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Dodgers open to listening on Broxton

Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:41 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 4:43 pm

The Dodgers, among the most active clubs of the winter, are in a bit of a holding pattern now as they look to sort out their left field situation.

But as they do, and as several rival clubs look to add bullpen help, sources say that the Dodgers are open to inquiries regarding closer Jonathan Broxton.

Not that the Dodgers are actively shopping the man who eventually was removed from the closer's role as their 2010 season swirled down the drain. But they'll listen.

Broxton was 5-6 with 22 saves in 64 appearances last season and, as things went south for him, started "pitching scared", in the words of one scout.

Los Angeles is hopeful that pattern reverses itself in 2011. But the Dodgers also are re-tooling and conceivably could package Broxton in a deal that would bring back a left fielder.

Currently, Jay Gibbons projects as the starter. The Dodgers would be fine with bringing back Scott Podsednik. But he prefers to test the free-agent market and, as he does, the Dodgers prefer to wait it out until the prices become a little more realistic.

Or, until something attractive might present itself on the trade market.


Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:21 pm

Dodgers open to listening on Broxton

The Phillies offer Raul Ibanez, John Mayberry Jr, and a washing machine...  All to work the 7th inning...

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2010 5:06 pm

Dodgers open to listening on Broxton

My guess is that it takes one hell of an offer to get Broxton from the Dodgers.  Yes, Broxton had a bad year last year, especially in the second half, as did most of the team (Kemp, Martin, Loney, Ethier, Blake) for various reasons.  That said, Broxton is young, under contract and still has outstanding stuff.  One bad year, imo, is no reason to just give this guy away.  Lots of young players have a bad year and then bounce back to form and there are just not that many good closers with Broxton's stuff out there.  Nevertheless, no player on any team should be untouchable and if the right deal presents itself you have to consider making the move and letting Kuo and/or Jansen close.

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