MLB Trade Speculation: 5 Teams Who Would Be a Fit for Jonathan Broxton

Evan BarnesContributor IIIMay 18, 2011

MLB Trade Speculation: 5 Teams Who Would Be a Fit for Jonathan Broxton

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 31:  Jonathan Broxton #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on March 31, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Ge
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    With news that Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton might be on the disabled list until June, it’s only a reminder that the 6'4", 300-pound behemoth has yet to overcome his struggles that date back to last season.

    The two-time All-Star has the highest earned run average in his career (5.68) and is battling arm trouble for the first time. He’s no longer as feared as he once was when he entered ball games, and now he instead strikes fear in the heart of Dodgers fans.

    Broxton’s a free agent after this season, so it might be time for the team to start exploring some trade options while he still has value.  The Dodgers are apparently grooming Kenley Jansen to be a future closer, and with Vicente Padilla/Matt Guerrier temporarily filling the role, it’s fair to assume that if Broxton doesn’t return to form once healthy, his Dodgers days could be numbered.

    Here are some possible destinations for Broxton if he ends up on the trading block.

Seattle Mariners

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    BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 12: Pitching coach Carl Willis #48 (C) talks with reliever Brandon League #43 and catcher Miguel Olivo #30 of the Seattle Mariners on the mound during the twelfth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on M
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    Brandon League does have nine saves, but with three consecutive blown saves and a 7.31 earned run average, he’s got some issues that might make the Mariners an attractive suitor for Broxton.

    The last Dodger to head up to Seattle was Adrian Beltre, who never regained the form he had once he left. It’s difficult to assume Broxton won’t meet the same fate, but a change of scenery and less pressure can only help him rediscover his mojo.

Boston Red Sox

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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13:  Jonathan Papelbon #58 and Kevin Youkilis #20 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate a 5-4 win against the New York Yankees on May 13, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    The Red Sox have their own share of issues with current closer with Jonathan Papelbon, and have been in talks to move him for some time. A swap with Broxton makes sense because both could benefit from a change of scenery

    Broxton is four years younger than Papelbon and cheaper ($7 million to $11 million for Papelbon) so Boston could free up some salary while shoring up their bullpen for the next five years. An alternative could be renting Broxton for the year and letting him audition for the future.

Houston Astros

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    HOUSTON - APRIL 14:  Pitcher Brandon Lyon #37 of the Houston Astros high fives catcher Humberto after  getting the final out against San Diego Padres at Minute Maid Park on April 14, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Before he went on the disabled list, Astros closer Brandon Lyon blew a major-league leading four saves. The Elias Sports Bureau also reported that the Astros have the worst start in the saves department since 1969, with only five in 16 opportunities.

    All of this makes Broxton look like Giants closer Brian Wilson in the eyes of the Astros, and he would be greeted as a much-needed upgrade despite his struggles. Maybe the Dodgers could sweeten the deal by offering Houston native James Loney in the process?

St. Louis Cardinals

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 22: Reliever Mitchell Boggs #41 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates a victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on April 22, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    The Cardinals have struggled all season with their closer situation. Ryan Franklin lost his job after blowing four saves and manager Tony La Russa hasn’t decided on a clear-cut replacement between Mitchell Boggs (above), Eduardo Sanchez and others.

    Broxton would not only bring some stability, but as one of the best hitting teams this season, the Cardinals could offer some attractive pieces to the Dodgers to pull off a trade that could add some life to their miserable offense.

Kansas City Royals

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    DETROIT, MI - APRIL 10:  Joakim Soria #48 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates beating the Detroit Tigers 9-5 with Matt Treanor #15 at Comerica Park on April 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    This is a destination more so because the Dodgers should look at getting Joakim Soria more than it being a better fit for Broxton. But Broxton might fit in well with another young and talented squad, and his playoff experience could be valuable.

    Soria and Broxton both have similar numbers at the same age, and their best days are still ahead of them. This might even be a good multi-player trade option, considering both teams have valuable young talent.