Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart 2/22/24 update: The Red Sox sign Liam Hendriks to a two-year deal. The Rockies placed Daniel Bard on the IL.
Be sure to check out all the new info below and adjust your lineups/rosters accordingly!
As witnessed year-in and year-out, Relief Pitcher exemplifies the term "volatility" more than any other position in baseball. Injuries, repeated blown saves/ineffective outings, and deadline trades are just a few reasons for player movement at the position.
The Closer role is an even more-fluid position due to the influx of "Closer Committees" present throughout the league. Numerous MLB teams have adopted this philosophy, allowing for more flexibility in deploying their best pitchers during the later innings.
Last season we altered the Job Security Legend in an effort to stay true to our site's namesake. This year, we are keeping a similar format, but we have updated the BAC Levels slightly. Here is the breakdown of updated levels of confidence from high to low:
- Sober: Who got the keys to the Jeep? This guy does, and he is the clear Designated Driver of his team's ninth-inning duties.
- Buzzed: This player has a clear case of the hiccups, but he's still the best choice for late-night excitement.
- Hammered: Sloppy and stumbling are continually used to describe this player's performance. His seat at the center field bar is ripe for the taking.
- Drunk Tank: Our new Closer Committee classification (noted with an *) for teams with two-plus relievers trying to seal the deal.
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Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart
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|The Os signed Craig Kimbrel to a one year contract to be the primary closer until hopefully Fliex Bautista returns towards the end of the season.
|Boston signed Liam Hendrixs to a two-year deal. He is stilling recovering from TJ, and won't likely pitch til the end of this 2024. There's a good chance we won't see Hendriks as the Red Sox's closer until 2025.
|The Yankees acquired Caleb Ferguson from the Dodgers via trade. We will have to wait to see how Spring Training goes before adding Ferguson to the chart.
|Based on the Rays’ usage of Pete Fairbanks he is the going to be the main guy, but the biggest question is are the Rays going to take the traditional approach to closing or revert back to their committee ways.
|Jordan Romano has been one of the most consistent closers over the past two years, recording 36 saves each year. So no real shakeup in Toronto’s bullpen this year, but Genesis Cabera is a name to watch for fantasy managers to store for later because he could fight his way into a setup role for Romano.
|The White Sox traded Gregory Santos to the Mariners. With Santos gone, it’s down to the veterans Brebbia and Hill to lead Chicago’s committee. Lambert should get some attempts as well, but drafters might want to look elsewhere when looking for saves.
|The Guardians signed Scott Barlow to a one year deal. Clase is going to be the closer, but Barlow should be a solid eighth-inning setup man, or a great fill-in if Clase gets injured during the season.
|Lange had some issues with control last season, but not enough to where his job as the closer was in real danger. Unlike some other younger arms in the closing role, Lange has some decent competition this year with the Tigers bringing Andrew Chafin in on a one-year deal. If Lange shows that he is progressing in his control and keeps the walks down, he’ll be a safe bet, but needs to see some progression first.
|After purging the bullpen at the trade deadline last season, The Royals were active in acquiring quite a few veteran bullpen arms. They signed Will Smith and Chris Stratton to deals and traded for Nick Anderson this offseason. As of right now, Smith is the lead candidate to lead the Royals committee.
|Jhoan Duran was a beast last season, recording 27 saves while posting a 2.45 ERA. Plus, Duran was a strikeout machine as well racking up 84 strikeouts. Duran is in a great position to build on his breakout to become a fantasy star.
|The Astros signed Josh Hader to a five-year deal. All reports from the Astros right now that Hader will be the closer and Ryan Pressly will return to being a setup man again.
|The Angels signed Robert Stephenson to a three-year deal to co-close with Estevez. Stephenson took a huge step in his progression during his time with the Rays, if he can continue that progression, he could take over the job completely from Estevez in no time.
|Oakland’s closer job is up for anyone to grab. They have two young arms in Miller and Ecreg who could snag it and will most likely get the first opportunities to prove themselves. But Oakland has a few veterans who could put some pressure on the young arms like Dany Jimenez, Trevor Gott, and Sean Newcomb. Miller is the only arm worth drafting out of the As’ bullpen.
|Munoz looked great as the Mariners’ closer after they traded Paul Sewlad to Arizona. Munoz will now be the Mariners closer starting the season and he has some much potential to be a breakout star in 2024. The Mariners traded for Gregory Santos and will have him become one of the setup roles for Munoz.
|The Rangers signed David Robertson and Kirby Yates this offseason. It’s looking like the Rangers will start the season as a committee with their recent acquisitions, but Leclerc is still the leading option among the options.
|The Braves signed Reynaldo Lopez to a three-year deal. The Braves have indicated that they want Lopez in the starting rotation, but until Spring Training starts, Lopez will be Iglesias' second setup man.
|The Marlins had a few different options they tested out last season with their committee approach, and Tanner Scott emerged as their best option at closing (Don’t know why it took so long for them to go to the pitcher who had 20 saves for them in 2022.). So, Scott will be the main closer going forward into the 2024 season.
|The Mets say that Edwin Diaz’s knee injury appears to be healed, and will be ready for Opening Day. The Mets hinted that Diaz will be limited in Spring Training, but they believe Daiz is back and better than ever.
|The Phillies had so much depth and talent in their bullpen last season that it almost seemed like a guarantee that they would’ve taken the committee approach to closing. Well, that wasn’t the case once Alvarado showed he could handle closing duties solo, Philadelphia scrapped the committee approach. The Phillies seem very committed to Alvarado to be their primary arm in the 9th inning, that he will be an interesting sleeper pick in drafts this season.
|Finnegan handled most of the closing duties for the Nationals last season, but that might not be the case in 2024 because Tanner Rainey is returning from injury and Harvey is still sticking around to be a thorn in the side. So the Nationals will start the season as a committee, but maybe the situation will be more clear in Spring Training.
|The Cubs signed Hector Neris to a one-year deal. Neris will be the setup man for Alzolay and most likely will only have value if Alzolay gets injured.
|Diaz was sensational last season with 37 saves and that was even with a slight dip in his fast velocity in his fastball. If he regains his velocity from 2022, Diaz is a no-brainer on draft day.
|Devin Williams had a fantastic season in his first full season as closer, racking up 36 saves and a fantastic 13.3 K/9 rate. There is no threat from anyone else in the Brewers bullpen to take away from Williams workload, so fantasy managers should expect another great season from Williams.
|The Pirates signed Aroldis Chapman, who will become the lead setup man for Bednar for this
|Injuries disrupted Helsley from breaking out in 2023, but hopefully, he can stay healthy for a full season and finally crack 25 saves in 2024
|Paul Sewlad had tremendous last season with the Diamondbacks and now gets to continue that success with the entire 2024 season as Arizona’s closer.
|Daniel Bard will start the season on the IL due to a torn meniscus in his knee.
|The Dodgers traded Caleb Furguson to the Yankees, which will move the crafty veteran Joe Kelly up the Dodgers’ chart.
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|With Hader gone, the hard-throwing Robert Suarez will take over as the closer for the Padres, but they did sign Matsui to a five-year deal, so San Diego could be taking the committee approach at some point this season. Hopefully, Spring Training will provide more clarity to this bullpen.
|The Giants haven’t made any changes to their bullpen from last season. Doval will lead the group as the closer and his setup man will be the Rogers brothers again. Maybe Luke Jackson makes his way up the chart in Spring Training, but is mostly Status quo for San Francisco.