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Royals "time-share" can work

Updated: April 12, 2013, 3:39 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

It's not terribly uncommon for a big league team to provide three different pitchers with enough save opportunities to reach double digits, even though it hasn't occurred since the 2005 Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves. The current Kansas City Royals have the opportunity to do precisely that, as their loaded bullpen features several hard-throwing right-handers, and while manager Ned Yost will likely settle on one man to handle ninth-inning duties and ultimately please fantasy owners, he really doesn't need to.

Fantasy owners can't stop asking about Greg Holland, Kelvin Herrera and even Aaron Crow in their never-ending, fanatical search for every last save, and I get it. I want to know, too. In the case of the Royals, I still think Holland, last year's closer, is Yost's first choice, but he's well aware how fortunate he is to have exceptional depth, and he's using it. While two teams enter Friday without any saves at all (New York Mets, Miami Marlins) and a third really awful team doesn't count since it was a starter throwing long relief for its save (Erik Bedard, Houston Astros), those three Royals each have recorded saves this week!

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