KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals have signed free-agent reliever Jonathan Broxton to a one-year contract, saying that they intend to use the veteran right-hander to set up closer Joakim Soria.
Broxton, 27, was a two-time National League All-Star in 2009 and 2010 while pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers, picking up the save for the National League in the 2010 game.
“We are delighted to add someone as talented as Jonathan to our bullpen,” Royals GM Dayton Moore said in a statement. “He will be used in a set up role to closer Joakim Soria and will help solidify what we feel is a young and talented bullpen.”
Since debuting in 2005 for the Dodgers, Broxton has compiled a 25-20 record with 84 saves and a 3.19 ERA in 386 appearances, all in relief. In 392.0 career innings, the 6-foot-4 Broxton has struck out 503, a ratio of 11.55 strikeouts per nine innings – the third-highest in baseball since 2005 among pitchers with at least 350 innings.
Broxton was 1-2 with seven saves and a 5.68 ERA in just 14 games for the Dodgers in 2011 before being placed on the disabled list on May 6 with bone spurs in his right elbow, which required arthroscopic surgery on September 19.