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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 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
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

The Tigers took a chance on Joel Hanrahan this past spring and got nothing out of it. Six months later, they're going to give it another go. More Updated Nov. 14 at 4:16 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 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

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 and the Yankees have agreed to terms on a Minor League contract, MLB.com has confirmed. More Updated Nov. 9 at 8:22 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

In what amounts to a procedural move, the Reds released reliever Carlos Marmol on Monday a few months after he left the team's Triple-A affiliate in Louisville. More Updated Nov. 17 at 1:07 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 Brewers acquired relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton from the Reds on Sunday. More Updated Aug. 31 at 2:21 p.m. ET

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

The anticipated confirmation of free-agent starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy's signing on Tuesday was accompanied by the surprise announcement that veteran reliever Brian Wilson was designated for assignment by the Dodgers to clear room on the 40-man roster. More Updated Dec. 16 at 6:15 p.m. ET

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

The Dodgers on Monday announced their first round of September callups, and prized outfield prospect Joc Pederson is among those who will join the big league club. More Updated Sept. 1 at 9:02 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 finished the 2014 regular season with 44 saves, a 3.04 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and 73 strikeouts in 68 innings pitched. More Updated Oct. 9 at 9:26 p.m. ET

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

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
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 finished the 2014 regular season with 13 saves, a 1.99 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings pitched. More Updated Oct. 11 at 4:00 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 wrapped up the 2014 regular season with 39 saves, a 2.04 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP and 63 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 20 at 7:25 p.m. ET

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

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

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

The Tigers have a lot of sorting out to do with their bullpen. The simplest part, Joakim Soria's contract option for 2015, is now out of the way. The team decided to pick up Soria's $7 million option, thus keeping Soria off the free-agent market and in its bullpen mix. More Updated Oct. 31 at 4:47 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