Broxton deal, moves
Reds announced that they got RHP Jonathan Broxton from the Royals for two minor leaguers — LHP Donnie Joseph and RHP JC Sulbaran.
Broxton is 1-2 with a 2.27 ERA with 23 saves, 14 walks and 25 strikeouts in 35 games as Kansas City’s closer. A big 28-year-old right-hander, he is making $4 million this season and can be a free agent this winter.
LHP Bill Bray was placed on the 15-day DL with lumbar muscle strain. RHP Todd Redmond recalled from Louisville. RHP Andrew Brackman was designated for assignment. Redmond, who has yet to pitch in the big leagues despite two callups to both Atlanta to Cincinnati, is here to be insurance in case a long man is needed after the bullpen was used for 7 1/3 innings Monday.
Sulbaran, 22, is 7-7 with a 4.04 ERA in 19 starts with Double-A Pensacola this season, with 111 strikeouts in 104 2/3 innings. He was rated by MLB.com as the Reds’ No. 5 prospect. Joseph, 24, is 8-3 with a 1.72 ERA in 44 games between Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville this season. MLB.com had him as the Reds organization’s No. 7 prospect.
The Reds were efforting a leadoff hitter throughout the day but did not pull the trigger. They were rumored to be after Denard Span of the Twins and Shane Victorino and Juan Pierre from the Phillies. Span and Pierre stayed put while Victorino went to the Dodgers.
“Very hard,” Reds GM Walt Jocketty classified the efforts on pursuing leadoff guys. “We worked very hard on a couple of those guys. In the end, we felt those deals weren’t what we were comfortable doing right now.”
Dusty Baker on Broxton:
“He’s a guy that closed in L.A. and was a closer because [Joakim] Soria got injured in Kansas City,” Baker said. “Here’s a guy that can setup. On days Chapman goes two or three days in a row, he can close. It gives us some more strength and a power arm in the bullpen.
“We said in spring, you can never have enough pitching.”
FYI — Broxton will wear No. 50 once he arrives on Wednesday. That means another roster move will be pending to add him to the 25-man.
I will have a full story on the Trade Deadline shortly on Reds.com/MLB.com