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Saves are an important component for many fantasy baseball leagues. Closers are one of the most volatile positions in fantasy baseball, and one of the highest turnover positions in MLB. Each year, closers drop like flies and many MLB teams make in-season changes due to injuries or poor performance. Stay on top of all closer depth charts for the AL and NL, and dominate in saves this year.

We will be updating the MLB Closers & Saves Depth Charts every day, all season long. Be sure to also check out these quick-hit notes from @IAmRickGraham summarizing the biggest bullpen news from around MLB:

  • 8/14/2018 - Ryan Madson has been placed on the DL, and Koda Glover was officially announced as the fill-in closer.
  • 8/14/2018 - Bud Norris is dealing with a hip issue, and blew his last save. Jordan Hicks nailed down the save and may see more chances going forward. This is a situation to monitor closely.
  • 8/13/2018 - Ryan Madson is dealing with some nagging injuries, and imploded last night to lose the game. Koda Glover may see some saves chances instead.
  • 8/12/2018 - Trevor Hildenberger picked up his first save last night despite allowing two earned runs. He's also been scored on multiple times in his three previous outings prior to last night. If you are desperate for saves, Hildenberger is looking like the lead guy in the Twin Cities, however Reed may be the better long term option still.
  • 8/10/2018 - Kenley Jansen has been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and will miss about a month. Scott Alexander picked up a save in his absence last night and is the best add right now. Pedro Baez and Dylan Floro may also see save chances.
  • 8/9/2018 - Fernando Rodney was traded to the Athletics, where he will lose all fantasy value. Trevor Hildenberger, Addison Reed, and Taylor Rogers are the top candidate to replace Rodney as the Twins closer although none of the three are most adds at this moment. Reed will probably get the first crack due to experience, although he's missed time with injuries this year and hasn't been effective when healthy.
  • 8/7/2018 - Kelvin Herrera was removed with a right shoulder injury and will have an MRI. It's unknown how serious the injury is, but Ryan Madson will fill in as the closer and is worth an add in most leagues.
  • 8/7/2018 - Kyle Barraclough has been removed from the closer's role. Drew SteckenriderJavy GuerraTayron Guerrero and Adam Conley may all be in the mix for saves with Steckenrider the favorite.
  • 8/5/2018 - Anthony Swarzak was placed on the DL with shoulder inflammation. Robert Gsellman is expected to see the majority of saves chances.
  • 7/31/2018 - As expected, Jake Diekman was traded to the Diamondbacks. Jose Leclerc is expected to see the first saves chances as the new Rangers closer, although Alex Claudio could be in the mix as well.
  • 7/30/2018 - The Rangers traded Keone Kela to the Pirates, where he should immediately slot in front of closer Felipe Vazquez and all but kills his fantasy value outside of hold leagues. Jake Diekman would have received the save chance, however, he is expected to be on the move making Jose Leclerc or Alex Claudio the most likely closing options moving forward. Given the year Leclerc is having, he'd far and away be the preferred waiver.
  • 7/30/2018 - The Astros and Blue Jays swap of Roberto Osuna and Ken Giles should have a positive impact on both pitchers. Osuna should have been owned for some time now, while Giles is worthy of an add in most leagues with manager John Gibbons announcing that Giles will get a chance to close. Both relievers have been dominant in the past and can be top tier closers to finish the season.
  • 7/29/2018 - Brad Brach has been traded to the Braves, leaving Mychal Givens as the next man up. Givens expected to see saves chances for the Orioles moving forward.
  • 7/29/2018 - Anthony Swarzak nailed down his second save in a row for the Mets, and looks like the guy to own for those in deeper leagues chasing saves.
  • 7/26/2018 - Joakim Soria was traded to the Brewers and should work in some type of middle relief/set up role. Most speculation leads to Jace Fry as Soria's replacement, but don't be surprised to see Juan Minaya in the role again.
  • 7/24/2018 - Zach Britton was traded to the Yankees, where he will set up closer Aroldis Chapman. Brad Brach will fill in as the Orioles closer in the meantime, but is a trade candidate himself making Mychal Givens an interesting stash in deeper leagues.

