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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 BradleyBrad ZieglerThe D'Backs acquired Brad Ziegler to bolster their struggling bullpen.
Atlanta BravesShakyA.J. MinterBrad Brach
Dan Winkler
Arodys Vizcaino (DL)
The trade for Brach makes this an even shakier situation than before. We are leaving Minter in the drivers seat for now.
Baltimore OriolesShakyMychal GivensPaul Fry
Michael Wright Jr.
Britton and Brach gone as many predicted leaves Givens as the man for now... we guess.
Boston Red SoxStrongCraig KimbrelMatt BarnesHeath HembreeKimbrel just became the youngest closer to ever record 300 carer saves.
Chicago CubsMediumPedro StropBrandon Kintzler
Carl Edwards Jr.
Brandon Morrow(DL)
Brandon Morrow is on the DL with a biceps injury. Strop is the man while he is out.
Cincinnati RedsStrongRaisel IglesiasJared HughesDavid HernandezSteady as she goes for Iglesias.
Cleveland IndiansShakyBrad HandCody AllenAndrew Miller
This is officially a committee with it even looking like Hand will take over. He has gotten the majority of the saves since his arrival.
Colorado RockiesStrongWade DavisAdam OttavinoSeung-Hwan Oh

Despite an ERA north of four, Davis still has 28 saves on the year and is not going anywhere anytime soon.
Chicago White Sox ShakyXavier CedenoThyago VieiraJuan Minaya
Nate Jones(DL)
The Jace Fry experiment failed so we are on full committee mode with any one of these guys getting the chance.
Detroit TigersStrongShane GreeneJoe JimenezAlex Wilson
Greene is back and Jimenez moves back to the eighth.
Houston AstrosShakyHector Rondon Roberto OsunaCollin McHughOsuna makes his return, so we'll put him second for how. We expect him to take over as closer if he pitches well.
Kansas City Royals ShakyWily PeraltaKevin McCarthyBrandon MaurerWily Peralta heads up the makeshift committee in KC.
Los Angeles AngelsMediumBlake Parker
Justin AndersonCam BedrosianBlake Parker has taken command of this once committee.
Los Angeles DodgersStrongScott AlexanderDylan FloroJT Chargois
Kenley Jansen (DL)
Jansen will be out for a month with an irregular heartbeat.
Miami MarlinsShakyDrew SteckrenriderAdam ConleyKyle BarracloughBarraclough has struggled lately and was removed from the ninth.
Milwaukee BrewersShakyJosh HaderJeremy Jeffress
Corey Knebel
Knebel has been removed from the closer role after his recent struggles.
Minnesota TwinsShakyTrevor HildenbergerAddison ReedTrevor MayRodney was moved to the A's so Hildenberger will be the closer.
New York MetsShakyRobert GsellmanSeth LugoBobby Wahl
Anthony Swarzak (DL)
Swarzak has hit the DL. Gsellman should lead the committee in New York.
New York YankeesStrongAroldis ChapmanDellin BetancesZach Britton
David Robertson
Britton will split eighth inning duties in one of the best bullpens the league has seen in a long time.
Oakland AthleticsStrongBlake TreinenJeurys FamiliaLou Trivino
Ryan Buchter
Familia will not close ahead of Treinen, who has been great.
Philadelphia PhilliesShakySeranthony DominguezVictor AranoPat NeshekArano and Neshek have both earned save chances in the last week. This is a full on committee.
Pittsburgh PiratesStrongFelipe VazquezKeone KelaKyle CrickVazquez has calmed down, but it still feels like he could blow up every time he goes out there.
San Diego PadresMediumKirby YatesCraig StammenRobbie ErlinHand was finally traded so Yates is the guys for now.
Seattle MarinersStrongEdwin DiazAlex ColomeJames PazosDiaz has 34 saves before the All-Star break. He's ridiculous.
San Francisco GiantsShakyWill SmithTony WatsonSam Dyson Will Smith leads the committee thanks to Dyson's struggles.
St. Louis CardinalsStrongBud NorrisJordan HicksDakota HudsonNorris was not traded and will have control of the ninth for the foreseeable future.
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 RangersStrongJose LeclercAlex ClaudioCory GearrinJose Leclerc is the last man standing in the Rangers bullpen after a series of trades.
Toronto Blue Jays ShakyKen GilesRyan TeperaTyler Clippard Giles is getting all the opportunities for the 9th inning role no matter what the outcome it appears.
Washington NationalsShakyKoda GloverRyan MadsonGreg Holland
Sean Doolittle (DL)
Kelvin Herrera (DL)
This bullpen has turned into a mess with Doolittle and Herrera on the DL.

 

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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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