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Fantasy Closer Report

Notable Free Agents: Rafael Soriano

Elite Closers

Angels Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Huston Street Joe Smith Fernando Salas

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

Braves Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Craig Kimbrel Jason Grilli Jim Johnson

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
Zach Britton Darren O'Day Tommy Hunter

Orioles closer Zach Britton finished the 2014 regular season with 37 saves, a 1.65 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 76 1/3 innings pitched. More Updated Oct. 1 at 9:57 p.m. ET

Phillies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jonathan Papelbon Ken Giles Jake Diekman

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Ryne Sandberg have said unequivocally that Jonathan Papelbon will be their closer in 2015. More Updated Feb. 20 at 5:56 p.m. ET

Pirates Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Mark Melancon Tony Watson Jared Hughes

Pirates closer Mark Melancon finished the 2014 regular season with 33 saves, a 1.90 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP and 71 strikeouts in 71 innings pitched. More Updated Oct. 15 at 9:54 p.m. ET

Reds Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Aroldis Chapman Sam LeCure Jumbo Diaz

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman finished the 2014 regular season with 36 saves, a 2.00 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP and 106 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched. More Updated Oct. 2 at 8:13 p.m. ET

Royals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Greg Holland Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera

Royals closer Greg Holland finished the 2014 regular season with 46 saves, a 1.44 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and 90 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 6 at 5:58 p.m. ET

White Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
David Robertson Jake Petricka Zach Putnam

White Sox closer David Robertson mentioned that he has a little soreness in his forearm, but he threw a 25-pitch bullpen before the White Sox contest against the Dodgers and reported no issues. More Updated March 26 at 6:10 p.m. ET

Stable Situations

Brewers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Francisco Rodriguez Jonathan Broxton Will Smith

Francisco Rodriguez drew a clubhouse crowd on Friday morning in Brewers camp, where the veteran reliever underwent a physical exam that marked the final hurdle toward a two-year, $13 million contract. The team will formally announce the deal on Saturday. More Updated March 13 at 11:29 p.m. ET

Cardinals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Trevor Rosenthal Jordan Walden Seth Maness

Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal finished the 2014 regular season with 45 saves, a 3.20 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP and 87 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings pitched. More Updated Nov. 2 at 9:48 p.m. ET

Cubs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Hector Rondon Jason Motte Pedro Strop

Cubs closer Hector Rondon finished the 2014 regular season with 29 saves, a 2.42 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP and 63 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings pitched. More Updated Oct. 1 at 10:51 p.m. ET

D-backs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Addison Reed Brad Ziegler Evan Marshall

D-backs reliever Brad Ziegler is scheduled to make his first Cactus League appearance of the spring on Wednesday and appears to be on track to be on the Opening Day roster. Meanwhile, closer Addison Reed will throw another bullpen session on Tuesday and he, too, should have time to get ready before Opening Day provided there are no setbacks. More Updated March 17 at 10:39 a.m. ET

Giants Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Jean Machi

Santiago Casilla and the Giants survived a scare Thursday morning when the reliever escaped with a bruise after a batted ball struck him on his left shin. More Updated Feb. 26 at 9:18 p.m. ET

Indians Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Scott Atchison

Indians closer Cody Allen completed the 2014 regular season with 24 saves, a 2.07 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP and 91 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 5 at 6:37 p.m. ET

Mariners Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Fernando Rodney Danny Farquhar Yoervis Medina

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

Marlins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Steve Cishek A.J. Ramos Mike Dunn

Marlins closer Steve Cishek finished the 2014 regular season with 39 saves, a 3.17 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and 84 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings pitched. More Updated Oct. 8 at 10:07 p.m. ET

Nationals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Drew Storen Casey Janssen Craig Stammen

Nationals closer Drew Storen returned to the clubhouse Saturday morning with his left hand wrapped one day after having a small procedure to remove the hook of the hamate bone. More Updated March 14 at 9:56 p.m. ET

Padres Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Joaquin Benoit Kevin Quackenbush Dale Thayer

Padres closer Joaquin Benoit finished the 2014 regular season with 11 saves, a 1.49 ERA, a 0.77 WHIP and 64 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings pitched. More Updated Oct. 15 at 9:59 p.m. ET

Red Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Koji Uehara Edward Mujica Junichi Tazawa

Four days after John Farrell stated that he "fully" expected closer Koji Uehara to be ready for Opening Day, the manager sounded far less certain as he spoke to reporters before Tuesday's game against the Marlins. More Updated March 24 at 1:49 p.m. ET

Rockies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
LaTroy Hawkins Adam Ottavino John Axford

Having the oldest player in baseball as the bullpen's closer makes the Rockies notable, but manager Walt Weiss believes it's smart to be ready to help 42-year-old LaTroy Hawkiins if fatigue is an issue. More Updated Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m. ET

Twins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Glen Perkins Casey Fien Caleb Thielbar

Glen Perkins got his work in on the Minor League side on Thursday, as the Twins' closer tossed an easy 1-2-3 inning against the Red Sox's Class A team at the CenturyLink Sports Complex. More Updated March 26 at 4:14 p.m. ET

Uncertain Situations

Astros (Uncertain Closer) Uncertain Closer Uncertain Closer Closer Notes
Luke Gregerson Chad Qualls Pat Neshek

The Astros' Chad Qualls allowed one hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning against the Indians on Monday to earn his 18th save. More Updated Sept. 15 at 11:43 p.m. ET

Blue Jays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brett Cecil Aaron Loup Miguel Castro

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed the obvious on Sunday morning by stating that left-hander Brett Cecil will begin the year as his closer. More Updated March 22 at 5:09 p.m. ET

Mets (Uncertain Closer) Uncertain Closer Uncertain Closer Closer Notes
Jenrry Mejia Bobby Parnell (Inj.) Jeurys Familia

Stressing that the closer's job is "Bobby's to lose" but also noting that Bobby Parnell could actually begin the season on the disabled list, manager Terry Collins painted the picture of a wide-open closer's competition heading into Spring Training. More Updated Dec. 9 at 2:13 p.m. ET

Rangers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Neftali Feliz Tanner Scheppers Shawn Tolleson

Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz found out there is a difference in working with a personal trainer in the offseason. More Updated Feb. 20 at 3:35 p.m. ET

Tigers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Joe Nathan Joakim Soria Bruce Rondon

Joe Nathan's first Spring Training with the Tigers preceded the slow start that set up one of the first challenges of Brad Ausmus' managerial career. Ausmus is hoping not to go through that this season. What he has seen from Nathan so far, and the way Nathan feels, has the manager encouraged. More Updated Feb. 25 at 6:06 p.m. ET

Yankees (Uncertain Closer) Uncertain Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Dellin Betances Andrew Miller David Carpenter

The Yankees could enter the regular season without making a choice for the closer's role, and if that proves to be the case, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller said they will be fine getting on the team plane without an official title in hand. More Updated March 23 at 4:17 p.m. ET

Injured Closers

A's Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Tyler Clippard Sean Doolittle (Inj.) Eric O'Flaherty

The A's are seeing significant progress from several of their injury-stricken players. More Updated March 24 at 11:02 a.m. ET

Dodgers Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Joel Peralta Kenley Jansen (Inj.) Brandon League (Inj.)

Tuesday was a milestone day for rehabbing Dodgers pitchers Kenley Jansen and Brandon Beachy. More Updated March 17 at 6:55 p.m. ET

Rays Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Boxberger Jake McGee (Inj.) Kevin Jepsen

Jake McGee continued to make progress from offseason left elbow surgery when he threw his third bullpen session of the spring on Tuesday. More Updated March 24 at 3:40 p.m. ET