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Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Monday that as the roster stands right now, Broxton is the team's closer.

The expectation is that the Brewers will add a lefty to the bullpen to replace the departed Zach Duke, but Broxton is penciled in as the replacement for Francisco Rodriguez. In limited opportunities with the Brewers after he was acquired in August, Broxton had a 10.5 K/9 and 1.7 BB/9 over 10.1 innings, while his past experience as a closer has seemingly placed him ahead of the likes of Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress on the depth chart. Roenicke mentioned Smith and Jeffress as options to pick up the occasional save when Broxton is unavailable. Of course, there are plenty of moving parts, including the potential return of Jim Henderson and Tyler Thornburg, the possibility of a trade, or the decision to use Jimmy Nelson out of the bullpen if the team's current stable of starting pitchers remain on the roster (and healthy) through spring training.

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Broxton was traded to the Brewers on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

Broxton will strengthen a Brewers' bullpen for the stretch run in 2014, but is also under contract for the 2015 season and has a mutual option for 2016. He will likely take on an eighth inning role for the Brewers this season, with Francisco Rodriguez firmly entrenched as the team's closer, but could serve as the closer next season, as Rodriguez is on just a one-year deal.

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Broxton was shaky for the second outing in a row Wednesday against the Cubs, giving up a run on three hits while allowing both of his inherited runners to score.

Broxton gave up rockets to the first two batters he faced before rallying to get out of the inning. But he was helped in large part by the Cubs' Starlin Castro failing to get to second base on a ball hit off the center field wall - Castro watched the ball nearly all the way up the first base line, thinking it had gone out. After that, Broxton subsequently got a strikeout and an all-important double play that wouldn't have been otherwise possible. So instead of a blown save, Broxton got his 21st hold of the season.

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Broxton earned a very shaky save Sunday against the Braves. He allowed a hit and two walks before finally recording the final out on a ground ball.

Broxton was pitching on his third consecutive day, which may explain why he was so wild. He was pressed into service with a three-run lead, two outs and a runner on-base because Aroldis Chapman was unavailable, having pitched extensively the two previous days.

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Jonathan Broxton earned his sixth save of the season Sunday in the Reds' defeat of the Brewers.

Broxton retired all three batters he faced in a perfect frame. Aroldis Chapman has pitched just once since June 28 and Sunday's opportunity was a big one against the first-place Brew Crew, so something may be wrong with the flame-throwing left-hander. Broxton is worth stashing right now in fantasy leagues just in case.

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Jonathan Broxton took his first blown save of the season Friday against the Rockies, but ended up with the win after Joey Votto homered.

The run Broxton gave up in the top of the ninth was the first he's allowed in nine innings this year, so he's still been a nice surprise for the Reds. He'll continue to close this weekend, but he should be bumped to a setup role once Aroldis Chapman comes off the DL and gets eased back into closing duties.

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Jonathan Broxton notched his fourth save in four chances Thursday with a scorless ninth against the Pirates.

Broxton still hasn't allowed a run in five innings since coming off the DL. He's now pitched on back-to-back days, so we doubt the Reds will want him going again on Friday. Unfortunately, the other quality option in the pen, Sam LeCure, has also worked the last two days, leaving things quite up in the air for Friday. LeCure is more likely than Broxton to pitch in three straight, but it's no sure thing.

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Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his third save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Pirates.

Broxton was in a bit of hot water, bringing the tying run to the plate with one out after giving up singles to Chris Stewart and Starling Marte. But Broxton was able to get Neil Walker to fly out and Andrew McCutchen to ground out to end the game. Broxton hasn't exactly been lights out, but has gotten the job done and will be asked to continue to do so until Aroldis Chapman is ready to return.

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Jonathan Broxton slammed the door on the Cubs in the ninth inning on Friday, preserving a three-run lead and earning his second save of the season.

Broxton walked one and struck out a pair in the outing. He's looked mighty impressive since returning from the disabled list and should be started in all mixed leagues until Aroldis Chapman returns from the disabled list.

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Jonathan Broxton worked a scoreless inning against the Rays in his 2014 debut on Friday.

Broxton came on in a non-save situation with the Reds trailing 2-0 in the ninth inning, and though he surrendered a two-out walk to Ben Zobrist, he escaped the inning unscathed and struck out a pair. Now that he has that first outing out of the way, he's expected to serve as the Reds closer until Aroldis Chapman returns.