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Fantasy Closer Report

Elite Closers

Blue Jays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Roberto Osuna Joe Smith Danny Barnes

Roberto Osuna was planning on going home for the upcoming All-Star break, but a wrench was thrown into his plans on Friday afternoon when he was named a replacement for the American League All-Star team. More Updated July 7 at 7:47 p.m. ET

Cubs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Wade Davis Koji Uehara Hector Rondon

Cubs right-hander Wade Davis captured his 19th save after tossing a scoreless ninth inning with two walks and two strikeouts vs. the Cardinals on Saturday. More Updated July 22 at 7:39 p.m. ET

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

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen captured the save after firing a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout against the Marlins on Friday night. More Updated July 14 at 10:50 p.m. ET

Orioles Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Zach Britton Brad Brach Darren O'Day

Orioles closer Zach Britton was activated off the 60-day disabled list Wednesday before the Orioles' series finale against the Brewers at Miller Park. More Updated July 5 at 7:52 p.m. ET

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

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel blew a save after allowing one run on two hits with one strikeout against the Rangers on Monday. More Updated July 4 at 12:20 a.m. ET

Rockies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Greg Holland Adam Ottavino Jake McGee

Rockies right-hander Greg Holland earned a save after allowing three walks and recording two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning against the Cubs on Friday. More Updated June 9 at 6:12 p.m. ET

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

The White Sox completed a trade with the Yankees on Tuesday to send third baseman Todd Frazier, closer David Robertson and hard-throwing reliever Tommy Kahnle for outfield prospects Blake Rutherford and Tito Polo, pitching prospect Ian Clarkin and right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard. More Updated July 19 at 12:34 a.m. ET

Stable Situations

Astros Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Ken Giles Will Harris (DL) Luke Gregerson

Astros closer Ken Giles secured the save with a scoreless inning Sunday against the Rays. More Updated April 23 at 7:51 p.m. ET

Braves Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jim Johnson Arodys Vizcaino Jose Ramirez

Braves righty Jim Johnson allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning against the Nationals on Thursday for his 19th save. More Updated July 7 at 2:28 a.m. ET

Brewers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Corey Knebel Jacob Barnes Carlos Torres

Brewers reliever Corey Knebel claimed his 17th save after tossing a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts against the Phillies on Saturday night. More Updated July 22 at 11:09 p.m. ET

D-backs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Fernando Rodney Archie Bradley J.J. Hoover

D-backs closer Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth inning with three strikeouts to earn the save Wednesday against the Tigers. More Updated June 14 at 10:17 p.m. ET

Mariners Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Edwin Diaz Tony Zych Nick Vincent

With the Mariners needing to keep all arms available for their overused bullpen, outfielder Boog Powell was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday to open a roster spot for the return of starting pitcher Sam Gaviglio. More Updated July 18 at 9:51 p.m. ET

Marlins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
A.J. Ramos Kyle Barraclough Brad Ziegler (DL)

Marlins closer AJ Ramos fired a scoreless ninth inning with one walk and one strikeout against the Reds on Saturday night to earn a save. More Updated July 23 at 12:02 a.m. ET

Pirates Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Felipe Rivero Juan Nicasio Tony Watson

Pirates left-hander Felipe Rivero earned a save after throwing a scoreless ninth inning against the Phillies on Tuesday. More Updated July 4 at 8:24 p.m. ET

Rays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Alex Colome Brad Boxberger (DL) Tommy Hunter

Rays right-hander Alex Colome pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Thursday vs. the Red Sox, allowing one hit and striking out one. More Updated July 6 at 10:12 p.m. ET

Reds Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen Drew Storen

The Nationals are showing interest in Reds closer Raisel Iglesias, sources told MLB.com on Thursday, as the team tries to address its season-long issues in the late innings. More Updated July 6 at 4:52 p.m. ET

Royals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Kelvin Herrera Joakim Soria Mike Minor

