To learn about our efforts to improve the accessibility and usability of our website, please visit our Accessibility Information page. Skip to section navigation or Skip to main content
Below is an advertisement.
Skip to main content

Fantasy Open

Fantasy Closer Report

Elite Closers

Brewers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Corey Knebel Jacob Barnes Josh Hader

A day that began with the Brewers signing catcher Stephen Vogt to a one-year deal ended with reliever Jeremy Jeffress staying put, too. More Updated Dec. 2 at 11:03 p.m. ET

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

Craig Kimbrel of the Red Sox and Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers threw an "immaculate inning" within one week of each other back in May, each striking out the side on nine pitches for only the 78th and 79th occurrences in Major League Baseball history. More Updated Oct. 28 at 9:09 p.m. ET

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

The Indians began chipping away at their arbitration cases on Friday night, signing veteran reliever Dan Otero and outfielder Abraham Almonte to one-year contracts. More Updated Dec. 2 at 10:07 p.m. ET

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

Orioles left-hander Zach Britton finished the 2017 regular season with a 2-1 record, a 2.89 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP, 15 saves and 29 strikeouts across 37 1/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 16 at 11:13 a.m. ET

Pirates Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Felipe Rivero Daniel Hudson George Kontos

As expected, the Pirates tendered 2018 contracts to all four of their arbitration-eligible players -- Gerrit Cole, George Kontos, Jordy Mercer and Felipe Rivero -- prior to Friday's deadline. More Updated Dec. 2 at 10:52 p.m. ET

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

Craig Kimbrel of the Red Sox and Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers threw an "immaculate inning" within one week of each other back in May, each striking out the side on nine pitches for only the 78th and 79th occurrences in Major League Baseball history. More Updated Oct. 28 at 9:09 p.m. ET

Reds Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen Wandy Peralta

The Reds have players that interest other clubs seeking to make trades, and general manager Dick Williams is certainly listening, but there was no movement on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings. More Updated Dec. 14 at 6:01 a.m. ET

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

Yankees left-hander Aroldis Chapman finished the 2017 regular season with a 4-3 record, a 3.22 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, 22 saves and 69 strikeouts across 50 1/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 3 at 9:40 a.m. ET

Stable Situations

Astros Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Ken Giles Will Harris Joe Smith

Astros closer Ken Giles' woeful postseason performance -- he lost two games while allowing 10 runs and 12 hits in 7 2/3 innings -- forced manager A.J. Hinch to keep him in mothballs for Games 5, 6 and 7 of the World Series, but the team says it remains committed to Giles as closer despite its search for bullpen help. More Updated Dec. 12 at 8:42 p.m. ET

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

The A's tendered offers to seven arbitration-eligible players on Friday: outfielder Khris Davis, right-handers Kendall Graveman, Blake Treinen, Chris Hatcher and Liam Hendriks, shortstop Marcus Semien and catcher Josh Phegley. More Updated Dec. 1 at 7:44 p.m. ET

Blue Jays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Roberto Osuna Ryan Tepera Dominic Leone

Ryan Goins and Tom Koehler are officially free agents after the Blue Jays declined to tender contracts to both players prior to Friday night's 8 p.m. ET deadline. More Updated Dec. 2 at 10:59 p.m. ET

Braves Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Arodys Vizcaino Jose Ramirez A.J. Minter

Unable to trade Matt Adams before Friday's non-tender deadline, the Braves parted ways with their slugging first baseman, along with infielders Jace Peterson and Danny Santana, making them all free agents. More Updated Dec. 2 at 10:46 p.m. ET

Giants Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Mark Melancon Sam Dyson Hunter Strickland

Giants right-hander Mark Melancon finished the 2017 regular season with a 1-2 record, a 4.50 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, 11 saves and 29 strikeouts across 30 innings. More Updated Oct. 9 at 8:17 a.m. ET

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

Mariners right-hander Edwin Diaz finished the 2017 regular season with a 4-6 record, a 3.27 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, 34 saves and 89 strikeouts across 66 innings. More Updated Oct. 16 at 5:48 p.m. ET

Mets Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jeurys Familia AJ Ramos Paul Sewald

