A deal that has Walt Jocketty’s fingerprint on it.
Right before the trade deadline ended, the Reds acquired relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton from the Kansas City Royals. The Royals made a decent haul in receiving J.C. Sulbaran and Donnie Joseph from the Reds. It was what occurred previous to that deal that had some Red fans miffed and baffled.
The MLB Network had a graphic on the screen noting that Minnesota Twins center fielder Denard Span had declined a trade to the Reds. As you can imagine, a Twitter firestorm developed. Some Reds fans began commenting about Span for his decision. All I could do was shake my head at these tweets.
Within about five minutes after that graphic hit the screen, MLB Network backed off what was stated on the graphic and reported that the Reds, in fact, did not agree to any deal because of the pieces the Twins were wanting in return. What those pieces were, quite honestly, are inconsequential.
Think about what transpired within that period of time…
Anyway, on the Broxton deal…
Accodring to MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo, the Reds sent their #5 (Sulbaran) and #7 (Joseph) prospects to the Royals. Broxton is on a one-year deal and the Reds will be on the hook for the remainder of his $4MM he is to earn. You read that…then see this tweet.
#Reds GM Walt Jocketty wanted to upgrade everyday lineup but said the asking price was too high.
— Joe Kay (@apjoekay) July 31, 2012
Prior to the beginning of this season, Broxton was to serve as the set-up man for Joakim Soria. During the spring, Soria developed issues with his throwing elbow and would later be told he would need Tommy John surgery. Broxton would be placed back into his familiar role as a closer.
And Broxton has preformed well in that role in 2012. He is 1-2 with a 2.27 ERA and a WHIP of 1.402 to go along with his 23 saves. The concern would that Broxton’s strikeout rate (SO/9) has declined from 10.5 in 2010 to it’s current ratio of 6.3. The upside there is his walk rate (BB/9) has also lowered from 4.0 in 2010 to 6.4 last year to 3.5 in 2012.
Thing is, since Broxton’s “breakout” season of 2009 when the big righty was 7-2 with an ERA of 2.61, a WHIP of 0.961 with 36 saves, he has not come close to attaining any numbers from that season.
So…how would you rate this deal? (And a few quick notes are after the poll!)
How would you grade the Jonathan Broxton trade?
- A (26%, 43 Votes)
- B (45%, 74 Votes)
- C (19%, 31 Votes)
- D (7%, 11 Votes)
- F (3%, 9 Votes)
Total Voters: 163
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