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Broxton closed four games in six chances for the Reds last season.
The Cincinnati Reds had one of the best bullpens in the majors last season, and when Jonathan Broxton came over from Kansas City to serve as a setup man, their pen became arguably the best.
Now, after signing a three-year, $21 million contract, Broxton allows the Reds to reconfigure their starting rotation.
Dominant closer Aroldis Chapman, who saved 38 games and finished with a 1.51 ERA in 71.2 innings, will get a chance as a starter, which hands the closer role to Broxton.
The former Los Angeles Dodger had a nice bounce-back year in 2012, recording 27 saves (four with the Reds) and compiling an ERA under 2.50.
However, two problems arise from the Broxton signing.
First, his shaky ending with the Dodgers poses real questions towards his reliability as a closer. And after missing most of the 2011 season due to a bone spur in his elbow, Broxton has lost his ability to overpower hitters. His K/9 rate is down from 13.5 in 2009, his best season with the Dodgers, and now hovers around 7.0.
Second, Chapman is unproven as a starter. If Chapman's success does not translate to the starting rotation, the Reds will need to reorganize their pitchers, likely moving Chapman back to the closer role, and watch as money is unnecessarily shoveled into Broxton's pocket as a setup man.
Broxton brings many "ifs" to the table and could spell trouble for the Reds in 2013.