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Elite Closers

Dodgers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Kenley Jansen Josh Fields Pedro Baez

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen picked up two saves Saturday, closing out both victories vs. the Nationals. More Updated May 20 at 1:11 a.m. ET

Indians Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Cody Allen Andrew Miller Tyler Olson

Indians righty Cody Allen picked up a save after striking out one batter in a perfect inning Tuesday vs. the Tigers. More Updated April 11 at 2:58 a.m. ET

Mariners Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Edwin Diaz Juan Nicasio Nick Vincent

Mariners closer Edwin Diaz allowed a hit to go with a strikeout in closing out the Tigers on Friday for his 15th save. More Updated May 19 at 3:00 a.m. ET

Mets Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jeurys Familia AJ Ramos Robert Gsellman

Mets closer Jeurys Familia blew a save and took a loss after allowing two runs on four hits and a walk with a strikeout in one inning Wednesday vs. the Marlins. More Updated May 24 at 1:11 a.m. ET

Red Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Craig Kimbrel Joe Kelly Matt Barnes

In the upcoming days, Red Sox manager Alex Cora will continue a conversation he started with Craig Kimbrel early in Spring Training about using the closer in some more non-traditional situations. More Updated March 30 at 8:42 p.m. ET

Rockies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Wade Davis Adam Ottavino Bryan Shaw

Rockies righty Wade Davis earned a save after striking out two in a perfect inning of work Wednesday vs. the Padres. More Updated April 12 at 2:50 a.m. ET

Yankees Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Aroldis Chapman David Robertson Dellin Betances

Yankees left-hander Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning to earn a save Thursday vs. the Blue Jays. More Updated April 19 at 10:57 p.m. ET

Stable Situations

Astros Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Ken Giles Chris Devenski Brad Peacock

Astros righty Ken Giles picked up a save after tossing a perfect ninth inning Wednesday against the A's. More Updated May 9 at 7:16 p.m. ET

A's Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Blake Treinen Santiago Casilla Yusmeiro Petit

A's closer Blake Treinen was struck by a line drive and forced out of Tuesday's 3-2 win against the Rangers with one out in the eighth inning, suffering a right shin bruise. More Updated April 25 at 2:27 a.m. ET

Braves Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Arodys Vizcaino A.J. Minter Dan Winkler

Braves righty Arodys Vizcaino picked up a save after striking out one batter in a perfect inning of work Wednesday vs. the Cubs. More Updated May 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Cardinals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Bud Norris Jordan Hicks Greg Holland

Cardinals reliever Bud Norris lost after allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits to go with two strikeouts in one-plus inning vs. the Royals on Wednesday. More Updated May 23 at 9:27 p.m. ET

Cubs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brandon Morrow Carl Edwards Jr. Steve Cishek

Cubs righty Brandon Morrow picked up a save after striking out one batter in a perfect inning of work Thursday vs. the Cardinals. More Updated April 19 at 6:09 p.m. ET

D-backs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Boxberger Archie Bradley Yoshihisa Hirano

D-backs right-hander Brad Boxberger picked up a save after allowing two walks with two strikeouts over a scoreless inning of work Wednesday vs. the Dodgers. More Updated April 4 at 6:56 p.m. ET

Nationals Next in line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Sean Doolittle Ryan Madson (DL) Brandon Kintzler

The Nationals have three strong, viable options out of the bullpen to close games in the trio of Sean Doolittle, Ryan Madson and Brandon Kintzler. It will be a luxury for first-year manager Dave Martinez to have those arms -- each with experience closing -- at the end of the game. More Updated March 11 at 6:03 p.m. ET

Padres Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Hand Kirby Yates Craig Stammen

Padres closer Brad Hand blew a save and lost after allowing three runs, two hits, two walks and a hit batter to go with two strikeouts over 1 1/3 innings vs. the Giants on Monday. More Updated May 1 at 2:59 a.m. ET

Pirates Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Felipe Vazquez Michael Feliz Richard Rodriguez

Felipe Rivero legally changed his name to Felipe Vazquez on March 26, as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported, and the Pirates reflected that change before Tuesday's series opener against the Cubs. His jersey now reads "Vazquez," not Rivero. More Updated April 10 at 2:26 p.m. ET

