The Cincinnati Reds, paving the way for left-hander Aroldis Chapman to become a starter, are in serious talks with free-agent right-hander Jonathan Broxton on a multi-year contract, according to major league sources.
Broxton, 28, could become the team's closer if Chapman moves into the rotation. The Reds acquired Broxton last July 31 from the Kansas City Royals, and the veteran pitched well both in the final two months of the regular season and postseason for Cincinnati.
The Royals had signed Broxton to a one-year, $4 million contract, and he converted 23 of 27 save chances as their closer with a 2.27 ERA. Broxton was a setup man for the Reds, producing a 2.82 ERA in 22 1/3 innings and pitching three scoreless innings in the NL Division Series against the San Francisco Giants.
The Reds also had expressed interest in free-agent righties Ryan Madson and Joakim Soria, both of whom are coming off Tommy John surgery. Madson is in talks with the Los Angeles Angels, according to ...