Report: Reds get Broxton

According to, the Reds made a trade with the Royals to acquire reliever Jonathan Broxton with less than an hour to go before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline. Broxton is 1-2 with a 2.27 ERA with 23 saves, 14 walks and 25 strikeouts in 35 games as Kansas City’s closer. It is not known who is going from the Reds to the Royals in the deal, first reported by Ken Rosenthal.

A 28-year-old right-hander, Broxton is making $4 million this season and can be a free agent this winter.

— Mark Sheldon


I know this turns the Reds ‘pen into one of the best in baseball, but do they really need Broxton in the back end? Seems unnecessary as they really need a lead off hitter. Shouldn’t this have been the priority?

Perhaps they are considering a move for Chapman to the starting rotation.

Nope. According to John Fay, he’s going to set up Chapman. Plus at this late stage in the season, having Chapman start is a bad idea, as he only has two consistently plus pitches.

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