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Lots of interest in Jonathan Broxton

Posted on: November 20, 2011 3:47 pm
By Matt Snyder

Former Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton appears to be drawing lots of interest on the free agency market. More than 10 teams have requested his medicals and are looking closely at him, reports Jon Heyman of

Broxton had a swift fall from grace. At several different points in 2009 and 2010, he was one of the best closers in baseball. He is a two-time All-Star. Through 38 appearances in 2010, he had converted 19 of 21 save opportunities with a 1.93 ERA and 53 strikeouts in just 37 1/3 innings. He had only walked seven. The rest of the season, however, he blew five saves while recording only three. His ERA was 7.20 and he walked more guys (21) than he struck out (20). The bad carried over into 2011, as he was awful through 14 outings before an elbow injury ended his season prematurely.

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Broxton had arthroscopic surgery on his elbow in September and is expected to be ready for the spring. It's possible his elbow woes were the cause of Broxton's struggles, so if he's now healthy, it's possible he becomes a gem as a cheap free agent. He's certainly worth a one-year contract and should be plenty attractive to teams seeking bullpen help but not willing to go after a big-money target like Heath Bell or Ryan Madson. The Twins come to mind, just as the Reds do. Maybe the Rangers go after him, as Neftali Feliz is ticketed for the starting rotation. The Mets, Blue Jays, Orioles, Angels and Marlins all make sense as well. And we still haven't named more than 10 teams. So it's wide open.

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Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:31 pm

Lots of interest in Jonathan Broxton

Remember the game and agree whole heartedly with you on every point.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:13 pm

Lots of interest in Jonathan Broxton

SMED, if what you're saying is true, then Broxton doesn't have the mental fortitude to pitch in MLB at all  ;  )

That said, we'd love him in Colorado to either close or middle relief for us if he can't wrestle the job from Street.

Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:46 am

Lots of interest in Jonathan Broxton

Broxton was a stud reliever until Joe Torre ruined him. Broxton's problems all started when Torre brought him into a game against the Yankees and let him throw over 50 pitches. I'm a Dodger fan and I remember this game and that is exactly when things went downhill for Broxton. Closer's aren't programmed to throw that many pitches, that was the equivalent of a starter throwing a complete game and Broxton pitched 1 1/3 innings that day. As always Torre overmanaged, and he is one of the most overrated managers EVER!

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 5:47 pm

Lots of interest in Jonathan Broxton

If he comes at a reasonable price I think Jonathan Broxton is worth taking a shot on. Worst case situation you drop him, best case situation you end up with a stud reliever at a bargain price.
Never understood people complaining about a team taking a chance on a low risk/high reward guy. So what if they don't pan out? It's not like you lose your star players or some big time prospects. But you could end up with a stud too.

And making Neftali Feliz a starter will be a huge mistake for the Rangers. His ERA the last two years as a reliever was around 2.75. It will only go up as a starter. It's harder to hit a guy you only face once a game, then it is when you face him 3-4 times a game. I do believe in general a 2.75 ERA as a reliever translates to a 4.00 to 4.50 ERA as a starter. I'd rather have him close out games than be an average starter. Just because C.J. Wilson succeeded doesn't mean you should gamble with Feliz. Look how many pitchers get ruined from conversion. Just recently you can look at the Yankees and their bouncing around of Joba Chamberlain. Or the dead arm of Phil Hughes. But with Hughes it looks like he can recover, it's doubtful Chamberlain will ever be a stud reliever or ace starter ever again.

You gotta decide where you want the guy, and keep changing your mind. If Feliz sucks as a starter you know the Rangers will make him a reliever again. Thus possibly ruining him. He's a great closer leave him there. Don't fix what isn't broken.

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