The past week has been a quiet one as far as closers are concerned and that was to be expected, as the non-waiver trade deadline has finally come and gone. That’s not to say that more trades can’t happen but now those players will have to pass through waivers to be dealt. Some will fly through ,so it shouldn’t shock anyone if Jim Johnson (Atlanta), Bud Norris (Angels), Brad Ziegler (Miami), Santiago Casilla (Oakland), Sam Dyson (San Francisco), or another reliever is dealt.
Los Angeles Angels: It was no secret that the Angels tried to trade Norris by the deadline but when there were no takers, he remained with the team and continues to be the closer, but he has struggled of late. In his last six appearances, he has allowed 10 earned runs to see his ERA balloon to 4.09. Still, there have been no talks about removing Norris and putting Cam Bedrosian back in the role. Perhaps the reason for that is to once again try and trade Norris during August, but the Angels are still in the hunt for a playoff berth, as they sit only three games out of the last wildcard spot in the American League.
Minnesota Twins: When the Twins dealt Brandon Kintzler to the Nationals on deadline day there was some confusion as to who would close. That person looks to be Matt Belisle, as he had picked up saves Sunday and Monday. I wouldn’t write his name in pen but if you need saves, he’s the reliever to get in Minnesota.
New York Mets: Jeurys Familia is getting closer and closer to a return to action. He has thrown bullpen sessions and should head out on a rehab stint shortly. Assuming there are no setbacks he could be ready to return to the Mets bullpen as soon as next week. The question will be whether he automatically becomes the closer again or if the Mets will want him to prove his health in less stressful situations, and continue to have A.J. Ramos close until they feel comfortable.
Oakland Athletics: In somewhat of a surprise, the Athletics have installed Blake Treinen as their closer instead of Santiago Casilla. The Athletics traded Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson and received Treinen as part of the return. He failed as the Nat’s closer earlier this season but has pitched solid of late, only allowing two earned runs in his last 15 appearances. He is yet another closer that could be available on your waiver wire should you need saves.
San Francisco Giants: Mark Melancon will need at least one more rehab appearance before being called back up by the team. He has pitched three times during his rehab stint and if not for a bit of a struggle in his last appearance (4 runs in .2 IP) he might already be with the team. Sam Dyson’s days are numbered as I expect Melancon to be back and closing for SF by the time I write this column next week.
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|Team||Closer||Bullpen||Deep Potential||DL||Top Hold Reliever|
|ARI||Fernando Rodney||Archie Bradley/David Hernandez||Archie Bradley||Randall Delgado||Archie Bradley|
|ATL||Arodys Vizcaino||Jose Ramirez/Jim Johnson/Jason Motte||Mauricio Cabrera||Jim Johnson|
|BAL||Zach Britton||Mychal Givens/Brad Brach/Darren O'Day||Brad Brach|
|BOS||Craig Kimbrel||Matt Barnes/Heath Hembree/Addison Reed/Joe Kelly||Tyler Thornburg||Addison Reed|
|CHC||Wade Davis||Carl Edwards/Pedro Strop/Hector Rondon/Koji Uehara/Justin Wilson||Carl Edwards||Justin Wilson|
|CHW||Tyler Clippard||Chris Beck/Jake Petricka||Nate Jones||Chris Beck|
|CIN||Raisel Iglesias||Drew Storen/Michael Lorenzen/Blake Wood/Wandy Peralta||Drew Storen|
|CLE||Cody Allen||Bryan Shaw/Zach McAllister/Dan Otero/Nick Goody/Joe Smith||Andrew Miller||Dan Otero|
|COL||Greg Holland||Adam Ottavino/Pat Neshek/Jake McGee||Pat Neshek|
|DET||Shane Green||Alex Wilson/Joe Jimenez/Bruce Rondon||Joe Jimenez||Alex Wilson|
|HOU||Ken Giles||Luke Gregerson/Chris Devenski||Will Harris||Luke Gregerson|
|KC||Kelvin Herrera||Joakim Soria/Brandon Maurer/Mike Minor||Brandon Maurer||Joakim Soria|
|LAA||Bud Norris||Kenyan Middleton/Cam Bedrosian/Blake Parker||Kenyan Middleton||Andrew Bailey/Huston Street||Cam Bedrosian|
|LAD||Kenley Jansen||Tony Watson/Pedro Baez/Josh Fields/Tony Cingrani||Chris Hatcher||Tony Watson|
|MIA||Brad Ziegler||Junicha Tazawa||Kyle Barraclough||Kyle Barraclough||Junicha Tazawa|
|MIL||Corey Knebel||Jacob Barnes/Jared Hughes/Anthony Swarzak/Jeremy Jeffress||Jacob Barnes||Anthony Swarzak|
|MIN||Matt Belisle||Ryan Pressly/Taylor Rogers/Tyler Duffey||Glen Perkins||Taylor Rogers|
|NYM||A.J. Ramos||Hansel Robles/Erik Goeddel/Fernando Salas/Jerry Blevins||Jeurys Familia||Fernando Salas|
|NYY||Aroldis Chapman||Dellin Betances/Adam Warren/Chad Green/David Robertson/Tommy Kahnle||Dellin Betances|
|OAK||Blake Treinen||Santiago Casilla/Liam Hendricks/Ryan Dull||Santiago Casilla|
|PHI||Hector Neris||Luis Garcia||Joaquin Benoit|
|PIT||Felipe Rivero||Daniel Hudson/Juan Nicasio/Joaquin Benoit||Juan Nicasio||Juan Nicasio|
|STL||Trevor Rosenthal||Kevin Siegrist/Matt Bowman/Brett Cecil/Seung Hwan Oh||Matt Bowman||Brett Cecil|
|SD||Brad Hand||Ryan Buchter/Kirby Yates/Phil Maton/Carter Capps||Carter Capps||Kirby Yates|
|SF||Sam Dyson||Hunter Strickland/George Kontos||Derek Law||Mark Melancon||Hunter Strickland|
|SEA||Edwin Diaz||Nick Vincent/Marc Rzepczynski/Tony Zych/David Phelps||Shae Simmons||Tony Zych|
|TB||Alex Colome||Steve Cishek/Ryan Stanek/Brad Boxberger/Tommy Hunter/Dan Jennnigs/Sergio Romo||Xavier Cedeno||Brad Boxberger|
|TEX||Alex Claudio||Matt Bush/Jose Leclerc/Jason Grilli/Keone Kela||Jake Diekman||Keone Kela|
|TOR||Roberto Osuna||Danny Barnes/Ryan Tepera||Joe Biagini||Danny Barnes|
|WSH||Sean Doolittle||Sammy Solis/Enny Romero/Matt Albers/Ryan Madson/Brandon Kintzler||Koda Glover/Shawn Kelley||Ryan Madson|
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