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Jonathan Broxton is the Reds’ choice to replace Aroldis Chapman

Apr 3, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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For now the Reds are going with closer-by-committee in Aroldis Chapman‘s absence, but manager Bryan Price said yesterday that Jonathan Broxton will take over ninth-inning duties once the big right-hander returns from the disabled list in a week or so.

Broxton was mediocre in 34 appearances for the Reds last season and then underwent elbow surgery in August that he’s still coming back from, so putting him right into the closer role is a bold call for Pryce.

Of course, the Reds overpaid to sign Broxton last offseason, giving him $21 million for three years, and Pryce no doubt values his previous closing experience with the Dodgers and Royals. Broxton has 111 career saves, including 36 in 2009 and 27 in 2012.

Chapman is hoping to return from facial fractures in late May.

  1. stoutfiles - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    If the Reds can’t get any offense going it doesn’t matter who’s closing.

    • familyandfriendsphoto - Apr 3, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      They have scored the same amount of runs this year as the Cardinals.

      • stoutfiles - Apr 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        If the Cardinals can’t get any offense going it doesn’t matter if Rosenthal is closing.

  2. gloccamorra - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Is Broxton still doing that bend over slowly, contemplating his navel, then slowly looking up for the catcher’s signs? He and Heath Bell both did that. They both used to be good closers…

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