Cactus League Countdown: Milwaukee Brewers
FEB 18, 1:15p ET | Chris Gabel
Rotowire: Feb 26 / 7:37a ET
News: Broxton is now in line to serve as a setup man for the Brewers following the team's signing of Francisco Rodriguez on Thursday, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.
Impact: Broxton was previously the favorite to open the season as the Brewers' closer, but Rodriguez's addition to the roster pushes him down the pecking order a rung or two. Broxton and Will Smith figure to share the setup duties for the Brewers, but Broxton is likely next in line to close if Rodriguez struggles or suffers an injury.
Rotowire: Dec 9 / 11:30a ET
News: Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Monday that as the roster stands right now, Broxton is the team's closer.
Impact: The expectation is that the Brewers will add a lefty to the bullpen to replace the departed Zach Duke, but Broxton is penciled in as the replacement for Francisco Rodriguez. In limited opportunities with the Brewers after he was acquired in August, Broxton had a 10.5 K/9 and 1.7 BB/9 over 10.1 innings, while his past experience as a closer has seemingly placed him ahead of the likes of Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress on the depth chart. Roenicke mentioned Smith and Jeffress as options to pick up the occasional save when Broxton is unavailable. Of course, there are plenty of moving parts, including the potential return of Jim Henderson and Tyler Thornburg, the possibility of a trade, or the decision to use Jimmy Nelson out of the bullpen if the team's current stable of starting pitchers remain on the roster (and healthy) through spring training.