Royals Sign Reliever Jonathan Broxton

In somewhat of a surprising move, the Kansas City Royals have acquired Jonathan Broxton in a one-year deal worth $4 Million according to Ken Rosenthal.

Broxton was one of the games best closers before an injury-riddled 2011 significantly lowered his value in the free agent market this offseason.  He pitched only in 14 games, posting a 5.68 ERA before succumbing to elbow and shoulder injuries last season.  The fact that he signed a moderate, one-year deal with a team not believed to be a serious title contender might be an indication that there is more concern about his injuries than previously believed.

With Broxton on board, the Royals improve a bullpen that was ranked 8th in the AL with a 3.75 ERA, but is much deeper than that ranking shows.  Aaron Crow, Greg Holland and Louis Coleman were all solid contributors while closer Joakim Soria had an off year.   It will be interesting to see how the signing affects the Royal’s closer situation.

UPDATE: It’s now being reported that Aaron Crow will move to the rotation and Broxton will set-up Soria.

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  • ChrisHannum

    I think if there were any lingering doubts that KC would have a competitive bullpen, those should have been dispelled by now

    • detsportsczar


      They’re looking like they want to contend for sure. Now if they can just fix their starters…maybe Crowe will help. The Tigers have some work to do in their bullpen.

      • MCBjohnverburg

        @detsportsczar@ChrisHannum I think the guy that could surprisingly help their rotation is Everett Teaford. He has a quality arm and seems to have more of an idea of what to do with it right now than Duffy. Though you can’t deny that Duffy has quality stuff.


    Solid move for the Royals. one-year $4 MM deal is worth the risk.

    I doubt he’ll be the Broxton prior to 2010 but it’s still a good deal. Dude really needs to get in shape though.