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Fantasy Closer Report

Notable Free Agents: Casey Janssen

Elite Closers

Astros Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Ken Giles Luke Gregerson Pat Neshek

The Astros and Phillies finally completed the deal to send closer Ken Giles to Houston in a seven-player deal that now includes right-handed pitcher Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 Draft. More Updated Dec. 12 at 9:09 p.m. ET

Cardinals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Trevor Rosenthal Kevin Siegrist Seung Hwan Oh

The Cardinals agreed to terms with all four of their arbitration-eligible players players Friday, before the 1 p.m. ET deadline for exchanging salary figures. More Updated Jan. 15 at 4:00 p.m. ET

Dodgers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez Yimi Garcia

Dodgers righty reliever Kenley Jansen avoided arbitration by settling for a one-year deal worth $10.65 million -- a $3.225 million raise over last year's salary -- on Friday. More Updated Jan. 15 at 5:46 p.m. ET

Mets Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jeurys Familia Addison Reed Antonio Bastardo

The Mets and Jeurys Familia, the club's last arbitration-eligible player, have settled on a contract for the upcoming season. More Updated Feb. 4 at 6:11 a.m. ET

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

The Orioles and left-hander Zach Britton have agreed to a one-year, $6.75 million contract to avoid arbitration. More Updated Feb. 5 at 7:44 p.m. ET

Pirates Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Mark Melancon Tony Watson Jared Hughes

Pirates right-hander Mark Melancon finished the 2015 regular season with a 3-2 record, a 2.23 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP, 51 saves and 62 strikeouts across 76 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 16 at 6:12 a.m. ET

Red Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Craig Kimbrel Koji Uehara Carson Smith

The Red Sox acquired closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres on Friday night for four prospects: outfielder Manuel Margot, shortstop Javier Guerra, middle infielder Carlos Asuaje, and left-hander Logan Allen. More Updated Nov. 13 at 7:52 p.m. ET

Royals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Wade Davis Joakim Soria Kelvin Herrera

The Royals announced a bevy of roster moves on Thursday, exercising club options on right-hander Wade Davis and shortstop Alcides Escobar. More Updated Nov. 5 at 6:20 p.m. ET

White Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
David Robertson Nate Jones Zach Putnam

White Sox right-hander David Robertson finished the 2015 regular season with a 6-5 record, a 3.41 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP, 34 saves and 86 strikeouts across 63 1/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 15 at 7:12 a.m. ET

Yankees Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Aroldis Chapman Andrew Miller Dellin Betances

The Yankees will go into Spring Training with Aroldis Chapman as their closer, manager Joe Girardi said on the YES Network on Monday night. More Updated Jan. 11 at 7:31 p.m. ET

Stable Situations

Angels Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Huston Street Joe Smith Fernando Salas

Angels right-hander Huston Street finished the 2015 regular season with a 3-3 record, a 3.18 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, 40 saves and 57 strikeouts across 62 1/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 6 at 8:44 p.m. ET

A's Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Sean Doolittle Ryan Madson Liam Hendriks

A's left-hander Sean Doolittle finished the 2015 regular season with a 1-0 record, a 3.95 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, four saves and 15 strikeouts across 13 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 7 at 7:47 a.m. ET

Cubs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Justin Grimm

The Cubs avoided arbitration Friday with five of the seven players eligible, signing Travis Wood, Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon, Justin Grimm, and Adam Warren to one-year contracts. More Updated Jan. 15 at 2:50 p.m. ET

D-backs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Ziegler Tyler Clippard Daniel Hudson

The D-backs exercised their 2016 club options on right-handers Brad Ziegler and Josh Collmenter on Tuesday. More Updated Nov. 3 at 2:29 p.m. ET

Giants Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Hunter Strickland

Giants right-hander Santiago Casilla finished the 2015 regular season with a 4-2 record, a 2.79 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, 38 saves and 62 strikeouts across 58 innings. More Updated Oct. 16 at 6:13 a.m. ET

