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).