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Fantasy Closer Report

Elite Closers

Angels Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Huston Street Joe Smith Fernando Salas

The Angels retained a big piece of their bullpen Thursday, picking up their $7 million option on closer Huston Street. More Updated Oct. 30 at 8:27 p.m. ET

Braves Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Craig Kimbrel Jason Grilli Jim Johnson

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel completed the 2014 regular season with 47 saves, a 1.61 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and 95 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings pitched. More Updated Oct. 1 at 10:35 p.m. ET

Orioles Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Zach Britton Darren O'Day Tommy Hunter

Orioles closer Zach Britton finished the 2014 regular season with 37 saves, a 1.65 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 76 1/3 innings pitched. More Updated Oct. 1 at 9:57 p.m. ET

Phillies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jonathan Papelbon Ken Giles Jake Diekman

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Ryne Sandberg have said unequivocally that Jonathan Papelbon will be their closer in 2015. More Updated Feb. 20 at 5:56 p.m. ET

Pirates Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Mark Melancon Tony Watson Jared Hughes

Pirates closer Mark Melancon finished the 2014 regular season with 33 saves, a 1.90 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP and 71 strikeouts in 71 innings pitched. More Updated Oct. 15 at 9:54 p.m. ET

Reds Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Aroldis Chapman Sam LeCure Burke Badenhop

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman finished the 2014 regular season with 36 saves, a 2.00 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP and 106 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched. More Updated Oct. 2 at 8:13 p.m. ET

Royals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Greg Holland Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera

Royals closer Greg Holland finished the 2014 regular season with 46 saves, a 1.44 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and 90 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 6 at 5:58 p.m. ET

White Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
David Robertson Jake Petricka Zach Putnam

A White Sox source told MLB.com Monday night that the team has agreed to a deal with free-agent closer David Robertson. More Updated Dec. 9 at 3:06 a.m. ET

Stable Situations

Cardinals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Trevor Rosenthal Jordan Walden Seth Maness

Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal finished the 2014 regular season with 45 saves, a 3.20 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP and 87 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings pitched. More Updated Nov. 2 at 9:48 p.m. ET

Cubs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Hector Rondon Jason Motte Pedro Strop

Cubs closer Hector Rondon finished the 2014 regular season with 29 saves, a 2.42 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP and 63 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings pitched. More Updated Oct. 1 at 10:51 p.m. ET

D-backs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Addison Reed Brad Ziegler Evan Marshall

D-backs closer Addison Reed finished the 2014 regular season with 32 saves, a 4.25 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and 69 strikeouts in 59 1/3 innings. More Updated Sept. 29 at 7:36 p.m. ET

Giants Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Jean Machi

Santiago Casilla and the Giants survived a scare Thursday morning when the reliever escaped with a bruise after a batted ball struck him on his left shin. More Updated Feb. 26 at 9:18 p.m. ET

Indians Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Scott Atchison

Indians closer Cody Allen completed the 2014 regular season with 24 saves, a 2.07 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP and 91 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 5 at 6:37 p.m. ET

Mariners Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Fernando Rodney Danny Farquhar Yoervis Medina

Mariners closer Fernando Rodney finished the 2014 regular season with 48 saves, a 2.85 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP and 76 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings pitched. More Updated Oct. 23 at 5:29 p.m. ET

Marlins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Steve Cishek A.J. Ramos Mike Dunn

Marlins closer Steve Cishek finished the 2014 regular season with 39 saves, a 3.17 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and 84 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings pitched. More Updated Oct. 8 at 10:07 p.m. ET

Nationals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Drew Storen Casey Janssen Craig Stammen

Nationals reliever Drew Storen notched his ninth save after permitting two hits in a scoreless ninth inning against the Marlins on Saturday night. More Updated Sept. 21 at 1:12 a.m. ET

Padres Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Joaquin Benoit Kevin Quackenbush Dale Thayer

Padres closer Joaquin Benoit finished the 2014 regular season with 11 saves, a 1.49 ERA, a 0.77 WHIP and 64 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings pitched. More Updated Oct. 15 at 9:59 p.m. ET

Red Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Koji Uehara Edward Mujica Junichi Tazawa

