If Kansas City fails to get back in the AL Central race by July, the team figures to once again be sellers at the trade deadline.
A decision the Royals made last week will likely enhance Broxton’s trade value. They have been cautious with him because of past elbow issues (he had surgery last Sept. 19 to remove bone spurs), but they’re throwing away the kid gloves. Broxton is no longer restricted to pitching no more than two days in a row. He was 12 for 14 in save opportunities entering Saturday, with a 1.74 ERA.
Broxton has been filling in at closer since Joakim Soria went down with an injury. Contenders that could be looking for an upgrade at closer are the Washington Nationals, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.