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Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart

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Relief pitcher is always the most volatile position in Fantasy Baseball. Injuries, ineffectiveness and deadline trades mean plenty of movement and fluidity at the position.

Lots of trades at the deadline and even more closers losing their job since have made the Closer Chart very busy.

Throughout the season this chart will list the closer, set-up man as well as relative job security for every team.  Now onto the save chase.

Job security legend:

  • Strong: Closer is in no danger of losing his job. Would need a string of bad performances to be in question.
  • Medium: Pitcher is firmly established as the closer, but the job could come into question with a couple bad performances or the emergence of someone behind him.
  • Shaky: The situation is unclear. The bullpen could be a committee or the closer at the top of the chart is in danger of losing his job with one or two poor outings.

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Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart


TeamStabilityCurrent CloserNext UpOther HandcuffsNotes
Arizona DiamondbacksStrongFernando RodneyArchie BradleyJake BarrettRodney has regained a firm hold on the closer role, but Bradley will be ready to take over should he falter again.
Atlanta BravesMediumArodys VizcainoJim JohnsonJose Ramirez Had the Braves gotten a save chance on Sunday, Vizcaino would have gotten the call.
Baltimore OriolesStrongZach Britton Brad BrachMychal GivensBritton has looked sharp since his return to the DL.
Boston Red SoxStrongCraig KimbrelAddison ReedMatt BarnesTrading for Reed really shores up the Sox bullpen.
Chicago CubsStrongWade DavisJustin WilsonKoji UeharaThe newly acquired Wilson will be the set up man for Wade Davis.
Cincinnati RedsStrongRaisel IglesiasMichael LorenzenTony CingraniIglesias has been excellent and has pulled far ahead of Lorenzen and Storen.
Cleveland IndiansStrongCody Allen Joe SmithBryan Shaw
Andrew Miller (DL)
Allen has been racking up saves and strikeouts at an elite rate. He's also curbed the walk problem he had last season.
Colorado RockiesShakyJake McGeePat NeshekGreg HollandHolland has been removed from the ninth in the midst of an awful August. The Rockies will use a committee moving forward.
Chicago White Sox ShakyJuan MinayaJake PetrickaAaron Bummer Minaya will take over the White Sox bare bones bullpen.
Detroit TigersMediumShane GreeneBruce RondonAlex WilsonShane Greene is filling in nicely for the departed Justin Wilson
Houston AstrosStrongKen GilesWill HarrisLuke Gregerson Giles remains the ninth inning man for the Astros.
Kansas City Royals StrongKelvin HerreraBrandon MaurerJoakim SoriaThe acquisition of Maurer has pushed Mike Minor out of the seventh inning.
Los Angeles AngelsShakyBlake ParkerCam BedrosianKeynan Middleton
Bud Norris
Looks like Blake Parker will be the head of the Angels committee moving forward.
Los Angeles DodgersStrongKenley JansenPedro BaezBrandon MorrowJansen walked his first batter of the season a couple weeks ago. He holds an ERA and WHIP under 1.00.
Miami MarlinsShakyBrad Ziegler Junichi TazawaDrew SteckrenriderWith Ramos being shipped to New York, Ziegler will take over the ninth.
Milwaukee BrewersStrongCorey Knebel Jacob Barnes Anthony SwarzakThe Brewers acquired Swarzak to shore up the seventh inning.
Minnesota TwinsMediumMatt Belisle Trevor HildenburgerTaylor RogersVeteran Matt Belisle is currently the front runner in Minnesota.
New York MetsStrongA.J. RamosJerry BlevinsFernando SalasThe Mets will use newly acquired Ramos as closer, now that Reed has been shipped to Boston.
New York YankeesStrongAroldis ChapmanDellin BetancesDavid RobertsonChapman has struggled lately and is throwing side sessions instead of closing. He has not landed on the DL yet, but he still may. Betances is getting first crack at the job while he is out.
Oakland AthleticsMediumBlake TreinenSantiago CasillaRyan DullTreinen has established himself as the lone closer in Oakland.
Philadelphia PhilliesStrongHector NerisLuis GarciaJeanmar GomezNeris will has unquestioned control of the ninth with Neshek and Benoit being shipped out.
Pittsburgh PiratesStrongFelipe RiveroJuan NicasioDaniel HudsonWith Watson traded to the Dodgers, Hudson will see the late innings once again.
San Diego PadresStrongBrad HandPhil MatonKirby YatesBrandon Mauer and Ryan Buchter were traded to the Royals, so Brad Hand will be the closer.
Seattle MarinersStrongEdwin DiazNick VincentSteve CishekDiaz returned to the ninth and earned his first save since his short demotion
San Francisco GIantsMediumSam DysonHunter StricklandMark MelanconBruce Bochy has said that Melancon will pitch in lower leverage situations before putting him back in the ninth.
St. Louis CardinalsShakySeung Hwan OhBrett CecilJohn Brebbia
Trevor Rosenthal (DL)
Rosenthal lands on the DL and opens the door back up for Oh to take the role. No guarantee he runs away with it though.
Tampa Bay RaysStrongAlex ColomeBrad BoxbergerTommy HunterColome has been one of the safest closer options for owners all season long.
Texas RangersShakyAlex ClaudioJose LeclercMatt Bush
Keone Kela (DL)
Kela is back on the DL and this leaves Claudio and Leclerc to fight it out for save chances.
Toronto Blue Jays StrongRoberto OsunaRyan TeperaJoe BiaginiBiagini is back in the late inning mix after Joe Smith was traded.
Washington NationalsMediumSean DoolittleBrandon KintzlerMatt Albers
Ryan Madson (DL)
Kintzler will get some opportunities from Dusty Baker as he tries to reach the 30 save mark. Doolittle will still receive the majority of the chances.

 

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Winning fantasy leagues since 2004. Losing them for much longer. Follow Jonathan on twitter @jchan_811 and he'll be ready for all your questions!

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