The Red Sox signed right-handed pitcher Koji Uehara to a two-year contract through the 2016 season. Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement. Sources say the deal is worth $18 million over two years. More Updated Oct. 30 at 5:32 p.m. ET

Rockies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
LaTroy Hawkins John Axford Adam Ottavino

Having the oldest player in baseball as the bullpen's closer makes the Rockies notable, but manager Walt Weiss believes it's smart to be ready to help 42-year-old LaTroy Hawkiins if fatigue is an issue. More Updated Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m. ET

Twins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Glen Perkins Casey Fien Caleb Thielbar

Twins manager Paul Molitor said he plans to use closer Glen Perkins in a conventional role and doesn't anticipate using him for more than one-inning saves this season. More Updated Feb. 26 at 9:06 p.m. ET

Uncertain Situations

Astros (Uncertain Closer) Uncertain Closer Uncertain Closer Closer Notes
Luke Gregerson Chad Qualls Pat Neshek

The Astros' Chad Qualls allowed one hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning against the Indians on Monday to earn his 18th save. More Updated Sept. 15 at 11:43 p.m. ET

Blue Jays (Uncertain Closer) Uncertain Closer Uncertain Closer Closer Notes
Brett Cecil Aaron Sanchez Steve Delabar

The departure of Casey Janssen this winter created an opening at the closer position, and on the first day of Spring Training, left-hander Brett Cecil made it clear that he wants the job. More Updated Feb. 22 at 9:40 p.m. ET

Brewers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jonathan Broxton Will Smith Brandon Kintzler

The Brewers' two-year deal with Francisco Rodriguez caused a ripple effect throughout the rest of the bullpen, but if the man most affected was feeling down about a potentially reduced role, he didn't let on. More Updated Feb. 26 at 9:28 p.m. ET

Mets (Uncertain Closer) Uncertain Closer Uncertain Closer Closer Notes
Jenrry Mejia Bobby Parnell Jeurys Familia

Stressing that the closer's job is "Bobby's to lose" but also noting that Bobby Parnell could actually begin the season on the disabled list, manager Terry Collins painted the picture of a wide-open closer's competition heading into Spring Training. More Updated Dec. 9 at 2:13 p.m. ET

Rangers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Neftali Feliz Tanner Scheppers Shawn Tolleson

Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz found out there is a difference in working with a personal trainer in the offseason. More Updated Feb. 20 at 3:35 p.m. ET

Tigers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Joe Nathan Joakim Soria Al Alburquerque

Joe Nathan's first Spring Training with the Tigers preceded the slow start that set up one of the first challenges of Brad Ausmus' managerial career. Ausmus is hoping not to go through that this season. What he has seen from Nathan so far, and the way Nathan feels, has the manager encouraged. More Updated Feb. 25 at 6:06 p.m. ET

Yankees (Uncertain Closer) Uncertain Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Dellin Betances Andrew Miller David Carpenter

The Yankees would prefer to have a set closer by the end of Spring Training, but manager Joe Girardi said on Sunday that he could see a scenario where Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller wind up sharing the job. More Updated Feb. 22 at 9:45 p.m. ET

Injured Closers

A's Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Tyler Clippard Sean Doolittle (Inj.) Eric O'Flaherty

On Thursday, A's closer Sean Doolittle deemed his shoulder "a lot better." More Updated Feb. 19 at 10:14 p.m. ET

Dodgers Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brandon League Kenley Jansen Joel Peralta (Inj.)

Kenley Jansen hobbled into the Dodgers' clubhouse Monday on crutches with his left foot in a cast to his mid-shin, feeling pretty lucky. When the doctors tell you that a growth in your foot isn't life-threatening, you feel lucky. More Updated Feb. 23 at 2:10 p.m. ET

Rays Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Boxberger Jake McGee (Inj.) Kevin Jepsen

The Rays have been dealt their first major blow of the 2015 season: Jake McGee will begin the campaign on the disabled list. Tampa Bay announced on Tuesday that McGee had arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow on Friday to remove a loose body. McGee said he is doing fine and a full recovery is expected. More Updated Dec. 16 at 6:19 p.m. ET