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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 earned the save after striking out two in a perfect inning vs. the Dodgers on Sunday. More Updated April 26 at 7:02 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

Closer Kenley Jansen, who's on the disabled list, said he came out of his one-inning rehab start Friday night in good shape and will do it again Sunday for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. More Updated May 2 at 10:03 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

Mariners closer Fernando Rodney took the loss after allowing one run on one hit and one walk in the ninth inning against the Red Sox on Thursday. More Updated May 15 at 1:16 a.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 closer John Axford earned the save after walking one in a scoreless inning against the Reds on Monday. More Updated May 25 at 5:04 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 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

Manager Craig Counsell on Tuesday expressed confidence in Brewers setup man Jonathan Broxton, a day after Broxton surrendered a run for the third consecutive outing and saw his ERA climb to 7.82 after 14 appearances this season. More Updated May 12 at 8:25 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 opted out of his Minor League contract with Milwaukee on Monday and became a free agent. More Updated April 27 at 9:22 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 closer Francisco Rodriguez earned the save after allowing one hit with one strikeout in a scoreless inning against the Cubs on Sunday. More Updated May 3 at 5:47 p.m. ET

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

Nationals closer Drew Storen earned the save after allowing one hit with two strikeouts in a scoreless inning vs. the Phillies on Sunday. More Updated May 24 at 4:41 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 Rangers placed right-handed reliever Neftali Feliz on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 20, with an "axillary abscess on his right side" before Monday's game in Cleveland. More Updated May 25 at 7:06 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 earned the save after allowing a hit with two strikeouts in a scoreless inning against the Cardinals on Monday. More Updated April 27 at 11:10 p.m. ET

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

The Angels and veteran closer Huston Street agreed on a two-year extension that will keep Street handling the ninth inning at least through the 2017 season. More Updated May 13 at 9:35 p.m. ET

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

Tigers closer Joakim Soria fanned all four batters he faced in 1 1/3 scoreless innings Thursday against the White Sox to earn his 11th save of the season. More Updated May 7 at 6:17 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