Originally written November 28, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Cincinnati Reds agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with right-handed closer Jonathan Broxton. When finalized, the move clears Broxton to replace flame-throwing lefty Aroldis Chapman as the closer in Cincinnati. That would free up Chapman to step into a starting role. Broxton, 28, began last season as the Kansas City Royals' closer, then was traded to Cincinnati on July 31 for two minor-leaguers. With the Reds, he mostly served as a setup man. In 35 appearances for Kansas City, which signed Broxton to a one-year, $4 million deal last offseason, he went 1-2 with 23 saves in 27 chances and a 2.27 ERA. He pitched 25 times for the Reds, going 3-3 with four saves and a 2.82 ERA. Broxton spent seven seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, twice making the National League All-Star team, before signing a one-year deal with the Royals last winter. Chapman, 24, is one of the most unhittable lefties in the majors, and he emerged as an intimidating closer this year. He went...
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