Chicago White Sox: The first save for the White Sox this season went to Joakim Soria. This is not a surprise as Soria was expected to get the first shot at the job. This doesn’t mean that you should release Nate Jones. The worst-case scenario is that Jones will protect your ratios (WHIP and ERA), but he is still expected to get his share of saves this season. At this point in their careers, Jones is the better reliever and via trade or poor performance, he should get his shot at the job before long.
So more or less 3 closer changes on Opening Day (TEX, STL, SF). Going to be a long season of turnover in closers.
— Peter Schoenke (@PeterSchoenke) March 30, 2018
Detroit Tigers: If you own Shane Greene, don’t panic about his less than stellar start. Sure, he has given up three runs (two earned) and five hits in 1.7 IP so far this season, but the truth is that the Tigers just don’t have anyone else to take over the job. It’s Greene or bust.
Los Angeles Angels: Who is the closer for the Angels right now? It’s not Cam Bedrosian, as he was used in the seventh inning in his most recent appearance. Technically, it’s Blake Parker but he has been nothing short of awful in the early going this season, and he may be holding onto the job by a string. He had to be replaced by Kenyan Middleton in his most recent appearance Sunday. This is a mess. Manager Mike Scioscia doesn’t trust Bedrosian in the role, Parker doesn’t seem suited for it, and Middleton may have the stuff to close, but his habit of giving up the long ball surely scares Scioscia. This is a situation worth avoiding if at all possible.
Los Angeles Dodgers: What is wrong with Kenley Jansen? In his first outing of the season, he didn’t hit 90 MPH on the radar gun. Last night, the velocity was better, 91-92, but he was also observed rubbing his shoulder in the dugout and blew the save versus Arizona. This could all be nothing; perhaps he is going through a dead arm period. Fantasy owners may want to cover themselves and claim Josh Fields just in case this “dead arm” is actually an injury.
Philadelphia Phillies: Hector Neris is another one of those closers with low job security who struggled out of the gate. It concerns some Fantasy owners, and rightfully so, that manager Gabe Kapler doesn’t seem to have much confidence in Neris, or really any of his relievers at this point. The problem is that half of the closers in MLB are in the same boat.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Felipe Rivero rebounded nicely during Sunday’s doubleheader after bombing Opening Day. He picked up saves in both games and should be just fine going forward. There was a reason he was a Top 10 closer at draft time.
St. Louis Cardinals: The Cardinals made the move that some would say they had to make. They signed Greg Holland to be their closer. Dominic Leone will close out for the remainder of this week but if all goes as planned, Holland will take over the role Monday. Congratulations to all of those Fantasy owners who selected him in their draft, as he could end up being one of the better closers in the game this season.
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|Team||Closer||Bullpen||Deep Potential||DL||Top Hold Reliever|
|ARI||Brad Boxberger||Archie Bradley/Yoshihisa Hirano/Fernando Salas||Archie Bradley|
|ATL||Arodys Vizcaino||Jose Ramirez/A.J. Minter||A.J. Minter||Jose Ramirez|
|BAL||Brad Brach||Mychal Givens/Darren O'Day/Miguel Castro||Miguel Castro||Zach Britton||Darren O' Day|
|BOS||Craig Kimbrel||Matt Barnes/Heath Hembree/Joe Kelly/Tyler Thornburg/Carson Smith||Tyler Thornburg||Joe Kelly|
|CHC||Brandon Morrow||Carl Edwards/Pedro Strop/Steve Cishek/Justin Wilson||Carl Edwards||Justin Wilson|
|CHW||Joakim Soria||Danny Farquhar/Juan Minaya/Nate Jones||Juan Minaya||Nate Jones|
|CIN||Raisel Iglesias||David Hernandez/Michael Lorenzen/Wandy Peralta/Kevin Shackelford||David Hernandez|
|CLE||Cody Allen||Andrew Miller/Nick Goody/Zach McAllister||Andrew Miller|
|COL||Wade Davis||Adam Ottavino/Bryan Shaw/Jake McGee||Adam Ottavino||Bryan Shaw|
|DET||Shane Green||Joe Jimenez/Alex Wilson||Joe Jimenez||Alex Wilson|
|HOU||Ken Giles||Chris Devinski/Joe Smith/Will Harris/Hector Rondon/Brad Peacock||Chris Devinski||Chris Devinski|
|KC||Kelvin Herrera||Brandon Maurer/Wily Peralta||Brandon Maurer|
|LAA||Blake Parker||Cam Bedrosian/Kenyan Middleton/Jim Johnson||Kenyan Middleton||Cam Bedrosian|
|LAD||Kenley Jansen||Pedro Baez/Josh Fields/Scott Alexander||Josh Fields|
|MIA||Brad Ziegler||Kyle Barraclough/Junichi Tazawa/Jarlin Garcia/Drew Steckenrider||Drew Steckenrider||Kyle Barraclough|
|MIL||Corey Knebel||Jeremy Jeffress/Jacob Barnes/Matt Albers||Josh Hader||Jacob Barnes|
|MIN||Fernando Rodney||Addison Reed/Taylor Rogers/Zach Duke||Addison Reed|
|NYM||Jeurys Familia||A.J Ramos/Jeremy Blevins||Anthony Swarzak||A.J. Ramos|
|NYY||Aroldis Chapman||Dellin Betances/Adam Warren/Chad Green/David Robertson/Tommy Kahnle||David Robertson|
|OAK||Blake Treinen||Santiago Casilla/Yusemiro Petit/Chris Hatcher||Ryan Dull||Ryan Dull||Santiago Casilla|
|PHI||Hector Neris||Luis Garcia/Tommy Hunter/Pat Neshek||Luis Garcia||Pat Neshek|
|PIT||Felipe Rivero||George Kontos/Michael Feliz||George Kontos|
|STL||Dominic Leone||Matt Bowman/Tyler Lyons/Bud Norris/Brett Cecil||Luke Gregerson||Bud Norris|
|SD||Brad Hand||Kirby Yates/Kazuhisa Makita||Kazuhisa Makita||Kirby Yates|
|SF||Hunter Strickland||Sam Dyson/Tony Watson||Sam Dyson||Mark Melancon||Sam Dyson|
|SEA||Edwin Diaz||Juan Nicasio/Nick Vincent||Juan Nicasio|
|TB||Alex Colome||Dan Jennings/Sergio Romo||Sergio Romo|
|TEX||Keone Kela||Alex Claudio/Jake Diekman/Matt Bush/Kevin Jepsen||Kevin Jepsen|
|TOR||Roberto Osuna||Danny Barnes/Ryan Tepera/Aaron Loup/Seung-Hwan Oh||Ryan Tepera|
|WSH||Sean Doolittle||Brandon Kintzler/Ryan Madson/Shawn Kelley||Koda Glover||Koda Glover||Brandon Kintzler|
Joakim Soria Photo Credit: AP Photo/Orlin Wagner