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Uncertain role not affecting Broxton's preparation


GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- As the execution behind Aroldis Chapman's move from closer to Reds starting pitcher remains shrouded in secrecy, so too is the exact role of reliever Jonathan Broxton.

A free agent this winter, Broxton was re-signed to a three-year, $21 million contract with the notion he would replace Chapman. His compensation is certainly closer's money, but it doesn't guarantee he will be the new closer in 2013 if the Reds ultimately decide to keep Chapman in the bullpen.

"I don't know where I'm at yet. Dusty [Baker] hasn't really said," Broxton said. "They don't really know yet what's going on. They're going to try and start Chappy, but you never know."

Broxton, 28, had a 2.48 ERA and 27 saves in 60 appearances for the Reds and Royals last season. He has 111 saves over his eight-year career. Currently having his role written in pencil, rather than pen, during camp will not affect how the big right-hander prepares for the season.

"You just have to get your work in and have a feel for all of your pitches," Broxton said. "I've never seen anybody get paid for spring or the ERA on the back of a baseball card for spring."

Broxton has been looking forward to attending his first Spring Training with the Reds. He was a Trade Deadline acquisition from the Royals on July 31.

"I had a lot of fun last year when I got traded over here," Broxton said. "We had 2 1/2 months together. Now I will hopefully get the whole year. I think a lot of guys are ready to go. They're ready to work hard. We didn't like what happened at the end last year. Everybody has that little edge to them. We're getting after it this spring."

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