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Reds sign Jonathan Broxton to 3-year deal

The big right-hander will take over as the Reds' closer next season.

Thearon W. Henderson

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to at three-year deal with free-agent right-hander Jonathan Broxton, sources have told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:

Jonathan Broxton and the Reds have an agreement on a multiyear deal, sources said.

The deal is believed to be for at least three years. An announcement is expected Wednesday.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports breaks down the financial specifics of the deal:

Broxton, 28, will replace young left-hander Aroldis Chapman as the team’s closer so that Chapman can attempt a transition into the starting rotation.

Following two tough seasons with the Dodgers, Broxton regained his form this past season with the Royals, posting a 2.27 ERA in 35 appearances while filling in for injured closer Joakim Soria. Broxton then headed to Cincinnati at the trade deadline and continued to pitch well, putting up a 2.82 earned-run average in 25 appearances.

The big right-hander no longer has the elite strikeout rate that made him nearly unhittable in his first five seasons, but he has lowered his walk rate to compensate for the loss of swings and misses, so he should still be an effective closer.

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