Broxton remains with Reds on three-year deal
Signing expected to allow Cincinnati to move Chapman into starting rotation
By Mark Sheldon /11/28/12 9:08 AM ET
CINCINNATI -- The Reds re-signed veteran free agent reliever Jonathan Broxton to a three-year contract worth $21 million on Wednesday.
The deal includes a $9 million club option for 2016 and a limited no-trade clause. If he is traded, it becomes a $22 million contract with a mutual option. Broxton has already passed a physical.
Cincinnati will install Broxton to back end of the bullpen and complete a goal of moving 2012 closer Aroldis Chapman into the starting rotation.
Broxton, 28, was acquired by Cincinnati from the Royals in a Trade Deadline deal on July 31 to be a setup man and backup closer for Chapman. Overall, in 60 appearances totaling 58 innings, he posted a 2.48 ERA, 27 saves, 56 hits, 17 walks and 45 strikeouts. He earned $4 million on a one-year contract.
While Chapman missed 10 days with shoulder fatigue in September, Broxton stepped up and was 4-for-4 in save opportunities.
Broxton has a 3.10 ERA and 111 saves over an eight-year career with the Dodgers, Royals and Reds.