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Cody Allen Looking to Achieve Elite Closer Status in 2016

With the AL completely stacked with elite relief arms, Cody Allen has been quietly building up the resume of an top-flight closer. His 2015 ERA was up nearly a run from last year's 2.07 mark, but his FIP of 1.82 was tops in all of baseball.

Allen has blossomed into a commanding presence in the back end of the bullpen for the Indians since taking over from Chris Perez after the 2013 season. He finished 2015 with a new personal best in saves (34), and saw his strikeout rate and total grow for the third year in a row. Allen also walked 47% fewer batters during the second half than he did during the first. Entering his age-27 season, there is a decent chance we still haven't seen Allen's best work. Our 12th-ranked closer is primed to push himself into the top 10 picture, especially if the Indians can build upon their 81-win 2015. He has the skills to save as many games as the Indians can toss his way.