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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.

Closer is an even more perilous position now that many teams are moving towards committees. Most teams do this to use their best reliever in a number of different situations. With the change in bullpen philosophy, there may be fewer “elite” closers in the coming years. So far this season, things have stabilized and clear closers have been named, making things pretty easy for owners.

Whether you paid for saves or plan to scour the wire, it’s a good idea to keep up on bullpen changes throughout the year. This chart will list the closer, set-up man as well as relative job security for every team.

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 DiamondbacksStrongBrad BoxbergerArchie BradleyYoshihiso HiranoThe back end of the D'Backs bullpen has been great, with Boxberger having a bounce back season.
Atlanta BravesShakyArodys VizcainoA.J. MinterDan Winkler Vizcaino is back, so Minter and Winkler return to their set-up roles.
Baltimore OriolesMediumZach BrittonBrad Brach
Mychal Givens
Darren O'Day (DL)
Richard Bleier (DL)
Britton is going to be the guy going forward until he is traded.
Boston Red SoxStrongCraig KimbrelJoe KellyMatt BarnesKimbrel just became the youngest closer to ever record 300 carer saves.
Chicago CubsMediumBrandon MorrowPedro StropCarl Edwards Jr. Brandon Morrow has returned and will step right back into the role of closer.
Cincinnati RedsStrongRaisel IglesiasJared HughesAmir GarrettSteady as she goes for Iglesias.
Cleveland IndiansStrongCody Allen Neil RamirezOliver Perez
Andrew Miller (DL)
Allen became Cleveland's all-time save leader last week.
Colorado RockiesMediumWade DavisAdam OttavinoJake McGee
After some June struggles, Davis has rattled off three scoreless appearances in July.
Chicago White Sox ShakyJoakim Soria Jace FryBruce Rondon
Nate Jones(DL)
With Nate Jones headed to the DL this job is no doubt Soria's now.
Detroit TigersStrongJoe JimenezAlex WilsonLouis Coleman
Shane Greene (DL)
Greene has been placed on the DL with a shoulder injury, so Jimenez will be the interim closer.
Houston AstrosShakyHector Rondon Ken GilesChris DevinskiHector Rondon has pitched well and is at the head of the committee in Houston.
Kansas City Royals ShakyWily PeraltaKevin McCarthyBrandon MaurerWily Peralta heads up the makeshift committee in KC.
Los Angeles AngelsShakyBlake Parker
Justin AndersonCam BedrosianBlake Parker has made a come-back and is at the head of the committee.
Los Angeles DodgersStrongKenley JansenErik GoeddelScott Alexander Jansen is looking like himself more every time he goes out there. Not expecting a change anytime soon.
Miami MarlinsMediumKyle BarracloughDrew SteckrenriderAdam ConleyIt took Ziegler way too long to be removed from the ninth, but now Kyle Barraclough is a solid saves option.
Milwaukee BrewersStrongCorey KnebelJosh HaderJeremy Jeffress
Knebel is firmly in the closer role and this bullpen is looking like one of the best in baseball.
Minnesota TwinsShakyFernando RodneyTrevor Hildenberger Addison ReedRodney hasn't given up the job yet, so the arrows will continue to fly.
New York MetsStrongJeurys Familia Anthony SwarzakRobert GsellmanSwarzak has taken over the eighth and will be a good option if anything were to happen to Familia.
New York YankeesStrongAroldis ChapmanDellin BetancesDavid RobertsonChapman has been the very effective this season, despite slightly lower velocity than we're used to seeing from him.
Oakland AthleticsMediumBlake TreinenLou TrivinoRyan BuchterTreinen has been very steady all season.
Philadelphia PhilliesShakySeranthony DominguezEdubray RamosVictor AranoVictor Arano has gotten the last two save chances, and this is looking like a full-blown committee.
Pittsburgh PiratesStrongFelipe VazquezMichael FelizRichard Rodriguez Vazquez has calmed down, but it still feels like he could blow up every time he goes out there.
San Diego PadresStrongBrad HandKirby YatesCraig StammenThere are never any updates for these guys. I guess it'll stay like this until hand gets traded.
Seattle MarinersStrongEdwin DiazAlex ColomeJames PazosDiaz has 34 saves before the All-Star break. He's ridiculous.
San Francisco GiantsShakyWill SmithTony WatsonSam DysonWill Smith leads the committee thanks to Dyson's struggles.
St. Louis CardinalsMediumBud NorrisJordan HicksSam TuivailalaGreg Holland was placed on the DL, putting a temporary halt on his disappointing season.
Tampa Bay RaysShakySergio RomoJose AlvaradoChaz RoeIt appears that Romo is the guy when he is not starting. However both him and Alvarado are going see chances.
Texas RangersStrongKeone KelaJake DiekmanJose LeclercMartin has gone back on the DL for a strained groin.
Toronto Blue Jays ShakySeung Hwan OhTyler Clippard John Axford
Roberto Osuna (Arrest)
The Final Boss has made his way into the ninth.
Washington NationalsStrongSean DoolittleKelvin HerreraRyan MadsonKelvin Herrera will not close for the Nats, but should become the immediate set up guy for a dominate Doolittle

 

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