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 a tired shoulder and had four saves in six chances overall with a 2.82 ERA, impressing the Reds.
Now they have the option of turning Chapman into a starter, which was the plan last season until closer Ryan Madsen tore up his pitching elbow.
The Reds have told Chapman to prepare for next season as a starter, although they haven't committed to Broxton as the closer.
"Nothing's in stone right now," assistant general manager Bob Miller said. "We told (Chapman) before he left to prepare because that's the hardest part -- starter. When we talked to Jonathan we said he was going to be at the back end of the bull...