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.
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Broxton, Marshall, and Chapman at the back end of the bullpen = No chance for the opposition. Love this move by the Reds.
Trying to make a 6 inning ball game. Impressive.
Only if the starters hold it together in the first 6 or 7 innings
wow they really needed that
Reds add a setup man you mean! No way Chapman is not closing.
Good for the Royals. I think this is exactly what they were expecting to do when they signed him in the offseason.
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.
They should’ve gotten a bat from the left side instead.
East Coast Bias
Chapman will still be closing, I take it?
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
“Um hey Um, here’s my bat. I’m just going to stand here and let Chapman play catch for a minute.”
Wow. Great playoff teams always have a dominating bullpen. This came out of LF but I love it..
it seems like there is no negotiation at all in some deals
“broxton for x?”
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
As long as frenchy and/or Betancourt was involved I’m okay with it
Sucks for my fantasy team, lol.
Low fly ball pitcher at GABP is a good thing.
Chapman can teach him how to strike out every single guy you face….lol God bless chapman and his starter like K’s
Best bullpen in baseball just got better.
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.
Glad to see we did something! Would still like to see a left handed hitter.
J. B. Rainsberger
Do the Reds think it’s 2009 or something?
no its 2012 and he as been great for the Royals this year
J. B. Rainsberger
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.
Time for me to drop Broxton from my fantasy team.
And time for me to add Aaron Crow.
Gregg Holland is more likely for saves probably.
Damn, I already used the add.
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.
Agreed. Herrera could possibly get a shot as well.
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.
WOW come on…
No problem, Cards fans. We got Ed Mujica!
Doesn’t he have like a 4 and a half something ERA?
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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.
Those 20% fewer runner score more often though. A 4.3 ERA is a 4.3 ERA.
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And a WHIP over 1.4 is a WHIP over 1.4.
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.
haha! No truer words have ever been spoken
Span already vetoed a deal to Cincy an hour or so ago I think.
Not true … he had no veto power. MLB Network retracted that statement
No, MLB Network said they were wrong on reporting that. Said that never happened. Still, I don’t think that deal gets done.
Inexcusable by Mozeilak to allow the Reds to get Broxton.
I’m sure they’re sending twenty bucks and a bouquet of flowers.
Reds are spending an awful lot of money on their bullpen!
Wonder if the Cardinals could have got him?
Pirates, Cardinals looking to acquire Matt Stairs.
Reds are not done according to MLB/Fox Rosenthal could be Logan for Pierre deal?
Reds aren’t giving up their 8th inning guy (with 4 years of control) for a rental in Pierre.
What did the Royals get in return?
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?
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.
I see reports show the deal hasn’t been entirely completed yet. Evidently, more to come
I like seeing all the talent heading to the NL…. It’s good for the Blue Jays ahah
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?
Looks like we got Juancarlos Sulbaran.
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
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?
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.
Feels like a super overpay.
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.
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.
Ohhh. The Nasty Boys are baaaack !!!!!
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
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.
Sulbaran fine, not Joseph Walt, why not send Bill Bray along and keep Donnie?
Bray just went on the DL…yet again.
Dayton Moore is just stunned that no one wanted Betancourt or Francouer
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.
this is just unfair
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.
This is exactly why I thought the Mets should signed him in the offseason smh Sandy Alderson… nice haul for both teams though.
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.
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.?
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.