Looking to maintain their dominance in the National League , the Cincinnati Reds made a move that will help them do just that.
UPDATE: Wednesday, November 28 at 8:32 a.m. ET
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has the latest on Broxton's deal:
Broxton deal with #Reds is three years, $21M. Also a club option for 2016. Salaries of $4M-$7M-$9M, with $1M buyout on $9M option.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 28, 2012
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The righty was a viable reliever in 2012, coming out of the 'pen for the Reds and the Kansas City Royals, pitching to a 4-5 record with 27 saves and a 2.48 ERA.
Not only does this deal affect the bullpen, but it also changes the starting rotation, as you'll see in this Heyman tweet:
broxton deal will allow #reds to move chapman to rotation. some wonder about that idea, but they don't.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 28, 2012
Some question moving Chapman into the starters role, but now with another solid closer on the roster, the Reds have some wiggle room with their pitching staff.
Chapman saved 38 games for Cincinnati in 2012 and was often mentioned in NL Cy Young conversation, thanks in large part to a fastball that reaches up to 100 MPH and a minuscule 1.51 ERA.
If the Reds do utilize Chapman in a starters role, Mike Leake could lose his spot in the rotation in order to make room for the southpaw Chapman.
As a seven-year veteran who spent most of his time in the NL as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, locking down Broxton only aids Cincinnati in its quest for its first World Series title since 1990. The Reds lost in the NLDS last season to the San Francisco Giants, who went on to win the World Series for the second time in three seasons.
For his career, the two-time All-Star Broxton sports a 3.10 ERA and 111 saves to go along with a 1.24 WHIP.
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