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Fantasy Closer Report

Notable Free Agents: Joe Blanton

Elite Closers

Cardinals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Seung Hwan Oh Kevin Siegrist Jonathan Broxton

Cardinals right-hander Seung Hwan Oh finished the 2016 regular season with a 6-3 record, a 1.92 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP, 103 strikeouts and 19 saves across 79 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 11 at 5:47 a.m. ET

Cubs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Wade Davis Hector Rondon Pedro Strop

The Cubs, adding more depth to the bullpen and possibly a new closer, completed a deal Wednesday to acquire Wade Davis from the Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler, according to a source. More Updated Dec. 7 at 2:23 p.m. ET

Dodgers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Kenley Jansen Sergio Romo Pedro Baez

Looking to fill some of the organizational depth lost when they traded Mallex Smith on Wednesday, the Braves acquired Micah Johnson from the Dodgers on Friday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. More Updated Jan. 14 at 8:13 p.m. ET

Giants Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Mark Melancon Hunter Strickland Derek Law

ESPN.com's Buster Olney reported Monday the Giants have agreed to a deal with right-hander Mark Melancon, pending a physical. More Updated Dec. 5 at 1:39 p.m. ET

Indians Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Cody Allen Andrew Miller Bryan Shaw

Whether accidental or intentional, Indians manager Terry Francona has avoided specifically referring to Cody Allen as his closer over the years. Applying that label did not always provide the proper description for the reliever's duties. If a situation came up earlier than the ninth, Allen has been available out of the bullpen. More Updated Feb. 19 at 1:21 a.m. ET

Mets Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jeurys Familia Addison Reed Hansel Robles

The Mets have reportedly avoided arbitration with starting pitchers Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, as well as relievers Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. More Updated Jan. 16 at 3:09 a.m. ET

Orioles Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Zach Britton Darren O'Day Brad Brach

Orioles closer Zach Britton says that he's not worried about the soreness in his oblique. More Updated Feb. 22 at 3:10 p.m. ET

Red Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Craig Kimbrel Tyler Thornburg Matt Barnes

Red Sox right-hander Craig Kimbrel finished the 2016 regular season with a 2-6 record, a 3.40 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, 83 strikeouts and 31 saves across 53 innings. More Updated Oct. 24 at 5:30 a.m. ET

Yankees Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Aroldis Chapman Dellin Betances Tyler Clippard

Aroldis Chapman and the Yankees have finalized the largest contract ever handed to a relief pitcher, formally announcing the completion of the left-handed closer's five-year, $86 million contract on Thursday. More Updated Dec. 15 at 9:53 p.m. ET

Stable Situations

Astros Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Ken Giles Luke Gregerson Will Harris

Astros right-hander Ken Giles finished the 2016 regular season with a 2-5 record, a 4.11 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, 102 strikeouts and 15 saves across 65 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 4 at 5:31 a.m. ET

Blue Jays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Roberto Osuna Jason Grilli Joe Smith

The Blue Jays got their offseason started on Saturday afternoon by exercising the team option on reliever Jason Grilli's contract for the 2017 season. More Updated Nov. 6 at 1:17 a.m. ET

Mariners Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Edwin Diaz Steve Cishek (Inj.) Nick Vincent

Mariners right-hander Edwin Diaz finished the 2016 regular season with an 0-4 record, a 2.79 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, 88 strikeouts and 18 saves across 51 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 3 at 6:19 a.m. ET

Marlins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
A.J. Ramos Brad Ziegler Kyle Barraclough

The Marlins avoided arbitration with five of their six eligible players on Friday, including All-Stars A.J. Ramos and Marcell Ozuna. But the club was unable to reach agreement with right-hander David Phelps prior to the 1 p.m. ET salary exchange deadline. More Updated Jan. 14 at 8:34 p.m. ET

Pirates Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Tony Watson Daniel Hudson Felipe Rivero

Pirates left-hander Tony Watson finished the 2016 regular season with a 2-5 record, a 3.06 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, 58 strikeouts and 15 saves across 67 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 12 at 5:41 a.m. ET

