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.