Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart (last updated September 24)
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: Aroldis Chapman (knee) was activated by and rejoined the Yankees on Sept. 19, though it's unclear how quickly he'll be reinstalled as their closer. In the meantime, Dellin Betances, Zach Britton and David Robertson have been handling the ninth inning in committee fashion. ... Sergio Romo has been an effective closer for the Rays for the entirety of the second half of the season, with the only strange part from a usage perspective being his one-appearance-in-19-days stretch from Aug. 26-Sept. 13. Jose Alvarado has occasionally gotten the fill-in save, but this still seems to be Romo's gig.
NOTES: Nate Jones' activation from the DL puts him in the White Sox's closer committee picture, as he saved the team's Sept. 14 game, while Hector Santiago and Juan Minaya saved the Sept. 12 and 15 games.
NOTES: Ty Buttrey, now the Angels' full-time closer, has four saves in the past 12 days (through Sept. 18) and a 0.59 ERA in 14 appearances since the team acquired him from the Red Sox.
NOTES: Arodys Vizcaino closed the Braves' Sept. 22 win and has three scoreless appearances out of four since his return from the DL, seemingly putting himself back into what looks like a committee of closers. That group also could include A.J. Minter, Shane Carle, Dan Winkler, Brad Brach or Jonny Venters. ... Sean Doolittle was activated by the Nationals on Sept. 7, and it appears he's once again the favorite for saves in the Nationals' bullpen. Greg Holland, who has a 0.54 ERA and three saves in 18 appearances since joining the team in August (through Sept. 12), seems to be next-in-line.
NOTES: With both Brandon Morrow (DL: elbow) and Pedro Strop (hamstring) now sidelined, the Cubs will go to a committee of closers, probably led by Steve Cishek, but perhaps including Jesse Chavez, Carl Edwards Jr., Jorge De La Rosa and Justin Wilson. ... The Pirates have shut down Keone Kela for the season, meaning Kyle Crick will probably move back into his former eighth-inning role.
NOTES: Yoshihisa Hirano rebounded from an ugly blown save on Sept. 12 with a successful one on Sept. 14, meaning he now has each of the Diamondbacks' past three chances. He appears to be their new closer.