Moments after giving up a go-ahead, two-run home run in the ninth inning of the Royals' 4-3 win over the Tigers on Wednesday, closer Kelvin Herrera left the game with a trainer. More Updated July 20 at 2:18 p.m. ET

Tigers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Justin Wilson Shane Greene Alex Wilson

Justin Wilson has never been a closer at any level. But he looked right at home in the role Saturday night as he struck out the side against the Angels in the ninth inning to earn his first save since taking over as Detroit's closer this week. More Updated May 14 at 5:03 p.m. ET

Twins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brandon Kintzler Taylor Rogers Glen Perkins (DL)

Twins closer Brandon Kintzler captured his 27th save after allowing one hit over 1 1/3 scoreless innings during Saturday night's game vs. the Tigers. More Updated July 22 at 11:42 p.m. ET

Uncertain Situations

Angels Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Bud Norris Cam Bedrosian Blake Parker

The Angels reinstated right-hander Bud Norris from the 10-day disabled list Saturday. The club optioned right-hander Brooks Pounders to Triple-A Salt Lake following Friday night's 10-0 loss to the Mariners to make room for Norris. More Updated July 1 at 10:32 p.m. ET

A's Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Santiago Casilla Daniel Coulombe Blake Treinen

Athletics right-hander Santiago Casilla blew a save but picked up a win after allowing one run on three hits with one strikeout against the White Sox on Tuesday. More Updated July 4 at 7:48 p.m. ET

Cardinals (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Trevor Rosenthal Seung Hwan Oh Matt Bowman

Lingering concern about Trevor Rosenthal's health and day-to-day availability is one reason the Cardinals will continue to employ an eight-man bullpen for the foreseeable future. More Updated April 27 at 4:14 p.m. ET

Indians (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Cody Allen Andrew Miller Bryan Shaw

In the Indians' past two games, closer Cody Allen and setup man Andrew Miller switched roles. Manager Terry Francona thinks that this switch will happen more often. More Updated June 19 at 8:27 p.m. ET

Nationals (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Sean Doolittle Ryan Madson Koda Glover (DL)

Nationals left-hander Sean Doolittle earned the save after allowing one unearned run on a walk with a strikeout in one inning Saturday vs. the D-backs. More Updated July 23 at 1:32 a.m. ET

Padres Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brandon Maurer Brad Hand Carter Capps (MiLB)

Don't call it closer by committee; call it closer by situation. The Padres will continue to split the ninth-inning role between Brandon Maurer and Brad Hand. More Updated May 30 at 11:30 p.m. ET

Phillies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Hector Neris Pat Neshek Joaquin Benoit

Phillies right-hander Hector Neris blew the save after allowing a run on two hits and a walk with no strikeouts in one inning Sunday vs. the D-backs. More Updated June 18 at 7:57 p.m. ET

Rangers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Alex Claudio Keone Kela Matt Bush

Left-hander Alex Claudio has pitched more innings since the second half began than any other Rangers reliever. More Updated July 23 at 2:44 p.m. ET

White Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Tyler Clippard Anthony Swarzak David Holmberg

The White Sox completed a trade with the Yankees on Tuesday to send third baseman Todd Frazier, closer David Robertson and hard-throwing reliever Tommy Kahnle for outfield prospects Blake Rutherford and Tito Polo, pitching prospect Ian Clarkin and right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard. More Updated July 19 at 12:34 a.m. ET

Injured Closers

Giants Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Sam Dyson Mark Melancon (DL) Hunter Strickland

The Giants will be without closer Mark Melancon after placing the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list with a right pronator strain Wednesday. More Updated June 28 at 3:58 p.m. ET

Mets Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Addison Reed Jeurys Familia (DL) Jerry Blevins

Mets closer Jeurys Familia, on the disabled list since May 12 with a blood clot in his right arm, said Monday he expects to pitch again this season. More Updated May 29 at 4:51 p.m. ET