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Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 12:09 pm

By Matt Snyder

Jonathan Broxton has agreed to a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, the team announced Tuesday morning. Scott Miller of has learned it's for $4 million, but performance bonuses for number of games pitched could push the deal to $5 million. At least 12 teams were interested and Broxton strongly considered the Rays and Rangers before signing with K.C. The deal is pending a physical, which will take place Wednesday, but Broxton says his arm feels "great," a source told Miller.

What if Broxton is healthy and able to return to form? He was one of the most dominant closers in baseball for a stretch, before injuries hampered him. The Royals already have a solid closer in Joakim Soria. He had an off-year in 2011, true, but he's only 27. There are some teams in the market for a proven closer but no money to spend on one (the Reds come to mind, specifically), so Soria could be pretty good trade bait.

For now, though, the Royals are planning to go with Soria as closer and Broxton as his setup man. Hard-throwing youngster Aaron Crow will then likely move into the starting rotation. And if Broxton is having a good season and the Royals aren't come July, he could be the trade bait, not Soria. So the signing opens up several options.

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Broxton, 27, is a two-time All-Star. Through 38 appearances in 2010, he had converted 19 of 21 save opportunities with a 1.93 ERA and 53 strikeouts in just 37 1/3 innings. He had only walked seven. The rest of the season, however, he blew five saves while recording only three. His ERA was 7.20 and he walked more guys (21) than he struck out (20). The bad carried over into 2011, as he was awful through 14 outings before an elbow injury ended his season prematurely.

He had minor arthroscopic surgery on his throwing (right) elbow in September to shave a bone spur and remove loose bodies. He's expected to start throwing in late December and be ready for spring training.

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Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:28 pm

Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

Hopefully he can find his control and get that fastball back into the high 90's or else he might be done.  Using him as a setup guy is a good idea to take some of the pressure off.  Kind of surprising he signed with KC when it looks like other teams were interested.

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:47 am
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Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:18 am

Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

Ask Dayton Moore about Kyle Farnsworth, Juan Cruz, Jose Guillen, Jason Kendall....

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:24 am

Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

people are talking like broxton is a bust.  wasnt soria a bust when san diego gave up?  how about melky cabera?  jeff francouer?  dayton has been pretty good when rolling the dice on these dudes.  if anything hes a back up to a full stable.  nice to see kc put some money into a "possible" with a team full of young studs.  should make you feel good with the direction of the team instead of doing nothing.  with the resigning of chen and frenchy.....and emergence of the young guys, team looks not only talented, but well bonded since most have been drafted and grew up in the royals family.  i feel very good with "flow" and and "energy" of a very talented team.  They will be good for quite a while.  This is a team Dayton built and has Davids blessing on keeping.  No worries in my mind in keeping this team together.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:02 pm

Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

As a Dodgers fan, Broxton is a very good player, when he has his slider working he is damn near dominant but the only issue with him is that when the pressure exceeds his limit he completely collapses. He wasn't quite the same after that NLCS in which he gave up that homer to Matt Stairs. Good luck and I hope he can become the player we know he can be.

Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:40 pm

Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

Fastball with no movement. Sounds like Kyle Farnsworth JR. and look what he did in a small market American league team.

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:57 pm

Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

Broxton has issues between his ears.

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:53 pm

Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

Bad signing by KC. Broxton throws hard but has no movement. When the Dodgers used him as a set-up man he was terrible, worse than when he closed. Good luck Brox and KC.

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:34 pm

Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

Why do you say that??  Did we trade Billy??

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:06 pm

Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

Royals have a history of adding mid to low level veteran free agents for way too much money. Taking a chance on a young solid pitcher coming off arm surgery for a 1 year deal is probably one of the smarter off-season moves this club has made since I moved to KC some 15 years ago.  They are getting younger and more talented. If they could have hung onto Greinke, this team would be a legitimate threat next year. Crow has potential, so he could surprise a lot of people next year.  As it stands, they are going in the right direction, but unless Verlander decides to retire, Detroit is still the team to beat in the central next year.  Still gonna make it out to the K a bunch next year. I'm always a Twins fan first, but Kaufmann if a great place to watch a game.

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