Who will fill out the bullpen?
MESA, Ariz. -- A strength of the club in 2020, the Royals bullpen returns the core of its relievers this season, specifically the high-leverage relievers in Scott Barlow, Jesse Hahn, Greg Holland and Josh Staumont. Barring injury, they figure to appear in the later innings and close games, and manager Mike Matheny could find a traditional closer to rely on as the season progresses and roles become more defined.
The Royals have a deep well of arms that could fill out that bullpen come the regular season and even more arms at the alternate training site before the Minor League season begins. Spring Training has been about finding the right mix, factoring in versatility and different looks that Kansas City could have. Some decisions have already been made -- the Royals optioned right-hander Tyler Zuber to Triple-A on Tuesday. Zuber debuted last year and flashed potential, but he struggled with walks and attacking hitters in the zone.