Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Reds acquire Jonathan Broxton in exchange for prospects Joseph and Sulbaran

The Reds, owners of Major League Baseball's lowest bullpen ERA (2.66), added another arm to their relieving core on Tuesday as they acquired RHP Jonathan Broxton from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for minor league prospects LHP Donnie Joseph and RHP JC Sulbaran.

Broxton, 28, was 1-2 with a 2.27 ERA and 23 saves in 35 appearances for the Royals this season. He's still owed a little over $1.5MM in salary for the remainder of 2012 and is slated to hit free agency come 2013. It is presumed that he will assume the setup role in front of closer Aroldis Chapman.

The left-handed Joseph split time with Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville where he tallied an 8-3 record, 1.72 ERA and 18 saves over 44 games played. He was selected by Cincinnati in the third round of the 2009 Amateur Draft. Many around the organization feel that the University of Houston product is already major-league ready.

Sulbaran, 22, was 7-7 with a 4.04 ERA in 19 starts for Double-A Pensacola. The Reds tabbed him in the 2008 Draft in the 30th round. MLB.com rated him as the 5th-best prospect in the team's farm system while Baseball America tabbed him as 12th.

News of the deadline deal received mixed reactions among Reds fans on Twitter. Many felt perplexed that GM Walt Jocketty opted to address one of the team's strength rather than help shore up an area of weakness. Others felt that the club may have overpaid for Broxton. And yet some also seemed pleased with the exchange. As with all trades, time will tell.

Other notes:
+ The Reds placed LHP Bill Bray on the disabled list with a back injury. RHP Todd Redmond was promoted from Louisville to take his place.
+ Right-hander and Cincinnati native Andrew Brackman was designated for assignment. The 26-year old struggled mightily in his time in the minors this year as he went 1-5 with a gaudy 6.80 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 23 games played.

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