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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 right-hander Craig Kimbrel finished the 2016 regular season with a 2-6 record, a 3.40 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, 83 strikeouts and 31 saves across 53 innings. More Updated Oct. 24 at 5:30 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

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 D-backs are close to an agreement with free-agent reliever Fernando Rodney, a source told MLB.com Tuesday night. More Updated Dec. 7 at 6:26 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

The Angels signed right-handed reliever Andrew Bailey to a one-year contract on Wednesday and designated outfielder Shane Robinson for assignment. More Updated Nov. 9 at 4:16 p.m. ET

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

A's reliever John Axford earned a save after allowing one hit with one strikeout in a scoreless inning Wednesday vs. the Orioles. More Updated Aug. 11 at 1:01 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 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

A day after watching Trevor Rosenthal blow his third season save by allowing three ninth-inning runs, manager Mike Matheny met with the right-hander on Saturday to inform him that the team will be using him in a different role. More Updated June 25 at 9:42 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

Tigers right-hander Francisco Rodriguez finished the 2016 regular season with a 3-4 record, a 3.24 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, 52 strikeouts and 44 saves across 58 1/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 6 at 5:31 a.m. ET

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

The Mariners activated right-handed reliever Drew Storen from the 15-day disabled list Sunday, adding a fresh arm to a well-used bullpen. More Updated Sept. 4 at 2:07 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

Pirates right-hander Neftali Feliz finished the 2016 regular season with a 4-2 record, a 3.52 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, 61 strikeouts and two saves across 53 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 12 at 5:41 a.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

Angels right-hander Huston Street finished the 2016 regular season with a 3-2 record, a 6.45 ERA, a 1.93 WHIP, 14 strikeouts and nine saves across 22 1/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 3 at 5:55 a.m. ET

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

Royals right-hander Joakim Soria finished the 2016 regular season with a 5-8 record, a 4.05 ERA, a 1.46 WHIP, 68 strikeouts and one save across 66 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 6 at 5:46 a.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