Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart (last updated January 28)
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: With Craig Kimbrel still a free agent, the Boston closer job is up for grabs. ... The Rays have an uncertain bullpen, with any pitcher seemingly eligible to both open and close.
NOTES: Greene may be the safest bet to get saves in this division, as every other team's situation remains in flux this early in the offseason.
NOTES: Allen has joined the Angels to provide them with a solid ninth-inning option, while Hunter Strickland seems to be the top option for the rebuilding Mariners, but Swarzak, Cory Gearrin, Shawn Armstrong and Chasen Bradford all loom.
NOTES: Diaz provides the Mets with an elite closer, and the team's former closer Familia is there to back him up, but lacks save upside.
NOTES: Hicks is a young talent who appears poised to close for the Cards, but has plenty of veteran experience in the bullpen behind him. ... Knebel should be the closer for the Brew Crew, but with talented arms like Hader and Jeremy Jeffress sharing the bullpen, room for error is slim.
NOTES: Bradley is likely the best arm for the Diamondbacks, but his role in the ninth-inning is far from guaranteed. ... The Giants have options for the ninth-inning, and it remains to be seen who emerges once the season gets underway.