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Jonathan Broxton is the Reds’ choice to replace Aroldis Chapman

Division Series - Cincinnati Reds v San Francisco Giants - Game One

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 06: Jonathan Broxton #50 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game One of the National League Division Series at AT&T Park on October 6, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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For now the Reds are going with closer-by-committee in Aroldis Chapman’s absence, but manager Bryan Price said yesterday that Jonathan Broxton will take over ninth-inning duties once the big right-hander returns from the disabled list in a week or so.

Broxton was mediocre in 34 appearances for the Reds last season and then underwent elbow surgery in August that he’s still coming back from, so putting him right into the closer role is a bold call for Pryce.

Of course, the Reds overpaid to sign Broxton last offseason, giving him $21 million for three years, and Pryce no doubt values his previous closing experience with the Dodgers and Royals. Broxton has 111 career saves, including 36 in 2009 and 27 in 2012.

Chapman is hoping to return from facial fractures in late May.

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