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.


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.

For the latest on all things related to winning the saves category in your fantasy league, check out CloserNews on Twitter.

Photo courtesy of US Presswire.

97 Responses to Reds Acquire Jonathan Broxton Leave a Reply

  1. DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

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

  2. wow they really needed that

  3. slasher016 3 years ago

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

  4. michael hughes 3 years 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 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.

  5. JacobyWanKenobi 3 years ago

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

  6. East Coast Bias 3 years ago

    Chapman will still be closing, I take it?

    • notsureifsrs 3 years 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 ago

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

  7. brandondc 3 years ago

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

  8. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

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

    phone rings

    “broxton for x?”


  9. tim2nyy 3 years ago

    Sucks for my fantasy team, lol.

  10. Crouses 3 years ago

    Low fly ball pitcher at GABP is a good thing.

  11. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 3 years ago

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

  12. TophersReds 3 years ago

    Best bullpen in baseball just got better.

  13. great trade!!!

  14. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years 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.

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

  16. Do the Reds think it’s 2009 or something?

    • WrigleyTerror37 3 years ago

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

      • 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.

  17. MH_20 3 years ago

    Time for me to drop Broxton from my fantasy team.

    • withpower 3 years ago

      And time for me to add Aaron Crow.

      • asovermann 3 years ago

        Gregg Holland is more likely for saves probably.

        • withpower 3 years ago

          Damn, I already used the add.

        • MH_20 3 years 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.

        • 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 ago

          Agreed. Herrera could possibly get a shot as well.

      • Tyler Andula 3 years 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.

  18. Wilsonl 3 years ago

    WOW come on…

  19. No problem, Cards fans. We got Ed Mujica!

  20. Sky14 3 years 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.

  21. Andy_B 3 years ago

    Inexcusable by Mozeilak to allow the Reds to get Broxton.

    • Mike 3 years ago

      I’m sure they’re sending twenty bucks and a bouquet of flowers.

  22. Reds are spending an awful lot of money on their bullpen!

  23. Wonder if the Cardinals could have got him?

  24. Squirrel57 3 years ago

    Pirates, Cardinals looking to acquire Matt Stairs.

  25. Joe Young 3 years ago

    Reds are not done according to MLB/Fox Rosenthal could be Logan for Pierre deal?

    • slasher016 3 years ago

      Reds aren’t giving up their 8th inning guy (with 4 years of control) for a rental in Pierre.

  26. Jack Hillyard 3 years ago

    What did the Royals get in return?

  27. Gunner65 3 years ago

    Todd Redmond, pitcher we got from the Braves is in the Reds club house. I wonder if he is taking someone’s place that is in the Broxton deal?

  28. Let_Timmy_Smoke 3 years ago

    Broxton has had a very good if slightly lucky year (peripherals aren’t as good as his final numbers). Regardless, a nice boost to an already great bullpen, but until they announce what they gave up for him, I’ll reserve judgment.

  29. Jack Hillyard 3 years ago

    I see reports show the deal hasn’t been entirely completed yet. Evidently, more to come

  30. skiingallday 3 years ago

    I like seeing all the talent heading to the NL…. It’s good for the Blue Jays ahah

  31. maybe they take flyer and hope broxton can be a close type pitcher in effort to move chapman to rotation next year and leave marshall as set up?

  32. Looks like we got Juancarlos Sulbaran.

  33. TophersReds 3 years ago

    Broxton for Sulbaran, according to reports. ML reliever for a Minor League reliever. I like it.

    • Sulbaran is NOT a RP, he is the Reds number 5 prospect, a SP, late round pick who has electric stuff. Great signing though, I knew Walt would NOT include Cingrani, Corcino, Hamilton, Gregorius, HRod, Hoover or Joseph in any trades

      • TophersReds 3 years ago

        Not #5 prospect by most. And I’m hearing DoJo is in it too. What the hell is Walt doing? I hate hate hate losing DoJo.

        • I HATE losing DoJo, I do NOT get it, Why not send BRAY?

          • TophersReds 3 years ago

            Bray is on the 15 DL (as of tonight). I really dislike this now too. Now we lost our Bray replacement.

          • Can’t send Bray if he was healthy. He’s not worth much when he was walking an insane amount. Hope Broxton pans out of the season. I’ll keep an open mind. It felt like an overpay to send Stewart in the Rolen deal, but he has bounced around a bit since.

          • Yeah so WHY would Walt send our ONLY OTHER ML ready LH RP in a trade for a 2 month rental?? I would have called up DoJo tonight after Bray was put on the DL. Sulbaran straight up for Broxton is a GREAT deal for KC, they stole Joseph from us, bad deal Jocketty.

        • Josh spoke too soon. Now it feels like a slight over pay, but you never know. I really liked having Joseph in the future.

