A second Tommy John surgery is likely looming for Joakim Soria.. It was just a week ago when a MRI revealed a lateral meniscus tear in Salvador Perez's knee. Two big blows for the organization to endure in a week's time.
Ned Yost suggests a possible closer by committee to start the season. Holland should be the leading candidate to get saves with his performance in 2011. 60 IP 74K with a 1.80 ERA. A 2.21 FIP and 2.67 XFIP with 11 K/9. His skills definitely are up to par to get the first opportunity to close. His control and ground ball percentage improved in the second half of the season as well.
Kelvin Herrera is a dark horse to collect a some saves by season's end. And should definitely be in line for the job when entering spring training in 2013. He consistently sits at 95-98 with his fastball and has touched 100 + on the radar gun. He has a solid, plus curveball. He's shown flashes of a plus changeup, but may not have much need for it now that he's a permanent mainstay in the bullpen. It would have been interesting to see what he could have done as a starter, but scouts believe that his career will be prolonged as a reliever. There is concerns about his long term durability due to his delivery.
A deep bullpen is a nice luxury to have. It will be interesting to see what decisions will be made with the staff coming out of spring training as well as the closer job!