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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

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 39th save after tossing a scoreless ninth inning against the Mets on Wednesday. More Updated Aug. 27 at 11:17 p.m. ET

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

On Friday afternoon, the Marlins reinstated A.J. Ramos from the disabled list, where he had been out with right shoulder inflammation. More Updated July 18 at 8:10 p.m. ET

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

Neither Joel Hanrahan nor the Tigers had a timetable for the pitcher getting onto the mound in a Detroit uniform when he signed in early May amid his recovery from Tommy John surgery, and two months later, that uncertainty remains. More Updated July 8 at 8:53 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

Dodgers right-hander Brandon League entered the 2014 All-Star break with a 1-2 record, a 2.09 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP and 24 strikeouts in 43 innings. More Updated July 17 at 12:18 a.m. ET

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

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians' goal of keeping Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps came to fruition Tuesday, when the club signed both pitchers to Minor League contracts. The right-handers will remain in Major League camp through Saturday. More Updated March 26 at 4:39 p.m. ET

Stable

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

Mariners closer Fernando Rodney earned a save after tossing a scoreless ninth inning against the Red Sox on Sunday. More Updated Aug. 24 at 6:35 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

Two-time All-Star Andrew Bailey has agreed to a Minor League deal with the Yankees, an industry source confirmed to MLB.com. The club has not officially announced the deal. More Updated Feb. 24 at 2:27 p.m. ET

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

On Thursday, the Indians allowed John Axford to be claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh, which will be on the hook for the remainder of the reliever's $4.5 million salary this season. More Updated Aug. 14 at 6:01 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

Veteran reliever Carlos Marmol, who was signed to a Minor League contract by the Reds on May 27, was placed on the restricted list Wednesday for leaving the Triple-A Louisville club without permission. More Updated June 11 at 8:53 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

Reds right-hander Jonathan Broxton finished the first half of the 2014 regular season with six saves, a 4-0 record, a 1.09 ERA, a 0.79 WHIP and 23 strikeouts in 33 innings. More Updated July 15 at 11:22 p.m. ET

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

Dodgers right-hander Brian Wilson earned the save after allowing one hit with one strikeout in a scoreless inning against the Royals on Wednesday. More Updated June 26 at 1:27 a.m. ET

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

Rehabbing right-hander Chris Perez pitched for the first time since going on the disabled on Aug. 4, starting Monday night's game for Class A Rancho Cucamonga. More Updated Aug. 19 at 10:24 p.m. ET

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

The Rays designated righty reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo for assignment Saturday afternoon to make room for Jeremy Hellickson, who was called up from Class A Advanced Charlotte to start Saturday night's game against the Red Sox. More Updated July 26 at 8:12 p.m. ET

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

Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez earned a save after allowing one run in the ninth inning of a 4-3 win over the Pirates on Sunday. More Updated Aug. 24 at 5:10 p.m. ET

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

After Rafael Soriano's recent struggles continued with a blown save in the Nationals' 6-5 win over the Pirates on Sunday, manager Matt Williams gave his veteran closer a vote of confidence. More Updated Aug. 18 at 1:34 a.m. ET

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

The Yankees have signed right-hander Heath Bell to a Minor League contract and plan to audition the veteran reliever at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. More Updated June 13 at 11:49 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

Rangers closer Neftali Feliz recorded a save after allowing two runs on two hits and one walk with two strikeouts against the Marlins on Wednesday. More Updated Aug. 20 at 3:59 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

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon fired a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to register his 33rd save of the season Tuesday vs. the Nationals. More Updated Aug. 26 at 10:21 p.m. ET

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

Angels closer Huston Street earned a save after tossing a scoreless ninth inning against the Red Sox on Tuesday. More Updated Aug. 19 at 11:05 p.m. ET

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

Joakim Soria continues to stretch out his throwing program in his rehab from a left oblique strain, but the Tigers have no timetable on his return. More Updated Aug. 28 at 3:25 p.m. ET

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

The Mets made a major shakeup after Monday's 5-3 loss to the Pirates, dismissing hitting coach Dave Hudgens and releasing relief pitcher Jose Valverde. More Updated May 26 at 7:10 p.m. ET

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

After Rafael Soriano's recent struggles continued with a blown save in the Nationals' 6-5 win over the Pirates on Sunday, manager Matt Williams gave his veteran closer a vote of confidence. More Updated Aug. 18 at 1:34 a.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