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Who's the new closer?

Once the Royals trade Dotel, who should the Royals install as closer?

To me it's obvious, but I suspect there are varied opinions on this one.  I say Greinke.

My rationale:  He wants to be in the bullpen.  He likes it.  He has the stuff.  The other obvious choice is Soria, but he sees himself as a starter and my guess is that he'll be competing for that role next year in spring training.  So for the balance of the year, you may as well give it to Greinke and see how he does, see if it's a long-term solution.  If he thrives then we know what he is and he knows what he is and we can forget about our closer for the next five years.  If they go with Soria, that means that both Soria and Greinke are changing roles mid-season (i'd guess that Greinke would inherit Soria's set-up role) and the closer is a question mark this off season.

I know that conventional wisdom is that starting pitchers are more valuable than closers, but as Papelbon has shown, sometimes it makes sense to turn a potential stud starter into a stud closer, and if you're able to satisfy a guy with an historically fragile psyche, all the better.

Greinke's the guy.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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