Indians Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Zach McAllister

On Friday, Cleveland avoided arbitration with reliever Cody Allen, who received a one-year contract worth $4.15 million in his first offseason of eligibility. More Updated Jan. 15 at 1:40 p.m. ET

Marlins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
A.J. Ramos Carter Capps Mike Dunn

The closer role in Miami is up for grabs, with incumbent A.J. Ramos expected to be pushed by Carter Capps, who throws heat. More Updated Feb. 4 at 2:23 p.m. ET

Nationals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jonathan Papelbon Shawn Kelley Trevor Gott

Nationals right-hander Jonathan Papelbon finished the 2015 regular season with a 4-3 record, a 2.13 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP, 24 saves and 56 strikeouts across 63 1/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 9 at 1:19 p.m. ET

Rangers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Shawn Tolleson Keone Kela Tom Wilhelmsen

The Rangers have agreed to terms with pitcher Shawn Tolleson on a contract for 2016 that avoids an arbitration hearing. More Updated Jan. 25 at 4:21 p.m. ET

Rays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Boxberger Danny Farquhar Alex Colome

Rays closer Brad Boxberger finished the 2015 regular season with a 4-10 record, a 3.71 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, 41 saves and 74 strikeouts across 63 innings. More Updated Oct. 8 at 1:12 a.m. ET

Tigers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Francisco Rodriguez Mark Lowe Bruce Rondon

The Tigers reportedly acquired All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez in a trade with the Brewers on Wednessday. More Updated Nov. 18 at 12:22 p.m. ET

Twins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Glen Perkins Kevin Jepsen Casey Fien

Twins left-hander Glen Perkins finished the 2015 regular season with a 3-5 record, a 3.32 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, 32 saves and 54 strikeouts across 57 innings. More Updated Oct. 14 at 6:23 a.m. ET

Uncertain Situations

Blue Jays (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Drew Storen Roberto Osuna Brett Cecil

The Blue Jays reportedly avoided arbitration with five players on Friday afternoon by signing Michael Saunders, Brett Cecil, Drew Storen, Steve Delabar and Aaron Loup to one-year contracts. More Updated Jan. 15 at 1:36 p.m. ET

Braves Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jason Grilli Arodys Vizcaino Jim Johnson

Braves closer Jason Grilli suffered a season-ending left Achilles injury as he attempted to cover first base during the ninth inning of Saturday afternoon's 3-2 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field. More Updated July 11 at 9:58 p.m. ET

Brewers (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jeremy Jeffress Will Smith Corey Knebel

Seeking a second wind, the Brewers will take a second look at a onetime top prospect. The team has purchased from Triple-A Nashville the contract of right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress. More Updated July 21 at 1:59 p.m. ET

Mariners Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Steve Cishek Joaquin Benoit Tony Zych

Jerry Dipoto added a critical piece to his Mariners makeover on Monday as the club announced the signing of free-agent reliever Steve Cishek to a two-year contract. More Updated Dec. 14 at 3:26 p.m. ET

Padres (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Fernando Rodney Kevin Quackenbush Jon Edwards

The Padres announced that their one-year deal with right-hander Fernando Rodney was official on Thursday. More Updated Feb. 4 at 4:31 p.m. ET

Phillies (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
David Hernandez Ernesto Frieri (MiLB) Luis Garcia

The Phillies signed right-handed reliever David Hernandez to a one-year contract. More Updated Dec. 9 at 11:48 a.m. ET

Reds Next in line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
J.J. Hoover Tony Cingrani Jumbo Diaz

For the first time in more than a decade, the Reds on Thursday argued in an arbitration hearing against one of their players in reliever J.J. Hoover. More Updated Feb. 5 at 3:12 p.m. ET

Rockies (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jake McGee Jason Motte Chad Qualls

Colorado is putting together a bullpen in which roles will be forgotten and where getting outs at critical times will be the focus. More Updated Feb. 5 at 3:39 p.m. ET

Injured Closers