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.
Broxton's contract also includes a $9 million club option for 2016 and a limited no-trade clause. If he is traded, it becomes a $22 million contract with a mutual option. He has already passed a physical.
The 28-year old Broxton was initially acquired by the Reds on July 31 from the Royals and finished out the season quite well in a setup role. He produced a 2.82 ERA, 3-3 record, and four saves in 25 appearances for the NL Central Champs last year. He owns a 3.10 ERA and 111 saves in his 8-year big league career.
Cincinnati had also been rumored to be interested in free agent closer Ryan Madson and Joakim Soria. Mad...