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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

Padres closer Craig Kimbrel fanned one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Marlins on Saturday to earn his 31st save. More Updated Aug. 1 at 9:53 p.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

Joel Hanrahan's comeback attempt is over. The former All-Star closer and invitee to Tigers camp will undergo another Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. More Updated March 4 at 11:00 a.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

After the Dodgers designated Brandon League for assignment on Thursday, manager Don Mattingly said the move represented a changing of the times. More Updated July 3 at 10:58 p.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

The Cubs added another arm to the bullpen mix Thursday, acquiring right-hander Fernando Rodney from the Mariners for a player to be named or cash considerations. More Updated Aug. 27 at 9:49 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

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Tuesday that John Axford "looks like himself," and therefore has been placed back in the team's closer role. More Updated Aug. 19 at 2:42 a.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 Indians announced on Friday that they have signed former closer Carlos Marmol to a Minor League contract. More Updated May 8 at 7:25 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 will be without their All-Star closer for the final leg of this three-city road trip, as Trevor Rosenthal has a flight booked back to St. Louis on Friday to attend the birth of his second daughter. More Updated Aug. 27 at 12:12 a.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

Brewers right-hander Francisco Rodriguez earned a save after throwing a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts Tuesday vs. the Mets. More Updated June 23 at 11:28 p.m. ET

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

Soon after the Nationals landed in New York on Thursday night, reliever Drew Storen and his agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, met with general manager Mike Rizzo to talk about Storen's future with the club, Van Wagenen confirmed to MLB.com. More Updated July 31 at 10:20 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

Tigers right-hander Alex Wilson threw 1 2/3 innings scoreless innings, in which he allowed one hit and struck out one, Thursday against the Orioles to notch his first career save. More Updated July 30 at 11:59 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

Nationals right-hander Jonathan Papelbon earned a save after striking out one batter during a perfect ninth inning against the Marlins on Thursday. More Updated July 30 at 3:18 p.m. ET

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

Joe Smith and Huston Street, the Angels' back-end bullpen tandem, were both available Saturday night against the Red Sox, manager Mike Scioscia said as rain came down on a tarped Angel Stadium diamond before the game. More Updated July 18 at 11:47 p.m. ET

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

The Pirates are bulking up their bullpen for the postseason run with Tigers closer Joakim Soria, acquired for a Minor League player in a one-for-one swap Thursday night. More Updated July 30 at 8:34 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

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