Reds sign reliever Jonathan Broxton

The Cincinnati Reds re-signed reliever Jonathan Broxton to a three-year contract on Wednesday morning.  The deal is worth $21 million over the three-year period and also includes a $9 million club option for 2016 along with a limited no-trade clause.

Cincinnati acquired Broxton from the Kansas City Royals midway through the 2012 season.  In 22.1 innings pitched, Broxton had a 2.82 ERA with 20 strikeouts and a 1.03 WHIP.  Overall in 2012, Broxton threw 58 innings and finished with a 2.48 ERA and 45 strikeouts.

According to Cincinnati.com, Broxton will be paid $4 million next year, $7 million in 2014, and $9 million in the last year of the contract.

After the deal was announced, Broxton told MLB.com, “Last year when I got traded, it was to a great team. I had a lot of fun there. There were a lot of young guys that can really do something in the future…It helped out that I had some experience there when I was with them.”

MLB.com is also reporting that, with Broxton signed to stabilize the back-end of the bullpen, the Reds may move last year’s closer Aroldis Chapman to the starting rotation, though nothing is official at this point.

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