Rangers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Keone Kela Jose Leclerc Jake Diekman

Rangers right-hander Keone Kela picked up a save after allowing a walk and striking out two in a scoreless inning Thursday against the A's. More Updated April 5 at 7:49 p.m. ET

Rays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Alex Colome Sergio Romo Jose Alvarado

Rays closer Alex Colome lost after allowing a run and two hits to go with three strikeouts in the ninth inning Friday vs. the Phillies. More Updated April 14 at 12:15 a.m. ET

Royals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Kelvin Herrera Brad Keller Kevin McCarthy

Royals right-hander Kelvin Herrera struck out two batters in a perfect inning to collect a save Tuesday against the Tigers. More Updated April 3 at 8:26 p.m. ET

Tigers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Shane Greene Joe Jimenez Buck Farmer

On Friday, Detroit signed right-handers Shane Greene and Alex Wilson and right fielder Nicholas Castellanos to one-year contracts before signing Jose Iglesias to a one-year contract Wednesday after exchanging salary figures with the shortstop Friday. More Updated Jan. 17 at 7:57 p.m. ET

Twins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Fernando Rodney Addison Reed Trevor Hildenberger

Twins closer Fernando Rodney lost, blew the save and didn't record an out Thursday against the Yankees, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits with no walks or strikeouts in the ninth inning. More Updated April 26 at 8:26 p.m. ET

Uncertain Situations

Angels (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Closer Committee Closer Notes
Blake Parker Jim Johnson Justin Anderson

The Angels placed right-hander Keynan Middleton on the disabled list for the second time this season Monday after an MRI exam revealed damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. No decision has been made regarding the course of treatment, as Middleton will seek a second opinion. More Updated May 14 at 8:41 p.m. ET

Blue Jays (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Closer Committee Closer Notes
Tyler Clippard Ryan Tepera Seung Hwan Oh

Blue Jays reliever Tyler Clippard blew a save and took a loss after allowing two runs on two hits and a walk with a strikeout in two-thirds of an inning Saturday vs. the A's. More Updated May 19 at 5:45 p.m. ET

Brewers (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Closer Committee Closer Notes
Josh Hader Corey Knebel Jeremy Jeffress

Brewers lefty Josh Hader collected a save after striking out two batters in a scoreless inning Friday vs. the Rockies. More Updated May 12 at 2:54 a.m. ET

Marlins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Ziegler Kyle Barraclough Drew Steckenrider

Brad Ziegler signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Marlins last offseason, and the veteran right-hander has every intention to stick with the club until he is told otherwise. More Updated Jan. 17 at 2:36 p.m. ET

Phillies (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Closer Committee Closer Notes
Edubray Ramos Hector Neris Seranthony Dominguez

Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos looked unhittable in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday afternoon at Camden Yards. Then he got the hook. More Updated May 17 at 6:53 p.m. ET

White Sox (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Closer Committee Closer Notes
Nate Jones Bruce Rondon Joakim Soria

White Sox right-hander Bruce Rondon allowed one hit and struck out two to close out the Cubs and pick up his first save of the season Sunday. More Updated May 13 at 10:07 p.m. ET

Injured Closers

Giants Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Hunter Strickland Mark Melancon (DL) Tony Watson

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that when right-hander Mark Melancon rejoins the bullpen, he'll pitch relatively early in games, and will be allowed to "settle in," indicating that he won't occupy a high-stress role right away. More Updated May 19 at 4:58 p.m. ET

Orioles (Closer Committee) Injured Closer Closer Committee Closer Notes
Brad Brach Zach Britton (DL) Mychal Givens

Orioles closer Zach Britton has moved past the point where he is concerned about the ruptured right Achilles that has kept him out all season. Now, it's all about pitching. More Updated May 22 at 9:02 p.m. ET

Reds (Closer Committee) Injured Closer Closer Committee Closer Notes
Jared Hughes Raisel Iglesias Amir Garrett

The Reds placed closer Raisel Iglesias on the 10-day DL on Wednesday because of left biceps soreness. More Updated May 23 at 6:22 p.m. ET