Joakim Soria might end up on the permanent DL this year after finding a elbow tear. Not sure if he’ll even be ready by 2013 if he has to have Tommy John surgery.
The Royals will probably start Jonathan Broxton as the closer. Greg Holland could be the best long-term match as he has posted some pretty gaudy numbers as a reliver with a 1.80 ERA and 74 strikeouts in just 60 innings last year.
UPDATE 5:30pm March 28th 2012
I guess Broxton is most likely the starter, based on this source:
Drew Dinkmeyer (@DrewDinkmeyer) March 28, 2012