The recruiting pitch included a Georgia hunting trip, one dead white-tail deer, and comedian Jeff Foxworthy. For Jonathan Broxton, a Georgia boy from tiny Waynesboro, an offseason day doesn't get much better.

But for Broxton, the Royals' newest setup man, the free-agent selling points were really more about his hunting partners and what they told him about Kansas City.

Royals manager Ned Yost joined the hunting party in LaGrange, Ga., and told Broxton about the family culture in the Royals organization. Right-fielder Jeff Francoeur came along and talked about the collection of young and hungry talent in the Royals' clubhouse.

"When I went hunting over there in LaGrange, there was about 10 or 12 teams involved," Broxton said. "And the Royals were very aggressive with me from day one. They were the first team to make me an offer. And I liked everything that came with it."