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2012 MLB Free Agents: Jonathan Broxton Not Coming Back To Dodgers

According to a Los Angeles Times blog by Dylan Hernandez, pitcher Jonathan Broxton's agent BB Abbott has ruled out the possibility of his client re-signing with the club.

Broxton was previously open to re-signing but the talks didn't go anywhere.

A fatigued Broxton struggled in the last half of the 2010 season, but entered 2011 as the Dodgers closer. He saved seven games in eight chances, but it wasn't pretty, as Broxton had a 5.68 ERA in 14 games. Broxton was placed on the disabled list on May 3 with a bone spur in his right elbow, and he didn't throw another pitch all season.

Broxton underwent arthroscopic surgery, performed by Dodgers team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache, to remove the bone spur and loose bodies in his elbow on September 19. Broxton is expected to be ready for spring training in 2012.

Broxton made $7 million in 2011 in the final season of a two-year contract that covered his final two years of arbitration eligibility. In his seven-year career, Broxton has a 3.19 ERA, 84 saves, and a 3.19 ERA in 392 innings. At 11.55 strikeouts per nine innings, Broxton has the highest strikeout rate in Dodgers history among pitchers with at least 200 innings.

According to a tweet by NY Post columnist Joel Sherman, Broxton could be headed to the south near his Georgia home.