The Reds, owners of Major League Baseball's lowest bullpen ERA (2.66), added another arm to their relieving core on Tuesday as they acquired RHP Jonathan Broxton from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for minor league prospects LHP Donnie Joseph and RHP JC Sulbaran.
Broxton, 28, was 1-2 with a 2.27 ERA and 23 saves in 35 appearances for the Royals this season. He's still owed a little over $1.5MM in salary for the remainder of 2012 and is slated to hit free agency come 2013. It is presumed that he will assume the setup role in front of closer Aroldis Chapman.
The left-handed Joseph split time with Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville where he tallied an 8-3 record, 1.72 ERA and 18 saves over 44 games played. He was selected by Cincinnati in the third round of the 2009 Amateur Draft. Many around the organization feel that the University of Houston product is already major-league ready.
Sulbaran, 22, was 7-7 with a 4.04 ERA in 19 starts for Double-A Pensaco...