According to Foxsports.com, the Reds made a trade with the Royals to acquire reliever Jonathan Broxton with less than an hour to go before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline. 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. It is not known who is going from the Reds to the Royals in the deal, first reported by Ken Rosenthal.
A 28-year-old right-hander, Broxton is making $4 million this season and can be a free agent this winter.
It is a stunning move for the Reds, considering their already strong bullpen depth and performance this season. Cincinnati’s bullpen entered the day leading the Majors with a 2.66 ERA and 20 victories.