Jonathan Broxton introduced at Kauffman Stadium
Newly acquired reliever Jonathan Broxton met with the Kansas City media today. The former Dodgers closer is coming off of a September surgery for bone spurs in his right elbow. He said that 10 to 12 teams contacted him this offseason, with the Royals being the first to make an offer. While he could have closed for a few other clubs, Broxton believes that Kansas City gave him the best opportunity to win. Whether he pitches early or late in the game, he is ready to help the Royals.
The easy-going righty also likes the idea that the Royals are a young, competitive club and a family organization. Broxton plans to lead by example, mentioning that he doesn’t like seeing pitchers celebrate on the mound or batters showing up the opposition after a home run. Broxton mentored a young Dodgers bullpen last season after his injury, staying for every out of every game.
Broxton feels fine as he recovers and plans to begin throwing in 15 to 16 days. General Manager Dayton Moore noted that Broxton could begin throwing this week, though the Royals wanted him to wait. Moore is not worried about Broxton’s health, noting that many teams were interested and all had looked at his medical file.
A few additional notes:
• Moore mentioned the importance of getting one of KC’s top pitching prospects into the rotation at some point in 2012, though it may not happen right away.
• Moore isn’t concerned about Joakim Soria’s struggles in 2011, saying that every closer has ups and downs during a career. As long as the righty is healthy, Moore believes that he is the go-to guy.
Shortly after the press conference, Broxton was officially added to the 40-man roster. In a corresponding move, infielder Jeff Bianchi was designated for assignment. Bianchi, a second-round pick in 2005, played at Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2011.