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Royals sign Jonathan Broxton

Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 12:09 pm

By Matt Snyder

Jonathan Broxton has agreed to a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, the team announced Tuesday morning. Scott Miller of has learned it's for $4 million, but performance bonuses for number of games pitched could push the deal to $5 million. At least 12 teams were interested and Broxton strongly considered the Rays and Rangers before signing with K.C. The deal is pending a physical, which will take place Wednesday, but Broxton says his arm feels "great," a source told Miller.

What if Broxton is healthy and able to return to form? He was one of the most dominant closers in baseball for a stretch, before injuries hampered him. The Royals already have a solid closer in Joakim Soria. He had an off-year in 2011, true, but he's only 27. There are some teams in the market for a proven closer but no money to spend on one (the Reds come to mind, specifically), so Soria could be pretty good trade bait.

For now, though, the Royals are planning to go with Soria as closer and Broxton as his setup man. Hard-throwing youngster Aaron Crow will then likely move into the starting rotation. And if Broxton is having a good season and the Royals aren't come July, he could be the trade bait, not Soria. So the signing opens up several options.

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Broxton, 27, 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.

He had minor arthroscopic surgery on his throwing (right) elbow in September to shave a bone spur and remove loose bodies. He's expected to start throwing in late December and be ready for spring training.

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Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:17 am

Report: Royals to sign Jonathan Broxton

Think it is great move.  Start off with trying to get him comfortable with the 8th inning setup for Soria and allow Aaron Crow to try moving back into a starting role (which he has always been).  If he pans out and looks like he could be fulltime closer for another team during playoff runs, he brings in prospect or cash to spend on another starting arm next year.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:10 am

Report: Royals to sign Jonathan Broxton

Broxton's lucky to get 4 million, he's two years removed from getting anyone out on a consistent basis and is coming off major surgery.  The Royals would be insane to trade Soria, if Broxton is effective in 2012 he walks for a big money deal in 2013, more likely he continues to stink and is ineffective in any role whatsoever, in which case Soria, for better or worse, remains your closer in 2012 and beyond.

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:04 am

Report: Royals to sign Jonathan Broxton

Doesn't make any sense at all, a 1 year deal? 
That's the best he can get?

Yes it does. It makes excellent sense for both sides. 

For the Royals, they get a possible All Star caliber closer how has had a bad time recently for a cheap one year deal. They have taken a closer for a small amount. A little gamble for a possibility of improving on last year and they will get compensation if he signs for another team.

For Broxton it is a matter of proving he has lost non of his abilities and can still close out games. If he does he will move on to a better deal.

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:46 am
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Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:37 am

Report: Royals to sign Jonathan Broxton

Check his career again.....he had a bad second half of 2010.  He did not have a bad "tail end of last season".  He only made 14 appearances last season, at the beginning of the year, and was terrible in all of them...finally missing most of the season which a bone bruise and other "injuries".  So a bad year and a half, missed more than half a year with an ARM injury and coming off elbow surgery and you're surprised he's only getting a 1 year deal?  Not me.  I would have been very surprised had Broxton gotten a multi-year deal with anyone.  I am a little surprised the 1 year deal is for as much money as it is.

Now if Broxton is healthy and pitches like 2009 and the first half of 2010 -- $4million is a steal.  If Broxton pitches like the second half of 2010 and 2011 then KC just wasted $4million.

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:14 am

Report: Royals to sign Jonathan Broxton

Doesn't make any sense at all, a 1 year deal? 
That's the best he can get?
I realize he struggled a bit at the tail end of last season but I think that shouldn't put him in the class of  a 1 year deal kind of guy.
Could also be that we're entering a new era in free agency where if you have a down year don't expect teams to look at your resume before that, it's a "what have you done lately" sort of thing very similar to what Adrian Beltre had to do.
If you remember, Beltre signed a one year deal with the Red Sox, had a great year THEN got his big deal with the Rangers so perhaps in most cases now a player will have to reprove himself to get the security of a deal onger than 1 year.
It makes sense for the teams and it may bring a modicum of fiscal sanity to the game but you will still get the teams who are the big spenders who will take chances on guys.
The downside though is that teams like the Royals who do give a guy like Broxton a change of scenery then don't have much of a realistic shot at signing him longterm if he does redeem himself makes it look like there's a revolving door at the clubhouse. 

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