Royals Open To Moving Jonathan Broxton

The Royals have indicated to other teams that they are willing to trade closer Jonathan Broxton, reports Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. They list the bullpen-challenged Mets as one potential suitor.

Broxton, 28, is owed approximately $2MM for the rest of the season and will become a free agent this winter. The burly right-hander has pitched to a 2.05 ERA with 20 saves in 23 chances, though his strikeout rate (6.8 K/9) is way down compared to his glory years with the Dodgers. Broxton took over as closer after Tommy John surgery shelved Joakim Soria.


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  1. DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

    One of the best free agent signings of the Offseason so far this season. They could get back a nice piece for him in a trade and many teams are looking into bullpen options. It is never easy to replace a 2.05 era and 20/23 saves guy in the 9th inning, but Moneyball says its important to cash in on Closers when their value is highest. Right now, Broxton’s value will appeal to a lot of teams and they can pick and choose their closer moving forward, if he is traded. They definitely have the young arms for it.

    • Tko11 3 years ago

      Moneyball is really working wonders for the A’s, especially the Manny signing.

      • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

        yeah that minor league deal really sunk the franchise

        moneyball is crippling tampa, too. good points all around

        • Tko11 3 years ago

          Oh yes because that is exactly what I wrote. I wrote that the signing didnt work, thats all. Tampa isn’t really Moneyball, they stunk for many years and then had good drafts. 

          • vtadave 3 years ago

            I encourage you to read Jonah Keri’s book “The Extra 2%”. Very much Moneyball.

        • what has it done for the Mets o thats right tied for the wild card spot.

      • Colin Christopher 3 years ago

        That’s not really a fair assessment of current times, is it? The Moneyball philosophy gave Oakland an advantage a decade ago because they were one of the only teams using advanced metrics to figure out how to win games at the time. Now that every team has analysts, the advantage has swung back to the teams who can spend more.

        More to the point, you didn’t really address the guy’s main claim about Moneyball: That it’s important for teams to cash in on a closer’s value when it is at its highest. Given the volatility of most closers’ performances from year to year, that’s a very cogent and valid argument that you pretty much failed to refute.

        • Tko11 3 years ago

          Yeah well its obvious that a decade ago things were different. The game has changed drastically since then, players no longer hit 50 homeruns per season and now everyone pays some attention to advanced statistics. I agree with the closer argument but would anyone really argue against it? I just see that as common sense. If you are a team that is obviously not going to make it this year and have a closer who is having a great year, you trade him…I don’t even think closers are necessary in baseball and in my view most of them are just overpaid relievers. 

          • Colin Christopher 3 years ago

            So…if it’s obvious that things were different a decade ago, what’s the point in making a snarky comment and applying a decade-old concept to a minor league contract today? It didn’t really seem like a fair or logical response to the guy’s statement about Moneyball.

            As for the closer argument, it’s clear that most MLB managers disagree with you, so I’m guessing they would argue against it.

          • Tko11 3 years ago

            Whats the point of making a comment pointing out the obvious? It’s like saying “The grass is green.” I don’t really think its clear that they disagree I just think they are used to having a closer but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it change in the future. 

          • Crucisnh 3 years ago

            You don’t think that it’s clear that they disagree in spite of all the facts that show that MLB managers are all using closers?  So, are those managers only using closers because they think they have to to keep their jobs, or what?

            Face facts.  Relievers like having roles.  They don’t like the idea that one night they might get mopup duty and the next night they might close.  They like having set roles, and one of those roles is closer.  (Of course, they also like the fact that the closer is the one pitching role other than starter that can make big bucks.)

          • Tko11 3 years ago

            It makes no sense to pay a guy who a good reliever and pitches the 7th or 8th inning less than a guy who pitches the 9th. They are sent out to get three outs, no matter what inning its still three outs. 

          • Crucisnh 3 years ago

            Clearly, MLB GM’s disagree with you.

