Reliever Jonathan Broxton is having ''substantial talks'' with the Cincinnati Reds about a multiyear deal, a person familiar with the negotiations said on Monday.
Broxton also is talking to several other teams, looking for a good fit for the next few years, said the person speaking on condition of anonymity because no deal has been reached.
The Reds got Broxton in a trade with Kansas City last July to solidify their bullpen. He became a free agent after going 3-3 with a 2.82 ERA and four saves in six chances for Cincinnati. Broxton had 23 saves in 27 chances with Kansas City before the trade.
Broxton's priority is a multiyear deal with a team that would use him in a set-up or closer's role, said the person familiar with the talks. He's hoping to have an agreement with a team this week.
By signing Broxton, the NL Central champions could move left-hander Aroldis Chapman and his 100 mph fastball back into a starter's role. They had planned to give him a chance to win a spot in the ...