Rangers Targeting Jonathan Broxton

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 19: Jonathan Broxton #51 of the Kansas City Royals throws in the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 19, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Update 11:05 PM EST: The Royals have shown interest in Rangers pitching prospect Justin Grimm, tweets Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star. Grimm, 23, does fit the profile of what the Royals are looking for in a Broxton trade.

Original Story: The Texas Rangers are shifting their focus to bolstering their bullpen for the stretch run and, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the team is targeting right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton of the Kansas City Royals.

Broxton has served as Kansas City's closer this year and is the most likely of Royals to be dealt before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. In return for Broxton, the Royals are seeking a package of young starting pitchers that are close to MLB-ready. That wouldn't be a problem for the Rangers, who have a loaded farm system.

While Broxton has posted a 2.27 ERA across 35 2/3 innings of work, it's with a low 6.3 K/9. The Rangers usually don't target those types of relievers, instead preferring high strikeout arms.

Going back to recent bullpen acquisitions made by Texas, I believe a Greg Holland or Tim Collins would make more sense for the Rangers. The Royals may be able to net someone like Neil Ramirez in return, making it beneficial for them as well.

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