KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 16: Closer Jonathan Broxton #51 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Kauffman Stadium on May 16, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
UPDATE: Morosi tweets that the Royals are not looking for a prospect in return for Broxton but a major-league ready player.
If #Royals move Jonathan Broxton, source says they are asking for a right-now major league piece in return.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 6, 2012
The Kansas City Royals are willing to move righty reliever Jonathan Broxton before the trade deadline, sources have told Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
Broxton, in many ways, is the ideal deadline pickup for teams in need of bullpen help. He earns a reasonable salary — roughly $2 million for the rest of this year, along with up to $1 million in performance bonuses — and has postseason experience with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Broxton, 28, has pitched well extremely well this year as the fill-in closer for the injured Joakim Soria, racking up 20 saves and a 2.05 ERA in 30 2/3 innings.
Though only on loan for half the season -- Broxton is eligible for free agency following the season -- several teams are in the market for bullpen help and may take a flyer on the flame-thrower. Rosenthal and Morosi speculate that the New York Mets, they of the worst bullpen ERA in baseball, are one possible trade candidate for the hefty right-hander.
Which team would be the best fit for Broxton?