’t bench him until next Monday.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:58 PM

        I have been saying to a friend since the Royals named him the closer. Told him to trade JB over and over. 1 year Deal, the Royal will be sellers….he didn’t listen.

      • headbanger33 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:08 PM

        Agreed – I’ve been holding on to G. Holland on multiple teams for way too long.

        Finally time to collect.

  4. contraryguy - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Wow. Wonder what this means for Chappy… move him to starter now? (Why fix what isn’t broken…) Still waiting to see who got sent to KC.

    and yes, my fantasy teams are screwed too.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      It means he will see Broxton warming up before he does.
      Move him to starter….now?
      Say Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

    • dondada10 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      No way. If the playoffs from recent years shows anything, you can never have enough arms out of the pen.

  5. lpd1964 - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Makes no sense, still need a leadoff hitter.

  6. Old Gator - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Five minutes….

  7. contraryguy - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    According to one of his teammates on Twitter, AA pitcher JC Sulbaran was sent to KC. 7-7, 4.04 ERA at Pensacola this year. No word on other players.

    • contraryguy - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Sulbaran and Donnie Joseph, another AA pitcher, go to KC.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      Former 30th round pick who actually looked like decent value until he hit AA this year.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        Sulbaran that is

  8. eaglessuperfan - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Well if you can’t get starters, stack the pen!!

  9. goldensombrero3000 - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Won’t somebody please think of the Skyline Chil?!?!

    • sfs1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      Oh, you can bet Broxton is.

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