With the 2017 MLB regular season just days away from ending, this will be the last Closer Report until next year. It’s been another crazy season for closers and, hopefully, we have learned that spending a high draft pick or a significant amount of your auction budget on a closer just isn’t worth it. It didn’t matter if it was a top end closer or one with minimal job security, their job wasn’t safe. Once again, more than half the closers with the job on Opening Day lost their jobs for one reason or another by the All-Star break. This is a continual theme season after season. One thing is for sure; it’s never boring in the ninth inning. It’s been a fun ride and we will be back in February for the start of the 2018 MLB season. Good luck to all of those who are competing to win their league’s title this week and congratulations to all that have already won.
Baltimore Orioles: Zach Britton and Aroldis Chapman may be the poster children for why you should be very careful when it comes to drafting closers. They both entered the season as Top 5 closers but neither has performed up to expectations, thanks to injuries and subpar performances. Chapman has his job back and looks back to normal, but Britton has been shut down for the remainder of the season due to a sprained knee. Brad Brach could notch another save or two this week.
Kansas City Royals: Joakim Soria has returned from his oblique injury but it doesn’t look like he will garner any save chances even though the Royals have gone with a committee approach to the ninth inning. Kelvin Herrera struggled mightily in September. Perhaps the long season caught up with him. Scott Alexander seems to be heading that committee but at this point that matters very little.
New York Mets: Although there haven’t been any announcements, it looks like Jeurys Familia has taken back his closer job from A.J. Ramos. It’s not that Ramos has done anything wrong, it’s just that Familia is expected to close for the Mets next season. They seem to feel he is throwing the ball well and wanted to return him to the role as soon as possible, even if it is the last week of the regular season. Hey, it’s the Mets. This is an organization that thought it was imperative that Noah Syndergaard start a game in the majors before the season concluded as well.
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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||Brad Brach||Mychal Givens/Brad Brach||Zach Britton||Darren O' Day|
|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||Juan Minaya||Chris Beck/Jake Petricka/Gregory Infante/Danny Farquhar||Nate Jones||Jake Petricka|
|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||Andrew Miller|
|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/Tyler Clippard/Will Harris||Luke Gregerson|
|KC||Scott Alexander||Brandon Maurer/Mike Minor/Kelvn Herrera/Scott Alexaner/Joakim Soria||Brandon Maurer|
|LAA||Blake Parker||Kenyan Middleton/Cam Bedrosian/Bud Norris/Yusmeiro Petit||Kenyan Middleton||Huston Street/Andrew Bailey||Cam Bedrosian|
|LAD||Kenley Jansen||Tony Watson/Pedro Baez/Josh Fields/Tony Cingrani||Tony Watson|
|MIA||Kyle Barraclough||Junicha Tazawa/Brad Ziegler||Kyle Barraclough||Brad Ziegler|
|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||Jeurys Familia||Hansel Robles/Erik Goeddel/Fernando Salas/Jerry Blevins/A.J Ramos||A.J. Ramos|
|NYY||Aroldis Chapman||Dellin Betances/Adam Warren/Chad Green/David Robertson/Tommy Kahnle||Dellin Betances|
|OAK||Blake Treinen||Santiago Casilla/Liam Hendricks/Ryan Dull/Chris Hatcher||Santiago Casilla|
|PHI||Hector Neris||Luis Garcia/Adam Morgan||Luis Garcia|
|PIT||Felipe Rivero||Daniel Hudson/Joaquin Benoit||Daniel Hudson|
|STL||Juan Nicasio||Kevin Siegrist/Matt Bowman/Brett Cecil/Seung Hwan Oh||Matt Bowman||Trevor Rosenthal||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/David Phelps||Shae Simmons||Tony Zych||Nick Vincent|
|TB||Alex Colome||Steve Cishek/Ryan Stanek/Brad Boxberger/Tommy Hunter/Dan Jennnigs/Sergio Romo||Xavier Cedeno||Brad Boxberger|
|TEX||Alex Claudio||Jose Leclerc/Jason Grilli/Keone Kela/Matt Bush/Jake Diekman||Keone Kela|
|TOR||Roberto Osuna||Danny Barnes/Ryan Tepera||Joe Biagini||Danny Barnes|
|WSH||Sean Doolittle||Sammy Solis/Enny Romero/Matt Albers/Shawn Kelley/Brandon Kintzler/Ryan Madson||Koda Glover||Brandon Kintzler|
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