Jonathan Broxton may have only thrown 12 2/3 innings last season, but his strong track record is keeping interest in him high, even in a stacked market for closers. SI.com's Jon Heyman tweets that more than 10 teams have inquired on Broxton and requested his medical records.
Last week, there were reports that the Blue Jays and 4-6 other teams were in on the lifelong Dodger, but that number appears to have risen. From 2006-2009, Broxton racked up 303 1/3 innings of 2.79 ERA ball while whiffing 11.8 hitters per nine innings. Broxton has slipped to a 4.32 ERA over his last two seasons though, and his once blistering fastball has dropped from the 96-98 mph range (97.8 in 2009) to the 94.1 mph he averaged in his small 2011 sample size.
Broxton's strong track record landed him 47th on MLBTR's Top 50 free agent list, letting him just barely sneak into our Free Agent Prediction contest. Broxton underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery in September but expects to begin throwing within the next two weeks. Ben Nicholson-Smith examined his free agent stock in late September and predicted a one-year deal with plenty of incentives.