Keep this page bookmarked throughout the baseball season to see which closer has the job for each Major League team, as well as who would be next in line in case of injury or ineffectiveness by the current 9th inning guy.
-In one of the stranger turns of events, Milwaukee closer contender Will Smith injured a knee ligament taking his shoes off and will miss a significant amount of time. That should hand the job to Jeremy Jeffress and makes Corey Knebel a name you need to know as a backup
–Aroldis Chapman has been suspended for 30 games which gives Andrew Miller short term life as a starter. It has already been said that Chapman will assume the role as soon as the suspension is lifted, and he should be amazing again this year.
-In Toronto, the Blue Jays did the right thing in naming Roberto Osuna their closer. I thought that Drew Storen would be the guy because of his experience and the fact that Toronto actually traded for him. Osuna is the better option, and a top 15 closer in my book.
-In Tampa Bay, Brad Boxberger has an injured abdomen and will miss the first five to six weeks of the season. In the meantime I am looking towards Alex Colome as the guy who will get saves for the Rays, but Danny Farquhar could be in the mix as well. Colome has better stuff, Farquhar has more experience.
-In Cincinnati, J.J. Hoover has been named the favorite to land the ninth inning job for a terrible Reds team. He would be a guy who you roster just because he will get you saves, but the rest of his numbers will be average. I still love Tony Cingrani for the job as a guy who could be dominant and actually carry fantasy value as a closer for a bad team.
|Team||Closer||Next Up||Third In Line|
|Baltimore Orioles||Zack Britton||Darren O’Day||Brian Matusz|
|Boston Red Sox||Craig Kimbrel||Koji Uehara||Junichi Tazawa|
|New York Yankees||Aroldis Chapman (suspended 30 games)||Andrew Miller||Dellin Betances|
|Tampa Bay Rays||Brad Boxberger (out 6 weeks)||Alex Colome||Danny Farquhar|
|Toronto Blue Jays||Roberto Osuna||Drew Storen||Brett Cecil|
|Chicago White Sox||David Robertson||Nate Jones||Matt Albers|
|Cleveland Indians||Cody Allen||Bryan Shaw||Zach McAllister|
|Detroit Tigers||Francisco Rodriguez||Mark Lowe||Justin Wilson|
|Kansas City Royals||Wade Davis||Kelvin Herrera||Joakim Soria|
|Minnesota Twins||Glen Perkins (injured)||Kevin Jepsen||Trevor May|
|Anaheim Angels||Huston Street||Joe Smith||Fernando Salas|
|Houston Astros||Luke Gregerson||Ken Giles||Pat Neshek|
|Oakland Athletics||Ryan Madson||Sean Doolittle||Liam Hendriks|
|Seattle Mariners||Steve Cishek||Joaquin Benoit||Charlie Furbush|
|Texas Rangers||Shawn Tolleson||Tom Wilhelmsen||Keone Kela|
|Atlanta Braves||Arodys Vizcaino||Jim Johnson||Jason Grilli|
|Miami Marlins||A.J. Ramos||Mike Dunn||Carter Capps|
|New York Mets||Jeurys Familia||Antonio Bastardo||Addison Reed|
|Philadelphia Phillies||Jeanmar Gomez||Andrew Bailey||Dalier Hinojosa|
|Washington Nationals||Jonathan Papelbon||Shawn Kelley||Oliver Perez|
|Chicago Cubs||Hector Rondon||Pedro Strop||Justin Grimm|
|Cincinnati Reds||J.J. Hoover?????||Tony Cingrani?????||Jumbo Diaz|
|Milwaukee Brewers||Jeremy Jeffress||Corey Knebel||Will Smith (injured)|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||Mark Melancon||Tony Watson||Neftali Feliz|
|St. Louis Cardinals||Trevor Rosenthal||Seung-Hwan Oh||Kevin Siegrist|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||Brad Ziegler||Tyler Clippard||Daniel Hudson|
|Colorado Rockies||Jake McGee||Jason Motte||Chad Qualls|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||Kenley Jansen||J.P. Howell||Chris Hatcher|
|San Diego Padres||Fernando Rodney||Kevin Quackenbush||Drew Pomeranz|
|San Francisco Giants||Santiago Casilla||Sergio Romo||Javier Lopez|