Jonathan Broxton's Trade Value Is Rising For The Royals

Jun 3, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton (51) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City won the game 2-0. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

The Kansas City Royals closer should garner plenty of interest from other teams.

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.

One player that they figure to get a lot of calls about is closer Jonathan Broxton. His trade value has been on the rise recently, according to Boston.com.

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.

For more on the Royals go visit Royals Review. Go visit Baseball Nation for more news and notes from across Major League Baseball.

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