The Kansas City Royals signed former Los Angeles Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton and the website, kcroyals.com, says that Broxton will be the setup man for closer Joakim Soria. However, the website sbnation.com says a trade may be in the works to send Soria to Toronto for center fielder Colby Rasmus.
The 27 year old Broxton is a two-time National League All-Star who has compiled 84 saves in 117 chances (72 percent), a 3.19 ERA and a 25-20 record in 386 games for the Dodgers since 2005. In the 2010 All-Star Game at Anaheim, he picked up the save. His deal is worth $4 million with an extra $1 million in incentives.
The Soria for Rasmus deal may just be the wishful thinking of Toronto Sun writer Bob Elliot. The Royals traded away Melky Cabrera to turn over the centerfield job to Lorenzo Cain who came over from the Zack Greinke trade with Milwaukee. Rasmus never really got along with Tony LaRussa in St. Louis and never figured out American League hitting, going .173 in 35 games with the Blue Jays.