Jonathan Broxton Won't Be A Dodger In 2012

The Dodgers did not offer salary arbitration by Wednesday night's deadline to any of their seven free agents and will receive no compensation if they sign with another club. They are Casey Blake, Jonathan Broxton, Jon Garland, Hiroki Kuroda, Mike MacDougal, Aaron Miles and Vicente Padilla. Kuroda is the lone ranking player among them, a Type B.

The Dodgers want to re-sign Kuroda, but not not for the $12 million he made in 2011, so they had no interest in risking a similar arbitration salary in return for the compensation Draft pick. Free agents Rod Barajas and Jamey Carroll have already signed with Pittsburgh and Minnesota, respectively. Barajas is a Type B free agent.

The Dodgers have ruled out signing Jonathan Broxton, according to his agent, BB Abbott. "He will not be back in L.A.," Abbott said and added his client is close to moving on.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN speculated that the Rays, Marlins, Red Sox, Twins, Reds and Rockies but he quickly signed a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals.

Broxton was never the same after Joe Torre left him in to throw 48 pitches in an 8-6 loss to the Yankees on June 27, 2010 and 44 pitches in a 5-4 loss to St. Louis on July 18, 2010.

He went into the Yankee game with an 0.98 ERA and allowed four earned runs in one inning, boosting his ERA to 1.87. Five appearances later he took a 2.11 ERA into the game against the Cardinals, allowed two runs in 1.1 innings and three runs in .01 inning two days later against the Giants. He had a 2.01 earned run average before facing the Cardinals and a 6.65 ERA the rest of the season.

After going 7-2 with 36 saves and a 2.61 ERA in 2009, he regressed to 4-5, 4.40 with 22 saves and was battered inn 2011, posting a 5.68 earned run average and 12 saves before being shutdown with an arm injury and underwent a minor procedure in September to shave down a bone spur and remove loose bodies.

Close to Signing Pitcher
The Dodgers are reportedly close to a minor league contract with Venezuelan pitcher Wil Ledezma, though the deal is not yet complete. The Venezuelan newspaper El Universal reported the deal which includes an invitation to spring training.

Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports confirmed the transaction, though Morosi also noted a contract wasn't yet signed, just that it was in the works and that Ledezma "has told people he plans to join the Dodgers."

The left-handed Ledezma has pitched for seven teams in his nine-year career, most recently with Toronto in 2011. He pitched only five games in relief for the Blue Jays, putting up a 15.00 ERA in six innings. Ledezma spent most of his season in Triple-A Las Vegas, where he put up a 4.50 ERA in 36 games in relief in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, including 64 strikeouts in 48 innings. Ledezma, who turns 31 on January 21, was designated for assignment by Toronto on August 28.

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