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The Cincinnati Reds were never quite sure what they were getting when they signed Aroldis Chapman. Was he a starter? Was he a middle reliever? Was he a closer? The Reds have gone with each of the latter since signing Chapman, and have now decided the time may be right to cap off baseball’s version of the hat trick, moving the fireballer into the starting rotation. Of course, that depends upon the Reds signing Jonathan Broxton to a deal to serve as the team’s closer in 2013. Only that will afford them the opportunity to move Chapman into one of five slots in the starting rotation. It appears as if it is only a matter of time before one triggers the other. The Reds and Broxton are in negotiations for a three year contract, signaling Chapman could be close to moving into the rotation. When the Reds acquired Broxton last season from the Kansas City Royals, he served as the set up man to Chapman in Cincinnati’s bullpen. But he pitched well in that role, and converted all four save opportunities when he filled in for the injured Chapman toward the end of last season. Before struggling a bit and having to settle for a deal in Kansas City, Broxton was once one of the most dominant closers in the game with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Toying with the idea of moving Chapman from the bullpen into the starting rotation is nothing new. When the Reds signed Ryan Madson to a one year contract last offseason, it was expected that he would close games and Chapman would move into the rotation to start the 2012 season. But Madson was lost for the season early on, and Sean Marshall was not effective. Cincinnati has higher expectations that Broxton will be able to once again nail down the closer’s job in 2013, affording them the chance to finally move Chapman into the starting rotation. With the way he throws, the Reds were never truly fond of the idea of throwing him in back-to-back games in the first place. He will throw more pitches as a starter, of course, but will receive far more rest as well. And if it doesn’t work, what have you lost? Broxton would go back to setting up Chapman as closer. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?   The post MLB Rumors: Aroldis Chapman To Join Starting Rotation In Cincinnati If Reds Sign Jonathan Broxton? appeared first on Hardball Chat Baseball Blog.

Jonathan Broxton Means Changes in Store for Aroldis Chapman

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...

Broxton returning to the Reds

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...

Reds lock up Broxton for three years

 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 The signing likely means a move to the starting rotation for Aroldis Chapman (barring injury) as Broxton will be inserted into the closer role. Broxton...

Reds sign Broxton to 3-year, 21M contract

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...

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 90: The Cheapskate Approach to Aroldis Chapman/The Phillies and Framing/Ranking Baseball Figures By Historical Importance by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about how the Reds might save some money on Aroldis Chapman, whether certain teams might benefit more from framing than others, and where we would rank Marvin Miller in the pantheon of important historical baseball figures.

AP Source: Reds and Broxton in 'substantial' talks

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...

Reds sign Jonathan Broxton to three year deal worth $21 million

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...

Broxton's contract likely includes closer's role

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...

A Role Dis Chapman Was Born To Play

There’s rumblings that Aroldis Chapman will be in the rotation.  This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this.  In fact, I think every year since Aroldis costumed himself as a giant cigar and smuggled himself in a humidor out of Cuba, there’s been rumblings that he will be in the rotation. The post A Role Dis Chapman Was Born To Play appeared first on Fantasy Baseball Blog at

Jonathan Broxton and the Reds Bullpen

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...

Reds sign P Broxton to 3-year, 21 million deal

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...

MLB Rumors: Will Reds Face Same Dilemma With Aroldis Chapman In 2013 As Nationals Did With Stephen Strasburg In 2012?

When the Washington National placed Stephen Strasburg on an innings limit prior to the 2012 MLB season, not too many people paid that close attention to what effect the decision could have toward the end of the season. After all, the Nationals had never made the playoffs, so although they made a few nice offseason moves, few expected them to compete in the stacked National League...

Reds nearing a multi-year deal with Jonathan Broxton?

Good news for Queen City eateries today. 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...

Reds and Broxton nearing three-year deal

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...
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