Originally Posted by Superdude
What I learned form that article: Broxton is 28! I seriously just assumed he was like 33 at this point. I'll probably cringe at this Broxton contract, but if it means Aroldis Chapman finally getting a shot at starting in 2013, pay the man whatever it takes.
I'm the same way. I thought he was in his early 30's. This sounds better knowing that. The Reds need to give Chapman a serious look in the rotation. He has the potential to be another Randy Johnson. Worst case scenario is that Chapman fails in the rotation and goes back to being closer where we know he excelled.
Broxton isn't quite the lights out closer Chapman was for most of last season but he's not a bad alternative. I think he will be just fine. There will be a few more "Cordero" like moments from him than we got from Chapman. Also Hoover could get some opportunities to close and grow into that position. Really, I think this signing is a win-win all the way around. These are good days to be a Reds fan.