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Fantasy Closer Report

Spring Battle

Blue Jays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Frank Francisco Octavio Dotel

The White Sox announced on Saturday that they have purchased the contract of right-hander Frank Francisco and designated right-hander Maikel Cleto for assignment. More Updated May 10 at 4:02 p.m. ET

Braves Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Craig Kimbrel Jonny Venters

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel allowed no hits and one walk with three strikeouts in a scoreless inning vs. the Orioles on Monday to earn the save. More Updated June 12 at 2:13 a.m. ET

Orioles Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Kevin Gregg Koji Uehara

Reds veteran right-hander Kevin Gregg was designated for assignment on Monday and right-handed reliever Pedro Villarreal was recalled from Triple-A Louisville. More Updated May 11 at 8:57 p.m. ET

Pirates Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Joel Hanrahan Evan Meek

After undergoing multiple elbow surgeries since his most recent big league appearance in 2013, Joel Hanrahan is hanging up his cleats for good. More Updated Nov. 16 at 4:02 p.m. ET

Rays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Kyle Farnsworth Joel Peralta

The Astros on Thursday called up right-hander Jose Veras from Triple-A Oklahoma City and outrighted veteran right-hander Kyle Farnsworth off the active roster. More Updated June 26 at 2:27 p.m. ET

Injury To Watch

Mariners Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brandon League David Aardsma

The Royals once again will go heavy on reclamation projects at Spring Training, as they have offered invites to veteran left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, and veteran right-handers Al Alburquerque, Brandon League, Bobby Parnell and Chris Withrow. More Updated Jan. 8 at 2:12 a.m. ET

Twins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Matt Capps Joe Nathan

A little more than 13 months after signing a two-year, $9.5 million contract to serve as the Cubs' closer, Jose Veras will come to Braves Spring Training with nothing but the guarantee to be given a shot to prove he is still capable of being a valuable Major League reliever. More Updated Feb. 10 at 10:05 p.m. ET

Stable

Angels Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Fernando Rodney Hisanori Takahashi

Twins closer Fernando Rodney lost, blew the save and didn't record an out Thursday against the Yankees, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits with no walks or strikeouts in the ninth inning. More Updated April 26 at 8:26 p.m. ET

Astros Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brandon Lyon Jeff Fulchino

The Angels signed veteran relief pitcher Brandon Lyon to a Minor League contract with a Spring Training invitation on Monday. More Updated Feb. 10 at 5:29 p.m. ET

Athletics Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Andrew Bailey Brian Fuentes

Andrew Bailey, who pitched for the A's, Red Sox, Yankees, Phillies and Angels over parts of eight seasons in the Majors, announced his retirement on Monday, adding that he will be joining the Angels' Major League coaching staff. More Updated Feb. 27 at 4:56 p.m. ET

Brewers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
John Axford Takashi Saito

The Blue Jays will be auditioning candidates for the closer's role after it was revealed on Tuesday afternoon that Roberto Osuna was placed on administrative leave after being charged with assault. More Updated May 8 at 7:52 p.m. ET

Cardinals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Ryan Franklin Jason Motte

Seeing Ryan Franklin's struggles on the mound continue to mount, the Cardinals released the former All-Star closer on Wednesday. More Updated June 29 at 5:49 p.m. ET

Cubs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Carlos Marmol Kerry Wood

The Red Sox have added right-handed pitcher Carlos Marmol as a non-roster invitee to the team’s 2016 Spring Training roster. More Updated Feb. 16 at 6:58 p.m. ET

Diamondbacks Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
J.J. Putz Juan Gutierrez

The D-backs cut ties with one of the more accomplished relievers in club history on Friday, designating reliever J.J. Putz for assignment. More Updated June 20 at 8:36 p.m. ET

Dodgers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jonathan Broxton Hong-Chih Kuo

The Cardinals made a roster move Wednesday to increase the flexibility -- and potentially the strength -- of their bullpen. The team recalled right-hander John Gant from Triple-A Memphis and gave right-hander Jonathan Broxton his unconditional release from the club in a corresponding move. More Updated May 31 at 8:42 p.m. ET

Giants Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brian Wilson Jeremy Affeldt

The Dodgers released reliever Brian Wilson on Friday. More Updated Dec. 21 at 3:13 p.m. ET

Indians Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Chris Perez Rafael Perez

Former All-Star closer Chris Perez has retired from baseball. More Updated Aug. 26 at 9:25 p.m. ET

Marlins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Leo Nunez Clay Hensley

The Rangers have optioned pitcher Anthony Ranaudo to Triple-A Round Rock, removing another candidate from the fifth-starter competition. More Updated March 28 at 7:42 p.m. ET

Mets Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Francisco Rodriguez Manny Acosta

The Phillies granted right-hander Francisco Rodriguez, 36, his unconditional release on Saturday. More Updated March 25 at 3:34 p.m. ET

Nationals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Drew Storen Tyler Clippard

Reds reliever Drew Storen had Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in Cincinnati, and the soon-to-be free agent is unlikely to pitch in the Majors again until 2019. More Updated Sept. 26 at 8:37 p.m. ET

Padres Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Heath Bell Luke Gregerson

The Nationals added bullpen depth Monday by signing reliever Heath Bell to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. More Updated Dec. 22 at 4:43 p.m. ET

Phillies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Lidge Ryan Madson

The Phillies announced Wednesday that Brad Lidge will formally retire as a member of the Phillies before their Aug. 1 game against the Giants at Citizens Bank Park. More Updated May 22 at 8:06 p.m. ET

Rangers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Neftali Feliz Alexi Ogando

The D-backs made a series of roster moves on Tuesday, including optioning No. 15 prospect Jimmie Sherfy to Triple-A Reno, reassigning veteran right-hander Neftali Feliz and catcher Anthony Recker to Minor League camp and releasing veteran left-hander Antonio Bastardo. More Updated March 20 at 2:51 p.m. ET

Reds Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Francisco Cordero Aroldis Chapman

The Red Sox have added another potential piece to an already deep bullpen, signing former closer Francisco Cordero to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training. More Updated Feb. 17 at 12:31 a.m. ET

Red Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jonathan Papelbon Daniel Bard

Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed Tuesday that he has spoken to free-agent reliever Jonathan Papelbon about the possibility of a reunion with Boston for the stretch run. More Updated Aug. 16 at 7:58 p.m. ET

Rockies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Huston Street Matt Lindstrom

The Angels announced Thursday that they have declined 2018 club options on right-handers Ricky Nolasco and Huston Street, making the two veteran pitchers free agents along with nine other players whose contracts have officially expired. More Updated Nov. 3 at 7:14 a.m. ET

Royals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Joakim Soria Kanekoa Texeira

Brewers reliever Joakim Soria landed on the 10-day disabled list Friday afternoon with a right thigh strain and was replaced on the roster by right-handed pitcher Adrian Houser. More Updated Aug. 10 at 10:46 p.m. ET

Tigers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jose Valverde Joaquin Benoit

Jose Valverde might be coming back to the big leagues. More Updated April 29 at 3:10 p.m. ET

White Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Matt Thornton Chris Sale

Right-hander Tyson Ross has moved to the next step in his rehab process as he continues to recover from a strained right shoulder that he suffered during the season's first week. But Ross has not begun throwing, and manager Andy Green says there's still no timetable for a return. More Updated May 4 at 6:04 p.m. ET

Yankees Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Mariano Rivera Rafael Soriano

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera completed the 2013 regular season with 44 saves, a 6-2 record, a 2.11 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 54 strikeouts in 64 innings. More Updated Oct. 5 at 4:58 p.m. ET