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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.

We have seen a lot of movement in the closer ranks over the last week with trades as the Nationals, Athletics, Yankees and White Sox have all made moves. This won’t be the last of it either, so come back to view the updates.

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 BradleyJorge De La RosaRodney has regained a firm hold on the closer role, but Bradley will be ready to take over should he falter again.
Atlanta BravesStrongJim JohnsonArodys VizcainoJose Ramirez Johnson has been very steady for the Braves. He might be a trade candidate at the deadline.
Baltimore OriolesStrongZach Britton Brad BrachDarren O'DayAll three relievers are reportedly on the trade block, so owners need to keep a close eye on this situation.
Boston Red SoxStrongCraig KimbrelMatt BarnesHeath HembreeKimbrel is chugging along like we all expect him to.
Chicago CubsStrongWade DavisKoji UeharaCarl Edwards Jr.The more experienced Uehara has moved ahead of Edwards Jr. for control of the eighth.
Cincinnati RedsStrongRaisel IglesiasMichael LorenzenTony CingraniIglesias has been excellent and has pulled far ahead of Lorenzen and Storen.
Cleveland IndiansStrongCody Allen Andrew MillerBryan ShawAllen has been racking up saves and strikeouts at an elite rate. He's also curbed the walk problem he had last season.
Colorado RockiesStrongGreg HollandAdam OttavinoJake McGeeHolland has almost as many saves as he Phillies have wins.
Chicago White Sox ShakyTyler ClippardAnthony SwarzakDan JenningsAcquired in the Yankees trade, Clippard will get first crack at the ninth. Swarzak has been much better and should take over soon.
Detroit TigersMediumJustin WilsonBruce RondonShane GreeneWIlson has done a good job of locking down the job.
Houston AstrosStrongKen GilesWill HarrisLuke Gregerson Giles has struggled in his last few appearances but there's nothing to worry about yet.
Kansas City Royals StrongKelvin HerreraJoakim SoriaMike MinorHerrera has been awful all year and he's not receiving many save chances with a disappointing Royals team. Getting traded to a contender is very likely.
Los Angeles AngelsShakyBud NorrisCam BedrosianBlake Parker
Jose Alvarez
Norris is back and should take over the closer role again, but there are plenty of other options now.
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 MarlinsStrong A.J. Ramos David PhelpsKyle BarracloughBarraclough could be a much better contributor to the bullpen if his walk rate would improve a little bit.
Milwaukee BrewersStrongCorey Knebel Jacob Barnes Carlos TorresEvil Knebel has been absolutely dominant as a closer. Also, I really hope his name is pronounced the way I'm using it for his nickname.
Minnesota TwinsStrongBrandon Kintzler Taylor RogersTyler DuffyKintzler has been good so far this season and there is no reason to remove him from his role.
New York MetsStrongAddison ReedJerry BlevinsFernando Salas
Jeurys Familia (DL)
The Mets expect Familia back for the beginning of August.
New York YankeesStrongAroldis ChapmanDavid RobertsonDellin BetancesWith their massive trade, the Yankees one again have the best bullpen in baseball.
Oakland AthleticsShakySantiago CasillaBlake TreinenLiam HendriksCasilla is all alone in the ninth with Doolittle and Madson gone.
Philadelphia PhilliesShakyHector NerisPat Neshek Jeanmar GomezEarlier in the week it was thought that Neshek was going to be the closer. However he was just recently used in the eighth, while Neris picked up the save.
Pittsburgh PiratesMediumFelipe RiveroJuan NicasioDaniel HudsonTony Watson has been all kinds of awful, so Nicasio and Rivero will share the ninth. RIvero has earned the first couple save chances.
San Diego PadresShakyBrandon MaurerBrad HandRyan BuchterMaurer has earned back the ninth but his leash has been reduced.
Seattle MarinersStrongEdwin DiazNick VincentSteve CishekDiaz returned to the ninth and earned his first save since his short demotion
San Francisco GIantsMediumSam DysonHunter StricklandGeorge KontosMelancon has been placed on the DL. Sam Dyson will replace him in the ninth. Not sure why, however.
St. Louis CardinalsShakyTrevor RosenthalSeung Hwan OhBrett CecilOh has been on shaky ground and Rosenthal is at the head of the committee for now.
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 was thought to be the closer, but now he is on the DL. In moves a committee, probably led by Leclerc
Toronto Blue Jays StrongRoberto OsunaRyan TeperaDanny BarnesJason Grilli has been DFA'd.
Washington NationalsMediumSean DoolittleRyan MadsonMatt Albers
Koda Glover (DL)
Doolittle and Madson will continue their battle for the ninth in Washington.

 

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