I asked our friend Jason over at MLBDepthCharts if he thought the Dodgers had any one in the farm system to replace Broxton. Here is his response:
KeithyP said... May 4, 2011 5:17 AM
Who do the Dodgers have in the farm system to replace Broxton? Padilla is DEF not the answer
Jason - MLBDepthCharts.com said... May 4, 2011 7:59 AM
No one who is going to close right away unless Kenley Jansen can turn things around. If he would have pitched like he did when he came up last year, I think the job would be his already. Instead, he's back in the minors. Rubby De La Rosa could help their 'pen later in the season but probably not as the closer. I like Kuo to take the closer's job in the near future.
It seems as if Jonathan Broxton will not be closing games for the MLB owned
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly might have indicated something, as well, when he came out to get Broxton following back-to-back, one-out walks in that fateful ninth inning -- the second of which saw him throwing pitches that were nowhere near the strike zone -- sarcastic cheers serenading Mattingly all the way to the mound and Broxton all the way to the dugout. - ESPN Los AngelesIn 12.2 innings this season, the 6'4 300 pounder has allowed 15 hits and walked 9 batters. Add that up, that's 24 base runners in less than 13 innings! Broxton is looking more like Todd Coffey these days with a fastball in the upper 80's lower 90's.
Upcoming save opportunities could soon belong to Vincente Padilla
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