Jonathan Broxton to the Royals (Pending Physical)

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - APRIL 25: Jonathan Broxton #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during a game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium on April 25, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Jonathan Broxton has been signed by the Royals according to Ken Rosenthal. The bullpen seemed set for 2012, so the move seems a little weird by itself. It may just an initial trade that puts some of the 2011 bullpen pieces on the move. Depending on terms, it doesn't seem horrible on the surface. 

Here is a few stats on Broxton:

Year Team G IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 GB% ERA FIP xFIP SIERA FB Speed
2005 Dodgers 14 13.2 14.49 7.9 0 18.20% 5.93 2.65 4.27 3.67 94.4
2006 Dodgers 68 76.1 11.44 3.89 0.83 39.20% 2.59 3.13 3.32 3 95
2007 Dodgers 83 82 10.87 2.74 0.66 48.80% 2.85 2.73 2.71 2.54 95.2
2008 Dodgers 70 69 11.48 3.52 0.26 44.50% 3.13 2.26 2.9 2.61 96.3
2009 Dodgers 73 76 13.5 3.43 0.47 56.10% 2.61 1.97 2.02 1.89 97.8
2010 Dodgers 64 62.1 10.54 4.04 0.58 46.60% 4.04 3.01 3.2 2.99 95.3
2011 Dodgers 14 12.2 7.11 6.39 1.42 41.90% 5.68 5.63 4.67 4.75 94.1

He did not pitch well in 2011.  His velocity got worse as the season went on. 

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via www.fangraphs.com

He eventually went on the DL for a sore right elbow. I will have to wait and see how this signing affects the team.

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