      • D.j. Wilson 3 years ago

        How does it feel to be swept single-handedly by Brandon Moss, Coco Crisp, and Josh Reddick??? If you have any other “scraps” you don’t want, feel free to send them to OAKLAND!

      • D.j. Wilson 3 years ago

        There really is nothing you can say. The Red Sox are fighting to not fall into last. They trade away promising young players for injured players then sign 35 year old OF’s who get injured or suspended. Neither Epstein nor Cherington could spot a good free agent if they had one standing on their toes. Carl Crawford, John Lackey, Bobby Jenks, Dan Wheeler and their acquisitions (Mike Aviles, Marlon Byrd, Scott Podsednik) WOW, I’m really impressed Boston! At least when we make it to the World Series, we don’t choke every year. Boston will never win 20 games in a row. And the last time I checked, the sole reason why they won the World Series in 2004 is because, as John Henry mentioned in the movie, “I mean, anybody who’s not building a team right and rebuilding it using your model, they’re dinosaurs. They’ll be sittin’ on their butt on the sofa in October, watching the Boston Red Sox win the World Series.” 

        • Tko11 3 years ago

          The A’s have won nothing the past decade…I didn’t agree with the signings of Crawford and especially Lackey so I can agree with you that those were bad signings. Mike Aviles is doing great and that was due to the managements confidence in him or otherwise they would have kept Scutaro. Either way every team has bad and good signings, thats just how it is. They really undervalued Reddick, he was and is a nice player, glad to see him playing so well but I do wish it was for the Sox. The Red Sox trade away young players to upgrade but they also have plenty of homegrown talent so I am unsure of what you are trying to argue there. 

  2. Gumby65 3 years ago

    Yes, Royals are open to moving Broxton (inquiring teams must bring own crains, hoists, flatbed trucks, etc.)  Probably setting up for a good return.

    • drjayphd 3 years ago

      I thought the Royals would have the forklift left over from when they tried to move Calvin Pickering. Remember, GMs, lift with your legs.

  3. thegrayrace 3 years ago

    Pretty surprising for me, as a Dodger fan, to see Broxton doing so well. I can’t say I have much confidence in him continuing the trend, especially with the low SO/9… but good for him.

    • Colin Christopher 3 years ago

      I hear that a lot from Dodger fans, but I don’t get why. From 2006 through the 2010 All-Star Break, he was one of the best relievers in baseball, with absolutely ridonkulous strikeout numbers. He struggled after the break in 2010 and missed most of 2011. It was clear he was pitching injured, but Joe Torre just kept running him out there and Broxton kept taking the ball when asked. It shouldn’t be surprising that a guy who was given time to heal is pitching well again, but maybe there’s something about Broxton I don’t know. I’ll say this: I watch a lot of KC games, and that 2.05 ERA is due to a lot of good luck (and some good fielders.) He’s way more hittable than he used to be, and that makes things just a little too interesting sometimes.

  4. bigpat 3 years ago

    He would be a great fit for the Mets. 

  5. start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

    Might as well. A solid reliever can often get a good return from a desperate enough team.

  6. ugotrpk3113 3 years ago

    How about Daniel Bard?

    Haha, I kid. Or do I?

  7. melonis_rex 3 years ago

    No-brainer here. Closers on noncontenders are redundant and the non-superelite ones are replaceable

  8. diehardmets 3 years ago

    I always hate, HATE paying for relief pitchers, but I really do want to see the Mets get Broxton. Assuming the cost isn’t astronomical, this is someone I really hope they grab. 

  9. Yankees need to make the move. Wade sucks. give them andrew jones lol. ok maybe not jones but a couple of minor leaguers for broxton. Broxton could be a big help in the yankees pen.

  10. How good could the Dodgers bullpen be right now if Torre didnt completely destroy him. That game against the yankees. . . .

    • monkeydung 3 years ago

      48 pitches?

    • BlueSkyLA
      BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

      That game again. He was unable to get anyone out. Torre’s mistake was leaving him in when it was clear he was ineffective.

