Report: Jonathan Broxton to sign with the Royals

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals and Jonathan Broxton have agreed to a one-year deal.  It’s done pending a physical. UPDATE: Heyman says it’s a $4 million deal.

A physical isn’t purely academic in Broxton’s case given that he’s coming off elbow surgery — and you have to figure the doctor is going to yell at him about his cholesterol — but assuming that’s done, this should be a nice pickup for the Royals.  Broxton wants to make good so he can be a well-paid closer again in 2013, so it’s likely an incentive-laden deal.

The more interesting question will be his role. The Royals obviously have Joakim Soria closing things out, but he could be really valuable as a trade candidate or possibly could be converted into a starter.  People have been saying it about him and the Royals for years, but a team where the Royals are now don’t need An Established Closer.

Worst case, though: the Royals bullpen — already as strength — gets stronger.  That sound you hear is even more people preparing to jump on the “The Royals Are Lookin’ Frisky” bandwagon next spring.

Someone stole the bat from the Ken Griffey, Jr. statue at Safeco Field

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The Mariners unveiled a statue of Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. earlier this year at Safeco Field, featuring the slugger in his famous follow-through seen after each of his 630 career home runs. Chris Daniels of KING 5 News in Seattle reported on Tuesday evening that someone had stolen the bat from the statue.

Thankfully, the Seattle Police Department announced that the bat has been recovered and a suspect has been arrested. They expect to provide more details later. Daniels reports the Mariners have confirmed the news.

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.