Broxton closing again

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2012

It looks like the Kansas City Royals are close to deciding on their new closer. Since Joakim Soria went down with an elbow injury they’ve been debating between the experienced Jonathan Broxton and young, up and coming Greg Holland. Jon Heyman tweeted this afternoon that Broxton looks to be the front runner.

@JonHeymanCBS: The #royals are leaning toward jonathan broxton as their closer with soria on the shelf

Personally, I’m not surprised by this. The Royals did give Broxton four million dollars to pitch for them. And we know the Royals need to get all the production they can get out of their dollars. The money isn’t why he’s earned the role though, it’s his performance.

So far this spring he has a 1.50 ERA over six innings, striking out seven while walking three. While he’s been excelling his competition, Holland, has struggled. Holland has given up five runs over eight and two/thirds innings BUT he has struck out twelve.

Holland was solid in 2011 and definitely the future closer of the Royals but you can’t blame the team for starting off with the experienced guy. They’re a team who has a great young nucleus and if things go right could challenge in the American League Central.

So if I was Ned Yost, I’d take Broxton early on too.

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