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Fantasy Closer Report

Elite Closers

Cardinals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Seung Hwan Oh Jonathan Broxton Kevin Siegrist

Cardinals right-hander Seung Hwan Oh finished the 2016 regular season with a 6-3 record, a 1.92 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP, 103 strikeouts and 19 saves across 79 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 11 at 5:47 a.m. ET

Giants Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Mark Melancon Hunter Strickland Derek Law

ESPN.com's Buster Olney reported Monday the Giants have agreed to a deal with right-hander Mark Melancon, pending a physical. More Updated Dec. 5 at 1:39 p.m. ET

Indians Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Cody Allen Andrew Miller Bryan Shaw

That combination of depth and price led to Friday's decision by the Indians not to tender a contract to reliever Jeff Manship, who now joins this offseason's free-agent pool. More Updated Dec. 2 at 7:18 p.m. ET

Mets Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jeurys Familia Addison Reed Hansel Robles

The free-agent market for outfielders is thinner than usual at the dawn of the Winter Meetings. For starting pitchers, it is practically nonexistent. But the market for late-inning relievers is robust, with closers Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon all hitting free agency at the same time. More Updated Dec. 4 at 10:44 p.m. ET

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

The Orioles did not offer Vance Worley a contract for next year, making the right-hander a free agent in advance of Friday's non-tender deadline. More Updated Dec. 2 at 5:34 p.m. ET

Red Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Craig Kimbrel Matt Barnes Joe Kelly

Red Sox right-hander Craig Kimbrel finished the 2016 regular season with a 2-6 record, a 3.40 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, 83 strikeouts and 31 saves across 53 innings. More Updated Oct. 24 at 5:30 a.m. ET

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

The Royals are expected to pick up their club options on closer Wade Davis ($10 million) and shortstop Alcides Escobar ($6.5 million), according to MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan. More Updated Nov. 3 at 4:23 p.m. ET

Yankees Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Dellin Betances Tyler Clippard Adam Warren

Dellin Betances has decided to pitch for the Dominican Republic team in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, the Yankees reliever told the New York Post. More Updated Nov. 24 at 4:08 p.m. ET

Stable Situations

Astros Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Ken Giles Luke Gregerson Will Harris

Astros right-hander Ken Giles finished the 2016 regular season with a 2-5 record, a 4.11 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, 102 strikeouts and 15 saves across 65 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 4 at 5:31 a.m. ET

Blue Jays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Roberto Osuna Jason Grilli Joe Biagini

The Blue Jays got their offseason started on Saturday afternoon by exercising the team option on reliever Jason Grilli's contract for the 2017 season. More Updated Nov. 6 at 1:17 a.m. ET

Brewers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Tyler Thornburg Corey Knebel Michael Blazek

The Red Sox have acquired right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers in a deal that sends third baseman Travis Shaw and two prospects, shortstop Mauricio Dubon and right-hander Josh Pennington, to Milwaukee, sources confirmed on Tuesday. More Updated Dec. 6 at 10:43 a.m. ET

Mariners Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Edwin Diaz Steve Cishek (Inj.) Nick Vincent

Mariners right-hander Edwin Diaz finished the 2016 regular season with an 0-4 record, a 2.79 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, 88 strikeouts and 18 saves across 51 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 3 at 6:19 a.m. ET

Marlins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
A.J. Ramos Kyle Barraclough David Phelps

Before Friday's 8 p.m. ET deadline, the Miami Marlins tendered All-Stars A.J. Ramos and Marcell Ozuna, along with Tom Koehler, David Phelps, Adeiny Hechavarria and infielder Derek Dietrich. The formality came as no surprise. More Updated Dec. 4 at 2:31 a.m. ET

Padres Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brandon Maurer Brad Hand Kevin Quackenbush

Padres right-hander Brandon Maurer finished the 2016 regular season with a 0-5 record, a 4.52 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, 72 strikeouts and 13 saves across 69 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 14 at 6:13 a.m. ET

Pirates Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Tony Watson Felipe Rivero Jared Hughes