  11. Braves need to go grab the Georgia boy, I’d love to see Brox/Kimbrel back to back.

  12. TLB2001 3 years ago

    Obviously nobody posting this watches Royals games.  Brox’s numbers are all smoke and mirrors.  He puts way too many guys on base.  He’s serviceable, but far from dominant.  Anything we get out of him will be a plus.  We have plenty of live bullpen arms.

    • monkeydung 3 years ago

      WHIP of 1.33 doesn’t seem like “way too many guys on base”

  13. TLB2001 3 years ago

    If you hit on 19 and get a 2 10 times in a row, it doesn’t make it any less of a bad idea the 11th time.

  14. darkstorm97 3 years ago

    I watch all of the Royals games too. With Wil-Power wasting in Omaha they’d definately be willing to package Frenchy and Brox. I admittedly don’t know much about the Mets pitching prospects though. Would asking for Familia be too much? 

    • kcgregory 3 years ago

      Asking for anything of real value is too much (I don’t know who Familia is fwiw).  As a Royals fan I’d move him for a lottery ticket and call it good.

    • Familia came to mind for me as well, not sure if he’s too much but he’s had a down year.

  15. fisk72
    fisk72 3 years ago

    Um try 8.

  16. AcaciaStrain 3 years ago

     There is no way they are trading in-division.

  17. Tko11 3 years ago

    I wasn’t aware they had a PHD program for Moneyballin. You make it seem like rocket science. Moneyball is getting the most for your money basically, a concept that has been around forever. Don’t make it sound like you need to read every book on Amazon about the subject to understand it. 

  18. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    i’m not even asking you to understand it. i’m asking you to know what it is if you’re going to try to talk about it

    moneyball isn’t shorthand for “whatever the athletics do” and its merits aren’t determined by oakland’s W-L record

  19. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    “What difference does it make if he “puts way too many guys on base”

    among other things, it makes a significant difference in the likelihood that he’ll be able to keep that ERA where it is

  20. If he’s putting a lot of people on base, it means he’s due for some serious regression.

  21. Colin Christopher 3 years ago

    I watch nearly all the Royals’ games too, Brian, and I agree that Broxton is getting very lucky. His strikeout rate is the lowest of his career (even lower than when he was injured in 2010-11) and he’s giving up more hits than he ever has. The only reason his ERA is so low is because he’s somehow getting more guys to hit groundballs, and he has a great infield defense behind him (I use the term “great” loosely when referring to the nights Yuniesky Betancourt is playing second base.)

    And to answer your question, TEN current closers have lower ERAs than Broxton, and nearly all of those have higher strikeout rates and lower hit rates than Broxton. If he keeps giving up hits at this rate and keeps walking 3-4 per 9, his luck will run out. He’s been a great signing for the Royals, but they need to move him before that happens.

  22. well Citi wouldnt be a place where I would believe for that too be too much of a issue.What would you guys say for a package built around him and Francouer.Francouer is having a terrible season so far offensively but he could be a major help to this limping defense that we have plus he is a extra bat off the bench that is right handed.I would glady take him back.

    Flores+Den Dekker+Wade for both that should get it done.

  23. Tko11 3 years ago

    The only thing I even said about the Athletics is that the Manny signing didnt work out and I’m not sure why but you seem determined to keep switching my words around. 

  24. MUCHRIS64 3 years ago

    If the Royals don’t think they can contend, they should trade with anyone, even in the division. Broxton would give the WSox a short term kick at most. He still is a free agent at the end of the year.

  25. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    analysis complete

  26. BlueSkyLA
    BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

    Watching Broxton pitch especially in his last seasons in LA you could see his loss of confidence in his fastball as both the velocity and movement were reduced. He was obviously afraid to challenge hitters and got clobbered whenever he did. The inescapable conclusion is that he was pitching hurt long before he confessed to it. From what I’m hearing from KC fans, he’s now pitching with more finesse but will probably never be the overpowering type of pitcher that most teams prefer as closers. It sounds like he’s more setup or middle relief material now.

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