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Reds “in serious talks” to re-sign Jonathan Broxton

Nov 26, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Reds are “in serious talks” to re-sign free agent reliever Jonathan Broxton and adds that the contract is “expected to be a multi-year deal.”

Broxton was traded from Kansas City to Cincinnati on July 31 and the big right-hander threw 22 innings for the Reds with a 2.82 ERA and 20/3 K/BB ratio.  He hadn’t been nearly that dominant for the Royals, posting a 25/14 K/BB ratio in 36 innings, but still managed a 2.27 ERA in his first taste of the American League.

Re-signing Broxton dramatically increases the odds of Aroldis Chapman being given an opportunity to move from the bullpen to the rotation in 2013, because a few weeks ago Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said the decision “depends on if we re-sign Broxton and [Ryan] Madson.”

Broxton has plenty of closing experience for the Dodgers and Royals, and could step into the ninth-inning role for the Reds while Chapman gives starting full time a try.

  1. dodger88 - Nov 26, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Good for Broxton. I liked him with the Dodgers and thought he got too much criticism. Overuse was likely the culprit for most of performance issues.

  2. crisisjunky - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    overuse…and the fact that his body flies out like Betelgeuse’s face when he releases. lotsa torque.

  3. randolph145 - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    good job.

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