          • TophersReds 3 years ago

            Feels like a super overpay.

      • Royals Fan 3 years ago

        Moore just ripped Walt off. Broxton was doing all this with smoke and mirrors. He never once had a “clean” save. Sulbaran AND Joseph is a steal for the Royals.

        • HarshReality666 3 years ago

          I heard the same when they ripped off the Giants for Sanchez

    • I like the trade piece. I’m a little disappointed with moving somebody out of the bullpen though. Pending an injury.

  34. Leon Eskenazi 3 years ago

    Ohhh. The Nasty Boys are baaaack !!!!!

  35. The Reds still have Masset coming back soon, lol. Just think if we didn’t lose Madson for the year. But with Broxton, Marshall and Chapman in the 8th and 9th, WOW

    • wwy 3 years ago

      I bet if they had Madson, then either Chapman would have been starting or they wouldn’t have made this deal for Broxton. It sort of seems like overkill anyway, though, unless it’s tied to another deal that hasn’t been announced yet. This wasn’t really an area of need for the team.

  36. Sulbaran fine, not Joseph Walt, why not send Bill Bray along and keep Donnie?

  37. HarshReality666 3 years ago

    Dayton Moore is just stunned that no one wanted Betancourt or Francouer

  38. Marcatmeowmeow 3 years ago

    So happy it was The Reds and not The Giants. Even though our bullpen is looking a little shaky I don’t think he would have been worth the trade.

  39. reds2012 3 years ago

    this is just unfair

  40. Colin Christopher 3 years ago

    That’s peculiar that BA expressed concern over Sulbaran’s secondary stuff while also rating his curveball as the best in Cincinnati’s system. Regardless…good move for the Royals. Probably for the Reds, too.

  41. This is exactly why I thought the Mets should signed him in the offseason smh Sandy Alderson… nice haul for both teams though.

  42. Eric Akers 3 years ago

    This is a good move for both teams. Broxton may have been very lucky with the Royals, but his ground ball rate could be exceptionally helpful in certain situations. I like it for the Reds since he is not closing. I like for the Royals because they got something, and I no longer have to watch him close games anymore.

  43. Jack Hillyard 3 years ago

    This looks like a typical Dayton move–trading Broxton so the Royals don’t have to pay him in hopes of striking it lucky on a couple of “prospects”. How do you say Mazzaro, O’Sullivan, etc.?

  44. Jack Hillyard 3 years ago

    This does not fix the Royals problems. More of the same…marketing the future rather than filling immediates needs while not promoting youngsters who are clearly performing in the minors.

  45. slasher016 3 years ago

    He has a lower ERA than the Reds relievers ERA which is #1 in baseball. So I’d say his comment is accurate.

  46. Colin Christopher 3 years ago

    You haven’t watched Broxton very much this season, have you? He may not be striking out 13.5 per 9, but he’s been really good at keeping the ball on the ground. There’s more than one way for a pitcher to be effective.

  47. greengrove 3 years ago

    Doesn’t matter. Hard to make an argument that he’s not one of the better 6th or 7th inning guys. Which is all he needs to be.

  48. DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

    The Reds are the hottest team in baseball, already have the best bullpen in baseball and just added Jonathan Broxton to that mix. They have guys like Sam Le Cure and Alfredo Simon who are good relievers to have during the regular season but in a key spot during the playoffs, Broxton is clearly the right handed reliever you want in there. He is an huge upgrade to any pen. Their starting pitching has overachieved, but this has shortened the game and will help take some of the load off. Great move.

  49. You are absolutely correct. Royals fan here. Broxton’s results have been better than his actual performance on the field. Still, I think he could be a very valuable piece as a setup man/closer insurance for a contending team. He did a solid job as the Royals closer this year. Nothing wrong with this deal for the Reds – provided they didn’t give up a whole for him.

  50. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

    That’s right. Chapman’s the man. Broxton and Marshall can share the 6, 7, or 8 inning. I like Broxton too so that Chapman doesn’t have to go four saves/four nights in a row. They can give Chapman an occasional break, which I think Broxton will do fine with.

    Plus Broxton keeps it on the ground and he’s going to a team that is just stellar on defense. That’s going to be a great combination-for him and the Reds. Don’t be surprised if ends up looking crazy good.

  51. Gunner65 3 years ago

    Good upside, just really inconsistent … often follows up a good start with a bad one.

  52. Brian F 3 years ago

    uh yeah it pretty much is.

  53. Era doesnt really matter for a reliever…one bad outing and u have a 6 era cause of the small amount of innings pitched

  54. slasher016 3 years ago

    Depends on how the reliever is used. It’s a pretty valuable stat for a closer since they almost always start with a clean inning. You can have a 0.00 ERA as middle reliever and constantly give up other guys runs. As a closer it’s a fair evaluation.

Leave a Reply