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Broxton values championship over closer's role

Broxton values championship over closer's role

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Even though the Reds decided on Friday to have Aroldis Chapman remain their closer, Jonathan Broxton feels no differently than he did before.

Had Chapman become the fifth starter, Broxton would have become the new closer. Now, he will remain the right-handed setup man.

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"It's still the same," Broxton said. "I've had my time closing. I just want to win a championship now. Whatever it takes to get to that level and win a championship, I'm going to do it."

The Reds acquired Broxton from the Royals on July 31 for two Minor League pitchers. He posted a 2.60 ERA and 27 saves in 60 games, including 4-for-4 in save chances for Cincinnati while filling in for Chapman. In November as a free agent, he was re-signed to a three-year, $21 million contract with the expectation he could step into the closer's role since he has 111 career saves.

Broxton, 28, was informed before signing his deal that Chapman could still remain in the closer's role even after the Reds explored converting him to a starter.

Now that the decision is done, Broxton felt nothing would be changed in preparing for the regular season.

"You still have to get three outs," Broxton said.

Broxton worked a scoreless seventh inning of Saturday's game against the Rangers, allowing two hits and recording two strikeouts. In his six appearances this spring, he has thrown six scoreless innings with one walk and 15 strikeouts.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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