July 14, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton (51) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning of the game against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
UPDATE 4:30 PM EST: The Royals have acquired two minor league pitchers from the Reds in exchange for Broxton.
Source:— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2012
#Reds get Broxton.
The Reds' acquisition of Broxton comes a bit out of left field as Cincinnati has one of the strongest bullpens in the baseball. The bullpen owns a 2.66 ERA and 10.23 K/9, the best in both leagues by a large margin, and Broxton's acquisition will only make them stronger.
The 28-year-old right-hander has filled in well for the injured Joakim Soria this year, amassing a 2.27 ERA and racking up 23 saves in 27 chances as the Royals' closer.
It is still unknown who the Royals will receive in return, but it is not likely to be much as Broxton is a free agent at the end of the season. Finalization of the deal is still pending a physical by Broxton.