Reds Acquire Jonathan Broxton

The Reds added a late-inning reliever to the NL's best bullpen today, acquiring Jonathan Broxton from the Royals, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link).  The Reds sent Triple-A lefty Donnie Joseph and Double-A righty J.C. Sulbaran to the Royals in return, tweets Rosenthal's colleague Jon Paul Morosi.

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Broxton, 28, has bounced back this year to post a 2.27 ERA in 35 2/3 innings, although his peripheral stats aren't great with a 6.3 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9.  He has posted a career-best 56.6% groundball rate, a large part in why he's allowed just one home run.  Broxton is throwing 95 miles per hour again and has racked up 23 saves, though I'm guessing he'll join Sean Marshall in setting up Aroldis Chapman.  Broxton is on a one-year deal and has $1.4MM remaining in base salary.

Joseph, 24, has a 1.72 ERA, 11.7 K/9, 2.9 BB/9, and one home run allowed in 52 1/3 relief innings across Double and Triple-A this year.  Baseball America ranked him 27th among Reds prospects prior to the season, suggesting at the time he could become a power reliever in the bigs if able to improve his mechanics.

Sulbaran, 22, has a 4.04 ERA, 9.5 K/9, 4.6 BB/9, and 1.46 HR/9 in 104 2/3 innings as a starter at Double-A this year.  Baseball America ranked him 12th among Reds prospects prior to the season, praising his stuff but expressing concern with his maturity and secondarypitches.  They saw his future as a potential No. 3 starter at that time.

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97 Comments on "Reds Acquire Jonathan Broxton"


DerekJeterDan
3 years 28 days ago

Broxton, Marshall, and Chapman at the back end of the bullpen = No chance for the opposition. Love this move by the Reds.

greengrove
3 years 28 days ago

Trying to make a 6 inning ball game. Impressive.

3 years 28 days ago

Only if the starters hold it together in the first 6 or 7 innings

3 years 28 days ago

wow they really needed that

slasher016
3 years 28 days ago

Reds add a setup man you mean! No way Chapman is not closing.

michael hughes
3 years 28 days ago

Good for the Royals. I think this is exactly what they were expecting to do when they signed him in the offseason.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
3 years 28 days ago

Always a good move. If you aren’t going to contend, if your not really in the free agent market, you can do yourself some good by signing the best deal you can with a relief pitcher, preferably one that has had a history of success.

If things go better than you anticipate, well, you are going to need him for your own team. If the miraculous contending never happens, you got some nice pitcher to flip to someone that REALLY needs him for some new goodies.

JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 28 days ago

They should’ve gotten a bat from the left side instead.

East Coast Bias
3 years 28 days ago

Chapman will still be closing, I take it?

notsureifsrs
3 years 28 days ago

closing isn’t a strong enough word for what chapman has been doing

i bet some batters would sincerely prefer not to face him at the end of the game. down 3 and this guy is in? mercy rule please

Mike
3 years 28 days ago

“Um hey Um, here’s my bat. I’m just going to stand here and let Chapman play catch for a minute.”

brandondc
3 years 28 days ago

Wow. Great playoff teams always have a dominating bullpen. This came out of LF but I love it..

notsureifsrs
3 years 28 days ago

it seems like there is no negotiation at all in some deals

phone rings

“broxton for x?”

“…done”

3 years 28 days ago

Dayton Moore.

notsureifsrs
3 years 28 days ago

i like to make fun of him too, but he just got something for nothing here. whatever they get back, broxton was a really strong pickup this offseason

3 years 28 days ago

As long as frenchy and/or Betancourt was involved I’m okay with it

tim2nyy
3 years 28 days ago

Sucks for my fantasy team, lol.

Crouses
3 years 28 days ago

Low fly ball pitcher at GABP is a good thing.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 28 days ago

Chapman can teach him how to strike out every single guy you face….lol God bless chapman and his starter like K’s

TophersReds
3 years 28 days ago

Best bullpen in baseball just got better.

3 years 28 days ago

great trade!!!

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
3 years 28 days ago

I like it! You can never have too much pitching-and if you can’t find a starter that can help you, then it makes sense to add a relief pitcher that can.

3 years 28 days ago

Glad to see we did something! Would still like to see a left handed hitter.

3 years 28 days ago

Do the Reds think it’s 2009 or something?

WrigleyTerror37
3 years 28 days ago

no its 2012 and he as been great for the Royals this year

3 years 28 days ago

52 baserunners in 35.2 innings is “great” how, exactly? Allowing only 1 HR, I’ll give you, but nothing else about his performance has been “great” since 2009.

MH_20
3 years 28 days ago

Time for me to drop Broxton from my fantasy team.

withpower
3 years 28 days ago

And time for me to add Aaron Crow.

asovermann
3 years 28 days ago

Gregg Holland is more likely for saves probably.

withpower
3 years 28 days ago

Damn, I already used the add.

MH_20
3 years 28 days ago

Yep. He’s already nabbed in both my leagues. I already have Aceves, Street, Clippard, and Axman (w/ Bailey stashed) so I may just dump Broxy for a position player.

3 years 28 days ago

Yep, it’ll more than likely be Greg Holland closing – though i wouldn’t be surprised to see Crow get a fair share of opportunities before the season is over.

Colin Christopher
3 years 28 days ago

Agreed. Herrera could possibly get a shot as well.

Tyler Andula
3 years 28 days ago

Greg Holland is the closer now according to Yost. I thought he should’ve gotten the spot after Soria went down anyway. I’m guessing with the rotations struggles Crow is destined to become a starter next year. My guess would be he continues his role as one of their setup men and we start seeing Herrera in more setup situations.

Wilsonl
3 years 28 days ago

WOW come on…

3 years 28 days ago

No problem, Cards fans. We got Ed Mujica!

3 years 28 days ago

Doesn’t he have like a 4 and a half something ERA?

3 years 28 days ago

My point…

3 years 28 days ago

Mujica has allowed 20% fewer baserunners per inning than Broxton this year and 33% fewer over the past three years. It’s not even a close comparison.

3 years 28 days ago

Those 20% fewer runner score more often though. A 4.3 ERA is a 4.3 ERA.

3 years 27 days ago

And a WHIP over 1.4 is a WHIP over 1.4.

Sky14
3 years 28 days ago

Bowden said that the Reds might be acquiring Broxton to free up pitchers for a Span deal. Since Bowden said it, a Span deal must be completely dead.

Gunner65
3 years 28 days ago

haha! No truer words have ever been spoken

asovermann
3 years 28 days ago

Span already vetoed a deal to Cincy an hour or so ago I think.

Gunner65
3 years 28 days ago

Not true … he had no veto power. MLB Network retracted that statement

asovermann
3 years 28 days ago

Alright, thanks.

3 years 28 days ago

No, MLB Network said they were wrong on reporting that. Said that never happened. Still, I don’t think that deal gets done.

asovermann
3 years 28 days ago

Thank you.