Relievers Broxton, Madson agree to deals
According to CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman, Broxton and the Reds are on the verge of officially inking a three-year, $21 million deal with a club option for 2016. Broxton proved to be a versatile reliever in 2012, starting the season as Kansas City’s closer before being traded to Cincinnati to serve as a set-up man for phenom Aroldis Chapman, and he was 4-5 with 27 saves and a 2.48 ERA overall; now, with him back in the fold, the Reds are expected to use Broxton as the closer so they can move Chapman to the starting rotation.
Madson, meanwhile, has passed his physical with the Angels, and the 32-year-old has signed a one-year deal that could be worth up to $7 million after incentives. Madson was 32-for-34 in save opportunities as the Phillies’ closer in 2011, but had Tommy John surgery after signing with the Reds last winter and missed all of 2013. He is expected to reclaim his closing role in Anaheim, with Ernesto Frieri (2.32 ERA, 23 saves in 2012) serving as a temporary replacement if Madson isn’t ready by Opening Day.
In addition to those two free agents, one potential trade target may also be off the market in Houston’s Wilton Lopez. According to Heyman, the Phillies and Astros have agreed in principle to a deal that would send Lopez to Philly in exchange for a pair of undetermined prospects, and the deal is in its finalizing stages. The 29-year-old righty, who was originally signed by the Yankees as an international free agent in 2002, was 6-3 with a 2.17 ERA and 10 saves for the Astros last season, and is in his first arbitration year.
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