 

Check out even more articles on closers, setup men, and bullpen updates here:

 

AL EAST: 2018 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds  Candidates Immediate Waiver Add
Solid Yankees Aroldis Chapman Dellin BetancesZach Britton Chad GreenDavid Robertson N/A
Solid Red Sox Craig Kimbrel Matt Barnes Heath Hembree N/A
Volatile Blue Jays Ken Giles Ryan Tepera, Tyler Clippard John Axford Ken Giles
Questionable Orioles Mychal Givens Paul Fry Mike Wright Jr. Mychal Givens
Solid Rays Sergio Romo Jose Alvarado  Diego Castillo N/A

 

AL CENTRAL: 2018 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Candidates
Immediate Waiver Add
Solid Tigers Shane Greene Joe Jimenez Louis Coleman, Alex Wilson N/A
Committee White Sox Luis Avilan  Jeanmar Gomez, Jace Fry Thyago Viera, Xavier Cedeno, Nate Jones (INJ) N/A
Questionable Indians Cody Allen Andrew Miller (INJ), Brad Hand Adam CimberNeil Ramirez N/A
Solid Royals Wily Peralta Kevin McCarthy Tim HillBrandon Maurer N/A
Volatile Twins Addison Reed, Trevor Hildenberger Taylor Rogers Trevor May N/A

 

AL WEST: 2018 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Candidates
Immediate Waiver Add
Questionable Rangers Jose Leclerc Alex Claudio Cory Gearrin Jose Leclerc
Solid Angels Blake Parker Justin Anderson Cam Bedrosian N/A
Solid Athletics Blake Treinen Jeurys Familia, Lou Trivino Ryan Buchter, Emilio Pagan N/A
Questionable Astros Hector Rondon Roberto Osuna, Chris DevenskiRyan Pressly Brad Peacock, Will Harris, Collin McHugh Roberto Osuna
Solid Mariners Edwin Diaz Alex Colome James Pazos, Juan Nicasio N/A

 

NL EAST: 2018 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Candidates
Immediate Waiver Add
Solid Braves A.J. Minter Dan WinklerBrad Brach  Shane CarleArodys Vizcaino (INJ) N/A
Committee Marlins Drew SteckenriderJavy Guerra Adam Conley, Tayron Guerrero Kyle Barraclough (INJ) Drew Steckenrider, Javy Guerra
Questionable Mets Robert Gsellman Seth Lugo Bobby WahlAnthony Swarzak (INJ) Robert Gsellman
Solid Phillies Seranthony Dominguez Victor Arano Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek N/A
Volatile Nationals Kelvin Herrera (INJ), Ryan Madson (INJ) Koda Glover, Justin Miller Greg Holland, Sean Doolittle (INJ) Koda Glover

 

NL CENTRAL: 2018 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Candidates
Immediate Waiver Add
Questionable Cubs Pedro StropBrandon Morrow (INJ) C.J. Edwards, Steve Cishek Justin Wilson, Brandon Kintzler Pedro Strop
Solid Reds Raisel Iglesias Jared HughesMichael Lorenzen David HernandezAmir Garrett N/A
Volatile Brewers Corey Knebel Josh HaderJeremy Jeffress Joakim Soria Jeremy Jeffress
Solid Pirates Felipe Vazquez Keone Kela Edgar SantanaKyle Crick N/A
Questionable Cardinals Bud Norris Jordan Hicks
John Brebbia Jordan Hicks

 

NL West: 2018 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Candidates
Immediate Waiver Add
Solid Diamondbacks Brad Boxberger Archie BradleyBrad Ziegler Yoshihisa Hirano, Jake Diekman N/A
Solid Rockies Wade Davis Adam Ottavino Jake McGee, Seung Hwan-Oh N/A
Committee Dodgers Scott AlexanderKenley Jansen (INJ) Pedro Baez, John Axford Dylan Floro, Erik Goeddel Scott Alexander
Solid Padres Kirby Yates Craig Stammen Phil Maton, Matt Strahm Kirby Yates
Solid Giants Will Smith Mark Melancon Tony Watson, Sam Dyson N/A




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