Jonathan Broxton a Huge Factor For Cincinnati Reds in 2013
Jonathan Broxton was a quite the closer with the Los Angeles Dodgers, however, since signing with the Kansas City Royals prior to the 2012 MLB season and an awful 2011 campaign his fame somewhat demised. After being dealt to the Cincinnati Reds in July the 300-pound closer is back in the spotlight with plenty of expectations.
The Reds made it very clear what there goals were when they sent Drew Stubbs packing in order to bring in All-Star Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. Stubbs was the younger option, but the club wants to win now and believes Choo gives them the best opportunity to do so. Along with a new center fielder the team will also be using a different closer in 2013 as Aroldis Chapman is going to the starting rotation after saving 38 games for the Reds last season.
Although Broxton did have 27 saves last year only four of them came with the Reds as he was extremely successful with a 2.227 ERA in 35.2 innings as a Royal. Returning to the more pedestrian National League he will be given full-time closing duties in a ballpark that is one of the most hitter-friendly in all of the MLB.
2012 was definitely a comeback season for the 6-foot-4 closer as he had a 5.68 ERA in just 14 games for the Dodgers in 2011 as he was sidelined with a bruised right elbow.
After a 97 win season the Reds are making some changes in pivotal areas, but if Broxton can shut the door in 2013, Cincy will once again be home to the NL Central divisional champions.