Royals sign Jonathan Broxton to 1-year/$4 million deal

UPDATED 11/29 @ 9:31 a.m.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Kansas City Royals have plucked a free agent reliever from the pool of available closer candidates:

Sources: Broxton to #Royals on 1-year deal, pending physical. Creates options with Soria: Start him, trade him, keep him at closer. #MLB
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Ken Rosenthal

According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the 27-year-old will earn $4 million in 2012.

Broxton got $4M from royals. Plan is for him to set up. Physical tomorrow.
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Jon Heyman

What’s also interesting is that while New York apparently pursued Broxton, it was a former Met, Jeff Franceour, that may have played a part in luring the former Dodger’s closer to Kansas City.

Fellow Ga. native Jeff Francoeur helped recruit Broxton for #Royals. Broxton recently went hunting w/Francoeur & manager Ned Yost
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Jerry Crasnick

I didn’t think Kansas City would be in the market for a late-inning reliever but perhaps Broxton is willing to set up Joakim Soria for a season while he proves his health and builds up his value.  There’s also the chance that K.C. will consider moving Soria to the starting rotation, an idea that has been floated out there by some, but that seems likely given GM Dayton Moore’s comments after the club picked up the relievers $6 million for 2012:

This decision was more of a formality,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “Joakim has been an exceptional closer for the last five years. For us to put together a strong pitching staff in 2012, it is important that Joakim remain a key component at the back end of the bullpen.”

 

Broxton Could Sign Soon, Just Not With Mets

ORIGINAL POST 11/27 @ 11:16 p.m.

Well, here’s to what looks like another “cheap” (admittedly Joe Nathan went for more than expected) closer option coming off the market and being ticketed to finish the home ninth at other fields, not named CitiField, this season.  This tweet from Mark Hale of the NY Post:

Jonathan Broxton's agent, BB Abbott, just told me "I don't think it will be New York for him." Said Broxton could be resolved shortly. #mets
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Mark Hale

From 2006-2009, Broxton was one of the games top relievers racking up an impressive 398 strikeouts with 77 saves over 303 innings, while boasting a 2.79 earned run average. However, the last two seasons have not been as fruitful for the right hander.  He experienced the worst season of his career in 2010 — 4.04 ERA with 22 saves in 29 opportunities — and missed most of the 2011 season with a bruised elbow.

While pitching for the Dodgers in 2011, Broxton allowed 10 runs — eight of which were earned — in 12 2/3 innings, while walking eight and striking out ten:

Personally, I couldn’t be more “okay” with this.  Sure, when Jonathon Broxton was healthy he was lights out, but then he got hurt.  And now, to me, this situation is screaming Eric Gagne part two and I want no part of it.  I’d rather the Mets sign a Brad Lidge, Frank Francisco, Chad Cordero or even trade for a Huston Street or Andrew Bailey before signing Broxton.  There are still plenty of options out there, and I trust that Sandy Alderson is exploring each and every one of them.

This isn’t a missed opportunity to me.  Not just yet.  Now, if all of those above mentioned options come off the board and we’re looking at going into a season “trying” Bobby Parnell closing again, well, then I’ll be pissed.

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