It may be impossible to predict what Matt Harvey will do in 2018, save for this: whatever he does, Harvey will do it for the Mets. More Updated Dec. 1 at 7:47 p.m. ET

Nationals Next in line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Sean Doolittle Ryan Madson Koda Glover

Nationals left-hander Sean Doolittle finished the 2017 regular season with a 2-0 record, a 2.81 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, 24 saves and 62 strikeouts across 51 1/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 4 at 10:20 a.m. ET

Padres Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Hand Kirby Yates Carter Capps

Padres left-hander Brad Hand finished the 2017 regular season with a 3-4 record, a 2.16 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP, 21 saves and 104 strikeouts across 79 1/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 10 at 8:11 a.m. ET

Phillies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Hector Neris Luis Garcia Edubray Ramos

Phillies right-hander Hector Neris finished the 2017 regular season with a 4-5 record, a 3.01 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, 26 saves and 86 strikeouts across 74 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 12 at 6:39 a.m. ET

Rays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Alex Colome Dan Jennings Chih-Wei Hu

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich acknowledged the club has had conversations with the Rays about closer Alex Colome -- as was the hot rumor on Monday's first day of the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. More Updated Dec. 11 at 9:42 p.m. ET

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

The Tigers have decided to non-tender right-handed reliever Bruce Rondon, meaning he will not be offered a contract for the 2018 season and is now a free agent. More Updated Dec. 2 at 10:39 p.m. ET

Uncertain Situations

Angels (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Closer Committee Closer Notes
Blake Parker Cam Bedrosian Keynan Middleton

The Angels agreed to terms on a 2018 contract with right-handed reliever Blake Wood and tendered contracts to all 10 of their other arbitration-eligible players ahead of Friday's 5 p.m. PT deadline. More Updated Dec. 1 at 7:54 p.m. ET

Cardinals (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Closer Committee Closer Notes
Tyler Lyons John Brebbia Matt Bowman

Cardinals left-hander Tyler Lyons finished the 2017 regular season with a 4-1 record, a 2.83 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, three saves and 68 strikeouts across 54 innings. More Updated Oct. 11 at 1:19 p.m. ET

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

The Cubs gave their bullpen a huge boost by agreeing to terms with free-agent reliever Brandon Morrow, and also took a step toward 2019 by agreeing to terms with lefty Drew Smyly. More Updated Dec. 13 at 6:04 a.m. ET

D-backs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Archie Bradley Brad Boxberger Randall Delgado

After plenty of internal debate and discussion, it appears that D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley's role for 2018 is coming into focus. More Updated Nov. 15 at 12:17 p.m. ET

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

With all 30 teams gathered together, the Marlins are expected to explore trade options for All-Star left fielder Marcell Ozuna and relievers Brad Ziegler and Junichi Tazawa. More Updated Dec. 11 at 6:09 a.m. ET

Rangers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Alex Claudio Keone Kela Jake Diekman

Rangers left-hander Alex Claudio finished the 2017 regular season with a 4-2 record, a 2.50 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, 11 saves and 56 strikeouts across 82 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 16 at 5:28 p.m. ET

Rockies (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Closer Committee Closer Notes
Adam Ottavino Mike Dunn Chris Rusin

Rockies right-hander Adam Ottavino took the loss Sunday after he allowed six runs on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts and four wild pitches in one inning vs. the Dodgers. More Updated June 25 at 9:50 p.m. ET

Royals (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Closer Committee Closer Notes
Kelvin Herrera Brandon Maurer Scott Alexander

Royals right-hander Kelvin Herrera finished the 2017 regular season with a 3-3 record, a 4.25 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, 26 saves and 56 strikeouts across 59 1/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 16 at 1:26 p.m. ET

Twins (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Closer Committee Closer Notes
Taylor Rogers Trevor Hildenberger Alan Busenitz

Twins left-hander Taylor Rogers finished the 2017 regular season with a 7-3 record, a 3.07 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP and 49 strikeouts across 55 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 4 at 9:00 a.m. ET

White Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Juan Minaya Nate Jones Gregory Infante

White Sox right-hander Juan Minaya finished the 2017 regular season with a 3-2 record, a 4.53 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, nine saves and 51 strikeouts across 43 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 16 at 12:22 p.m. ET

Injured Closers