With an eye toward bolstering their rotation, the Cincinnati Reds are discussing a three-year contract with free agent reliever Jonathan Broxton, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported.
If Broxton re-signs with the Reds, he could take over as the closer. That would free up left-hander Aroldis Chapman to move from the closer role into a starting role.
Broxton, 28, began last season as the Kansas City Royals' closer, then was traded to Cincinnati on July 31 for two minor-leaguers. With the Reds, he mostly served as a setup man.
In 35 appearances for Kansas City this year, Broxton went 1-2 with 23 saves in 27 chances and a 2.27 ERA. He pitched 25 times for the Reds, going 3-3 with four saves and a 2.82 ERA.
Broxton spent seven seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, twice making the National League All-Star team, before signing a one-year deal with the Royals last winter.
Chapman, 24, is one of the most unhittable lefties in the majors, and he emerged as an intimidating closer this year. He went 38-for-43 on save opportunities while posting a 5-5 record and a 1.51 ERA. Chapman struck out 122 and walked just 23 in 71 2/3 innings.
The Reds figure Chapman's blazing fastball would be just as effective in a starting role, though all 137 of Chapman's major league appearances have come in relief.