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Elite Closers

Blue Jays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Roberto Osuna Seung Hwan Oh Ryan Tepera

Roberto Osuna broke down a lot of barriers by becoming the full-time Blue Jays closer at age 20. Now he's the youngest pitcher in Major League history to reach the 100-save milestone. More Updated April 11 at 1:10 p.m. ET

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

Dodgers righty Kenley Jansen picked up a save after allowing two hits and striking out two in a scoreless inning of work Sunday vs. the Nationals. More Updated April 22 at 11:44 p.m. ET

Indians Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Cody Allen Andrew Miller Nick Goody

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

Pirates Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Felipe Vazquez George Kontos Michael Feliz

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

Red Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Craig Kimbrel Carson Smith Joe Kelly

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

Reds Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Raisel Iglesias David Hernandez (DL) Amir Garrett

Upon welcoming his new baby boy, Oliver, to the world on Thursday, Reds closer Raisel Iglesias returned to the club from the paternity list on Sunday. To make room on the roster, Cincinnati optioned Jackson Stephens to Triple-A Louisville. More Updated April 1 at 5:58 p.m. ET

Rockies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Wade Davis Jake McGee Adam Ottavino

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 Dellin Betances David Robertson

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

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

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 Shane Carle

Braves relievers Arodys Vizcaino and Dan Winkler avoided an arbitration hearing, but it appears Mike Foltynewicz will have his 2018 salary determined by an arbitration panel. More Updated Jan. 12 at 5:54 p.m. ET

Cubs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brandon Morrow Carl Edwards Jr. Pedro Strop

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

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

Mariners closer Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless ninth inning with three strikeouts to earn the save vs. the Indians on Thursday. More Updated March 30 at 2:39 a.m. ET

Mets Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jeurys Familia AJ Ramos Anthony Swarzak (DL)

Mets closer Jeurys Familia lost and blew the save after allowing two runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning Saturday vs. the Braves. More Updated April 22 at 1:38 a.m. ET

Nationals Next in line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Sean Doolittle Ryan Madson 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 struck out all four batters he faced to seal a thrilling 5-4 Padres victory over the Giants at Petco Park on Saturday. In the process, he became the first pitcher in franchise history to punch out every batter in a save of more than one inning. More Updated April 15 at 3:50 p.m. ET

Phillies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Hector Neris Pat Neshek (DL) Tommy Hunter

Phillies reliever Hector Neris took the loss after yielding three runs on two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning Thursday against the Braves. More Updated March 29 at 10:26 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 Brandon Maurer Justin Grimm

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 Alex Wilson Joe Jimenez

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

The Twins found their short-term solution at closer on the final day of the Winter Meetings, agreeing to terms with veteran reliever Fernando Rodney on a one-year deal worth $4.5 million with incentives that could push it to $6 million, according to multiple sources. More Updated Dec. 14 at 12:08 p.m. ET

Uncertain Situations

Angels Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Keynan Middleton Blake Parker Cam Bedrosian

Angels right-hander Tyler Skaggs won after allowing four hits and a walk to go with three strikeouts over seven scoreless innings vs. the Astros on Monday. More Updated April 24 at 12:32 a.m. ET

Astros (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Closer Committee Closer Notes
Ken Giles Chris Devenski Brad Peacock

Astros manager AJ Hinch said reliever Ken Giles hasn't pitched since Saturday because of a problem with his back. More Updated April 19 at 4:09 p.m. ET

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

The Cardinals are calling what Greg Holland is going through a "Spring Training phase." Meanwhile, Bud Norris appears to be in midseason form. More Updated April 18 at 4:44 p.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

Rangers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Keone Kela Kevin Jepsen Alex Claudio

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

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

White Sox right-hander Nate Jones picked up the save after walking one and striking out two in a scoreless inning of work Wednesday vs. the Rays. More Updated April 11 at 6:28 p.m. ET

Injured Closers

Brewers (Closer Committee) Injured Closer Closer Committee Closer Notes
Josh Hader Corey Knebel (DL) Jacob Barnes

Brewers closer Corey Knebel was back pitching on a mound Saturday sooner than expected, but the club will be especially cautious during this phase of his comeback from a left hamstring injury, manager Craig Counsell said. More Updated April 21 at 8:23 p.m. ET

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

Closer Mark Melancon is scheduled to play catch next week when the Giants return home from the current road trip. More Updated April 21 at 10:43 p.m. ET

Orioles Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Brach Zach Britton (DL) Darren O'Day

Orioles closer Zach Britton worked from a half-mound for the first time Friday afternoon, throwing 20 fastballs in a big step forward in his progression from offseason Achilles surgery. More Updated April 20 at 8:45 p.m. ET