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Two weeks after Joakim Soria’s surgery the Royals still haven’t named a closer

Apr 2, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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Royals manager Ned Yost declined to name a fill-in closer after news that Joakim Soria would miss the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery and two weeks later he’s still yet to identify the ninth-inning replacement.

It’ll either be former Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton or second-year setup man Greg Holland, but according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star the manager “sees no reason to designate a closer.”

Yost stressed that he “has time to think it through” and indicated that he may chose to begin the season without “defined” roles for everyone, which would have been viewed as a perfectly reasonable stance for a manager a couple decades ago before bullpens revolved around the save statistic. These days very few managers actually stick with a closer-by-committee approach for very long, as any failures lead to huge amounts of criticism.

However, with Broxton and Holland–along with Aaron Crow–Yost is certainly in position to make a committee approach work if he’s willing to take some heat from fans and media members (and fantasy baseball players).

  1. The Baseball Idiot - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Why is it that we kill so many electrons talking about how saves are meaningless, then kill even more worrying about who gets them?

  2. manute - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    In a word: fantasy.

    • foreverchipper10 - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      Exactly. I have Holland on one of my teams which should indicate that Broxton will be named the closer.

  3. - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    I love it when real coaches & GM’s do stuff to drive the the fantasy world crazy.

    I think either of these guys can handle the closers role, and apperantly so does Ned. It’s a strange problem for Royals fans. A stud goes down, and you have not only one, but TWO decent options to replace them.

    However, I would like to see the role more defined half way through April. Just so people will quit talking about it.

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