The Cincinnati Reds signed Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21-million contract Wednesday. Broxton came to the Reds last July and had four saves in six chances overall with a 2.82 earned-run average.
With the signing, the Reds can turn incumbent closer Aroldis Chapman into a starter, which they have been wanting to do for a couple of seasons.
Broxton will receive a $4-million base salary in 2013, $7 million in 2014 and $9 million in 2015. There's a club option for another year at $9 million with a $1-million buyout.
Broxton missed most of the 2011 season with the Dodgers because of a bone spur in his elbow that required surgery. He agreed to a $4 million, one-year deal with Kansas City last season, starting as a setup man for closer Joakim Soria. He assumed the closing role in March, when Soria had to have reconstructive elbow surgery.