— Bob Dutton (@Royals_Report) March 20, 2012
Crow, who had been an effective reliever for the Royals in 2011 (57 appearances, 2.76 ERA, 149 ERA+, 1.35 WHIP), had been expected to move to Kansas City’s rotation in 2012, but it very well could be that he’ll step in to the closing role. The Royals do have someone in camp and on their 40-man roster with significant closing experience, but:
One scout in Ariz doesn’t see Broxton as effective Soria replacement: “Not close to what he was..more of a middle-relief guy for me” #royals
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) March 20, 2012
Jonathan Broxton has made just two spring training appearances covering two innings, both scoreless. He’s coming off elbow surgery himself (bone chips), but is just 27. If he can recover his previous level of performance with the Dodgers, the Royals could have a very good replacement for Soria.