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Kansas City Royals: Why Jonathan Broxton Signing Gives KC the Best Bullpen

The Royals made a major upgrade to their 'pen with the signing of free agent reliever Jonathan Broxton on Tuesday.
The Royals made a major upgrade to their 'pen with the signing of free agent reliever Jonathan Broxton on Tuesday.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Bill RobbinsCorrespondent INovember 29, 2011

The Kansas City Royals made a big splash in the free-agency market earlier today by acquiring former Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton for their 'pen, according to ESPN.

As of right now, he is projected to be the setup man for All-Star closer Joakim Soria when he suits up for KC next season.

Broxton brings with him some injury concerns, but also has the ability to throw a 100 mph fastball at any given moment.

Standing at 6'4", 300 lbs, he's a big powerful pitcher who puts everything into each one of his pitches while he is on the mound.

His best season came in 2009, when he finished fourth in the NL in saves and compiled a 2.61 ERA while making his first of two All-Star teams.

If you throw him into the KC bullpen, suddenly this has become arguably the best unit in the league.

Closer Joakim Soria is a two-time All-Star and has the potential to be one of the best closers in MLB history by the time is career is over.

Last year's setup man, Greg Holland, should have been an All-Star if they give out award for pitchers in just the second half of the season.

The former Western Carolina star went 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA and had an incredible WHIP of 0.93 for the season.

When you combine Holland with the hard-throwing Broxton and the talented Soria, KC will have three strong forces at the back end of their 'pen next season.

Even though All-Star Aaron Crow will likely be moved to the starting rotation this season, the rest of the Kansas City 'pen should be very strong as well.

Former LSU star Louis Coleman starred as the lefty specialist last season when he picked up 11 holds and put together an ERA of 2.87 in 48 games pitched.

Another left-hander, Tim Collins, pitched in 68 games and allowed opposing hitters to bat just .216 against him all year.

And finally Blake Wood, who will arguably be the weakest link in this talented 'pen, went 5-3 with a 3.75 ERA, while collecting five holds in 55 appearances.

As you can see, this has the makings of being one of the best bullpens that the Royals organization has ever fielded in their 42-year history.

Now, we still just have to wait and see if they can prove to everyone else that they will be the best 'pen in the league next season.

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