Royals send Broxton to Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Reds made a bullpen- bolstering move on Tuesday by acquiring hard-throwing righty Jonathan Broxton from the Kansas City Royals.

The Reds sent minor league pitchers Donnie Joseph and J.C. Sulbaran to the Royals.

Broxton figures to slot in as either the seventh-or-eighth-inning reliever, teaming with lefty Sean Marshall to form a formidable bullpen trio with closer Aroldis Chapman.

The 28-year-old wasn't retained by the Dodgers, where he spent the first even years of his career, after compiling a 5.68 earned run average in 2011, but he has rebounded in a big way to become the Royals closer after Joakim Soria went down for the season.

In 35 games in 2012, Broxton has a 2.27 ERA and 23 saves in 35 2/3 innings.

For his career, which spans 421 games with Los Angeles and Kansas City over since 2005, Broxton is 26-22 with 107 saves and a 3.11 ERA.

Joseph, a third-round pick in 2009, was 4-1 with a 2.86 ERA in 18 relief appearances this year for Triple-A Louisville. Sulbaran, 22, racked up a 7-7 record with a 4.04 ERA in 19 starts for Double-A Pensacola.