Rangers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Sam Dyson Matt Bush Jeremy Jeffress

The Rangers reached agreements with all seven of their arbitration-eligible players Friday. More Updated Jan. 14 at 8:46 p.m. ET

Rays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Alex Colome Brad Boxberger Xavier Cedeno

Rays right-hander Alex Colome finished the 2016 regular season with a 2-4 record, a 1.91 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, 71 strikeouts and 37 saves across 56 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 5 at 5:33 a.m. ET

Royals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria Matt Strahm

New closer Kelvin Herrera and the Royals avoided arbitration on Friday when Herrera agreed to a one-year deal. More Updated Feb. 3 at 3:29 p.m. ET

Tigers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Francisco Rodriguez Justin Wilson Shane Greene

Tigers right-hander Francisco Rodriguez finished the 2016 regular season with a 3-4 record, a 3.24 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, 52 strikeouts and 44 saves across 58 1/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 6 at 5:31 a.m. ET

White Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
David Robertson Nate Jones Dan Jennings

White Sox closer David Robertson is the newest Team USA addition for the World Baseball Classic, a source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi. More Updated Jan. 27 at 4:51 p.m. ET

Uncertain Situations

Angels Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Huston Street Cam Bedrosian Andrew Bailey

Angels right-hander Huston Street has spent the majority of his career as a closer, but now he'll have to fight for the job, along with Cam Bedrosian and Andrew Bailey. More Updated Feb. 15 at 5:50 p.m. ET

A's Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Ryan Madson Sean Doolittle Santiago Casilla

With four closing options in tow, A's manager Bob Melvin isn't opposed to picking more than one ahead of Opening Day. More Updated Feb. 17 at 5:57 a.m. ET

Braves Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jim Johnson Arodys Vizcaino Mauricio Cabrera

Braves right-hander Jim Johnson finished the 2016 regular season with a 2-6 record, a 3.06 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, 68 strikeouts and 20 saves across 64 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 10 at 6:40 a.m. ET

Brewers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Neftali Feliz Corey Knebel Carlos Torres

After trading away Tyler Thornburg at the Winter Meetings and Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith back in August, the Brewers enter the New Year in need of a closer. More Updated Dec. 26 at 5:43 a.m. ET

D-backs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Fernando Rodney Randall Delgado Enrique Burgos

The D-backs agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent reliever Fernando Rodney, the team announced Friday. More Updated Dec. 11 at 1:13 a.m. ET

Nationals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Shawn Kelley Blake Treinen Koda Glover

Once the Nationals began talking up their potential in-house options at closer, two names emerged as the favorites: Shawn Kelley and Blake Treinen. More Updated Feb. 15 at 5:51 p.m. ET

Padres Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brandon Maurer Carter Capps Brad Hand

Right-handers Carter Capps and Brandon Maurer and lefties Christian Friedrich and Brad Hand agreed to one-year deals with the Padres ahead of Friday's deadline to exchange figures. More Updated Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m. ET

Phillies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jeanmar Gomez Hector Neris Joaquin Benoit

Right-hander Jeanmar Gomez will enter Spring Training as the Phillies' closer. More Updated Feb. 15 at 8:17 a.m. ET

Reds (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Closer Committee Closer Notes
Raisel Iglesias Drew Storen Tony Cingrani

Reds manager Bryan Price isn't looking to have a dedicated closer as the club tries to be more innovative in the mid-to-late innings. More Updated Feb. 20 at 9:50 a.m. ET

Rockies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Greg Holland Adam Ottavino Jake McGee

The Colorado Rockies and free-agent reliever Greg Holland have agreed to a one-year contract with a vesting option, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported on Wednesday. More Updated Jan. 25 at 2:28 p.m. ET

Twins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brandon Kintzler Glen Perkins (Inj.) Ryan Pressly

In 2016, only three pitchers threw their fastball more often than Twins reliever Brandon Kintzler,whose repertoire is heavily dependent on his two-seam fastball. More Updated Jan. 18 at 5:02 p.m. ET

Injured Closers