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The Cincinnati Reds took one giant step forward in their Game Plan Wednesday when they signed relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton to a three-year 21 million contract.When Broxton fills out an employment form, he lists his occupation as, Closer.And there is no doubt he would not have re-signed with the Reds without assurances that his job description contains the word closer.That job, of course, belonged to Aroldis Chapman last year, a job he did to near perfection. He was 38 for 43 in save opportunities and recorded 27 straight at one point during the season.The Reds, though, have always envisioned the slender lefthander as part of their starting rotation, from the day they invested 30 million to sign him after he defected from Cuba.Chapman, who will be 25 next season, was always a starter for the Cuban national team and even during his ultra-success as a closer with the Reds last year continued to profess a desire to be a starter.Now he gets his chance. And the question is: Are the Reds taking a big chance? Can Broxton be as good or as close to good as Chapman was? Can Chapman be as good in a starting role as he was as a closer?Chapman almost got that chance last year. That was the plan and he was the teams most effective starter during spring training.The Reds had signed free agent Ryan Madson to be the closer and traded for Sean Marshall for a set-up role.Madson, though, encountered arm problems early in the spring and ended up undergoing season-ending surgery.And when relief pitcher Nick Masset and Bill Bray also were unable to pitch during the spring, the Reds had to do a fast shuffle.First they installed Marshall as the closer and put Chapman in the set-up role. When that didnt pan out for Marshall, Chapman was elevated to the closers role and he ended up with a 1.55 earned run average in 68 appearances.They Reds had hoped to re-sign Madson. They signed him for 2012 at 8.5 million with a mutual option at 11 million for 2013.Madson spent most of last season rehabbing his arm near his home in California, which just happened to be at a facility owned and operated by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. And thats where Madson signed, taking his 8.5 million from the Reds, with a 2.5 million buyout, after not throwing a pitch for the Reds.So the Reds turned to Broxton, whom they acquired at Julys trade deadline from Kansas City.The 6-4, 300-pound righthander began his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and spent nearly seven years there, becoming the closer in 2009 with 36 saves. He had 22 saves in 2010. He made only 14 appearances in early 2011 and needed bone spur surgery that ended his season.He couldnt find a closers job in 2012 and eventually signed a one-year 4 million deal with the Royals to be the set-up man for closer Joakim Soria.But, like Madson, Soria didnt make it out of spring training and needed Tommy John surgery and Broxton inherited the the closers role. And he saved 23 games in 27 opportunities for a bad Royals team until he was traded to the Reds.At the time, General Manager Walt Jocketty gave a hint of what might be ahead when he said, Broxton will be used in set-up the rest of this year but he is a good option for us to be a closer in the future.Broxton auditioned in September when a fatigued shoulder knocked Chapman out of action for 10 days and Broxton became the stand-in closer and was four-for-four.Broxtons contract calls for 4 million in 2013, 7 million in 2014 and 9 million in 2015 with a 1 million buyout. He alos has a limited no-trade clause in which he can selected 10 teams to which he would accept a trade.The Reds five-man rotation last year never changed and not one missed a starter among Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake.If Chapman is moved into the rotation, one has to go and the likely candidate is Leake, who was 8-9 with a 4.58 earned run average in 30 starts and was left off the post-season roster until he was added after Cueto was injured while pitching in Game 1 of the Division Series against the San Francisco Giants.
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The Cincinnati Reds inked a new closer on Wednesday.
The Reds and free agent right-hander Jonathan Broxton have reportedly agreed to a 3-year deal worth approximately $21 million, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. The signing likely means a move to the starting rotation for Aroldis Chapman (barring injury) as Broxton will be inserted into the closer role.
The Reds have signed Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, 21 million contract, giving the NL Central champions a potential closer.
Broxton came to the Reds last July in a trade with Kansas City and was part of their push toward the playoffs. He filled in as the closer when Aroldis Chapman came down with a tired shoulder and had four saves in six chances overall with a 2.82 ERA, impressing...
Let’s not forget: Jonathan Broxton was sharp with the Reds this season. The hulking righty recorded a 2.82 ERA and a 2.42 FIP. The strikeouts shot up to 8.0 per nine innings from 6.3, the walks were slashed to 1.2 per nine innings from 3.5.
From September on, we saw shades of the exceptional Jonathan Broxton who dominated hitters in Los Angeles from 2007 through 2009. Broxton...
Jonathan Broxton winds up and delivers.The Cincinnati Reds have a closer for the 2013 season, and he’s not named Aroldis Chapman. CBSSports’ Jon Heyman reported that the Reds and Jonathan Broxton have come to agreement on a multi-year deal.
The deal is believed to be for at least three years. An announcement is expected Wednesday.
Broxton is expected to be the Reds closer, enabling...
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...
The Cincinnati Reds have re-signed reliever Jonathan Broxton. After being acquired mid-season, Broxton was a pivotal part of the Reds bullpen.
Broxton will be guaranteed at least $21 million over the life of the contract. His salary for 2013 is set at $4 million before raising to $7 million in 2014 and $9 million in 2015. There is also a club option for 2016 which is worth$9 million...
As Jeff Sullivan discussed on Monday, the Cincinnati Reds’ then-potential contract with Jonathan Broxton had implications for Aroldis Chapman‘s possible move to the rotation. Today, that potential was actualized, as the Reds reportedly re-signed Broxton for three years and $21 million dollars.
The contract is also said to include a limited no-trade clause, a $9 club option for...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds signed Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, 21 million contract on Wednesday, giving the NL Central champions a potential closer and a chance to reconfigure their starting rotation.
Broxton came to the Reds last July in a trade with Kansas City and was part of their push toward the playoffs. He filled in as the closer when Aroldis Chapman came down with...
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The Reds and free agent closer Jonathan Broxton are close to reaching a multi-year deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. If an agreement is indeed met, it likely means a move to the starting rotation for Aroldis Chapman (barring injury) as Broxton will be thrusted into closing.
The 28-year old Broxton was acquired by...
Defending NL Central champion Cincinnati Reds have re-signed one of their trade deadline chess pieces, Jonathan Broxton, to a 3-year, $21M contract, likely with the idea of moving hard throwing (to say the least) lefty Aroldis Chapman into the rotation for 2013. Down the stretch in the race for the playoffs, Broxton was a key weapon out of the Cincinnati bullpen, appearing 25 times...
The general manager of the Cincinnati Reds is Walt Jocketty. Jocketty and the Reds have known there was a decision they’d have to make on Aroldis Chapman. Chapman has proven himself as a closer; Chapman has not yet proven himself as a starter, but it would sure be neat if he could, and if he did. This is what Jocketty had to say on the matter earlier in the offseason: “We haven’t...
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by: Chase Fitzgerald
With the news of a Jonathan Broxton 3-year deal, Aroldis Chapman will assuredly be moving to the rotation. Now, I hope you all know how incredible the Reds rotation was last year. None of the Reds pitchers missed a start and four of them had an ERA of below 4.00...
The Reds are nearing a three-year deal with closer Jonathan Broxton, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The deal would allow the Reds to move current closer Aroldis Chapman to the rotation leaving the closer job in good hands.
Broxton who had spent his entire career with the Dodgers up until last season, signed a one-year with the Royals as he was coming off of minor elbow surgery...
The 2012 offseason has really kicked into high gear this week. We've seen Jonathan Broxton re-up with the Reds, Andy Pettitte agree to come back to the Yankees, the first big domino in BJ Upton sign with the Braves, the Nationals finally trade for Denard Span, and the Pirates sign Russell Martin to catch. Also, the Phillies had a trade agreed to for Wilton Lopez, and then saw...