The latest Cincinnati Reds trade rumors have the team pulling of a deal with the Kansas City Royals. The Reds-Royals trade brings in closer Jonathan Broxton, giving the Reds much-needed depth in the bullpen. Broxton could prove invaluable to the team as the Reds try to win the National League Central.
According to CBS Sports, Broxton will serve as a good right-handed complement to closer Aroldis Chapman in the bullpen. Broxton has youth on his side and is also under a one-year contract after leaving the Los Angeles Dodgers. He will become a free agent at the end of the season if the Reds don't extend his contract.
So far in 2012, Broxton has an impressive 2.27 ERA over 35.2 innings. He has stepped it up after going through some injuries last season and Broxton is certainly capable of becoming the closer for another franchise next year. His value went up with the success that he found in Kansas City and now Cincinnati is really deep in the bullpen.
Coming into Tuesday (July 31), the Reds hold a three game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central. The team is now tied with the Washington Nationals for the most wins in the NL as well, showing just how close this Reds team is to being a serious postseason contender. Details about who the Reds had to give up getting Broxton have not yet been revealed though.
What do you think about these Cincinnati Reds trade rumors? Is the Jonathan Broxton trade with the Kansas City Royals exactly what the team needed at this point?