The Kansas City Royals have signed a one-year deal with right hand pitcher Jonathan Broxton, pending a physical, according to MLB.com.
Broxton was 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA early this season with only 14 appearances before shutting down the rest of the season with bone spurs in his right elbow. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on the elbow on Sept. 19.
The former Los Angeles Dodgers closer is expected to set up for closer Joakim Soria.
"We are delighted to add someone as talented as Jonathan to our bullpen," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "He will be used in a setup role to closer Joakim Soria and will help solidify what we feel is a young and talented bullpen." Sports Illustrated Jon Heyman reports that the deal is worth $4 million dollars. No other details surrounding the contract have been released. In 2009, when Broxton was healthy, the hefty right-hander posted a 2.61 ERA and 36 saves for the Dodgers.