Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart (last updated May 25)
The chart below breaks down all 30 major-league teams' bullpens in terms of relievers' proximity to the closer role, not their overall fantasy value. Teams are broken down by division.
"CLOSER" is either that team's officially designated closer, or the pitcher most likely to get the team's next save chance. "NEXT IN LINE" is the pitcher next-most likely to take over if something happens to the closer, or the one who might get any save chances on the closer's nights off. "NOTES" beneath each division's chart provide detail on teams' closer situations that might have an unusual wrinkle, like an injury to the typical closer requiring a short term fill-in, or a committee situation.
NOTES: The ninth inning in Tampa Bay is a work in progress following the trade of Alex Colome to the Mariners. Sergio Romo can't close when he starts games, however, so the Rays will have to look elsewhere during his scheduled starts should a save situation present itself.
NOTES: WIth Keynan Middleton (DL: elbow) sidelined, the Angels will choose from Justin Anderson, Cam Bedrosian, Jim Johnson and Blake Parker to close games. Anderson, Johnson and Parker all have saves for the team since May 10. Alex Colome was acquired by the Mariners on May 25, but Edwin Diaz figures to still finish games in Seattle.
NOTES: Since Braves manager Brian Snitker said he might soon give A.J. Minter and/or Daniel Winkler save chances, Arodys Vizcaino has converted back-to-back opportunities successfully May 16 and 22. ... Phillies manager Gabe Kapler has hinted he'll use a bullpen without roles, with Edubray Ramos, Luis Garcia and Tommy Hunter joining the two above as closer candidates.
NOTES: With Raisel Iglesias (DL: biceps) sidelined, the Reds are expected to use a closer-by-committee that might add David Hernandez, Michael Lorenzen and Wandy Peralta to the above names. Jared Hughes, who has eight straight scoreless appearances and worked the ninth on May 20, 22 and 23, seems the most likely to get the next save chance.
NOTES: Hunter Strickland has been effective in the closer role for the Giants and might have earned the right to keep the job even when Mark Melancon (DL: forearm) returns. Melancon has resumed throwing bullpen sessions and is eligible to be activated May 25.