Pirates left-hander Tony Watson finished the 2016 regular season with a 2-5 record, a 3.06 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, 58 strikeouts and 15 saves across 67 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 12 at 5:41 a.m. ET

Rangers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Sam Dyson Jake Diekman Matt Bush

The Rangers on Friday tendered contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players, except outfielder Jared Hoying, making him a free agent. More Updated Dec. 2 at 8:39 p.m. ET

Rays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Alex Colome Brad Boxberger Xavier Cedeno

Rays right-hander Alex Colome finished the 2016 regular season with a 2-4 record, a 1.91 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, 71 strikeouts and 37 saves across 56 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 5 at 5:33 a.m. ET

Rockies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Adam Ottavino Jake McGee Chad Qualls

Rockies right-hander Adam Ottavino finished the 2016 regular season with a 1-3 record, a 2.67 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP, 35 strikeouts and seven saves across 27 innings. More Updated Oct. 13 at 6:08 a.m. ET

Tigers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Francisco Rodriguez Justin Wilson Shane Greene

Tigers right-hander Francisco Rodriguez finished the 2016 regular season with a 3-4 record, a 3.24 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, 52 strikeouts and 44 saves across 58 1/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 6 at 5:31 a.m. ET

White Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
David Robertson Nate Jones Dan Jennings

White Sox closer David Robertson had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last week. More Updated Nov. 1 at 7:58 p.m. ET

Uncertain Situations

Angels Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Huston Street Cam Bedrosian Andrew Bailey

Angels right-hander Huston Street finished the 2016 regular season with a 3-2 record, a 6.45 ERA, a 1.93 WHIP, 14 strikeouts and nine saves across 22 1/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 3 at 5:55 a.m. ET

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

A's right-hander Ryan Madson finished the 2016 regular season with a 6-7 record, a 3.62 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, 49 strikeouts and 30 saves across 64 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 4 at 6:00 a.m. ET

Braves Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jim Johnson Arodys Vizcaino Mauricio Cabrera

Braves right-hander Jim Johnson finished the 2016 regular season with a 2-6 record, a 3.06 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, 68 strikeouts and 20 saves across 64 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 10 at 6:40 a.m. ET

Cubs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Carl Edwards Jr.

As expected, the Cubs on Friday tendered contracts to all four of their arbitration-eligible players, including Jake Arrieta. More Updated Dec. 3 at 6:11 a.m. ET

D-backs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Randall Delgado Enrique Burgos Jake Barrett

D-backs manager Chip Hale plans to use right-handers Daniel Hudson and Randall Delgado in high-leverage situations in the late innings. More Updated Aug. 29 at 6:08 p.m. ET

Dodgers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Pedro Baez Luis Avilan Grant Dayton

Pedro Baez rejoined the Dodgers on Tuesday after a stint with Double-A Tulsa, but whether the right-hander can regain the form he showed in July remains to be seen. More Updated Sept. 6 at 10:04 p.m. ET

Nationals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Shawn Kelley Blake Treinen Sammy Solis

Nationals right-hander Shawn Kelley finished the 2016 regular season with a 3-2 record, a 2.64 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP, 80 strikeouts and seven saves across 58 innings. More Updated Oct. 19 at 5:38 a.m. ET

Phillies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jeanmar Gomez Hector Neris Pat Neshek

Shortstop Freddy Galvis, reliever Jeanmar Gomez and second baseman Cesar Hernandez will be back with the Phillies in 2017. More Updated Dec. 3 at 6:16 a.m. ET

Reds Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Raisel Iglesias Tony Cingrani Michael Lorenzen

One of the offseason questions the Reds must answer is what type of role pitcher Raisel Iglesias will have: starter or reliever? And if he winds up in the bullpen, can Iglesias be their closer? More Updated Oct. 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Twins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brandon Kintzler Ryan Pressly Glen Perkins (Inj.)

The Twins tendered contracts to all five of their arbitration-eligible players before Friday's deadline, but they cleared a spot on their 40-man roster ahead of next week's Winter Meetings by non-tendering Minor League right-hander Yorman Landa. More Updated Dec. 3 at 6:18 a.m. ET

Injured Closers