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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:

  • 7/19/2018 - Cubs closer Brandon Morrow was placed on the DL with right biceps inflammation. Steve Cishek, C.J. Edwards and Pedro Strop may all see saves chances. It is unclear right now who will get the first crack.
  • 7/19/2018 - Padres closer Brad Hand has been traded to the Indians. Kirby Yates is expected to be the closer in San Diego.
  • 7/15/2018 - Jordan Hicks picked up the save, although once again gave up a run in the process (his 4th outing in a row giving up runs). It's unclear if Bud Norris was dealing with an arm issue, or if Hicks will have a larger role with a new manager. This is a fluid situation to monitor.
  • 7/14/2018 Arodys Vizcaino has been placed on the DL again. A.J. Minter is likely to see the majority of saves chances, and Dan Winkler should be in the mix as well.
  • 7/11/2018 - Ken Giles has been sent to the minors, securing Hector Rondon's role as the team's closer for the time being.
  • 7/10/2018 - Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle has been placed on the DL with a toe injury and will be out until after the All-Star break. Kelvin Herrera will see saves chances while he’s out.
  • 7/9/2018 - Victor Arano was used as the closer in the first game of a doubleheader, but blew the game with a walk-off home run. In the second game of the doubleheader, he picked up the save. Seranthony Dominguez is still the preferred option, but Arano could see more saves chances as the Phillies tend to mix and match usage for Dominguez based on who's batting.
  • 7/9/2018 - Phillies relief pitcher Victor Arano picked up his second save within a three game span. This is a situation to monitor, as Seranthony Dominguez is sometimes used in earlier inning for high-leverage situations.
  • 7/2/2018 - Detroit Tigers closer Shane Greene has hit the DL with a shoulder injury. Joe Jimenez will fill in while Greene is out, and has been awesome this season outside of a recent rough patch. He should be picked up in all leagues as Greene is also a potential trade candidate this summer so Jimenez could have a chance to run with the job for good.
  • 7/1/2018 Will Smith got his second save tonight, and the second save in a row for the Giants. Mark Melancon actually started the ninth inning tonight in a non-save situation (the Giants were leading 9-5 at the time), but he gave up three hits and one earned run before getting yanked. That's when Smith was called in for the one out save.
  • 6/30/2018 - Blue Jays closer Ryan Tepera has hit the DL after blowing two saves. Tyler Clippard got the save last night and is expected to get saves chances in the near term, although Seung Hwan Oh is in the mix as well after getting the win tonight and being used in a typical closer situation. This is a fluid situation to monitor.

 

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 Betances Chad GreenDavid Robertson N/A
Solid Red Sox Craig Kimbrel Joe Kelly Matt Barnes N/A
Volatile Blue Jays Tyler Clippard Seung Hwan Oh, Ryan Tepera (INJ) John Axford, Roberto Osuna (SUS) Tyler Clippard
Questionable Orioles Zach Britton Brad Brach Darren O'Day (INJ), Mychal Givens N/A
Solid Rays Sergio Romo Jose Alvarado  Diego Castillo Sergio Romo

 

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 Joe Jimenez
Solid White Sox Joakim Soria Bruce Rondon Jace Fry N/A
Solid Indians Cody Allen Andrew Miller (INJ),

Brad Hand

Dan OteroNeil Ramirez N/A
Questionable Royals Wily Peralta Kevin McCarthy Tim HillBrandon Maurer Wily Peralta
Solid Twins Fernando Rodney Addison Reed Trevor Hildenberger, Ryan Pressly N/A

 

AL WEST: 2018 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Candidates
Immediate Waiver Add
Solid Rangers Keone Kela  Jose Leclerc Jake DiekmanAlex Claudio N/A
Solid Angels Blake Parker Justin Anderson Cam Bedrosian N/A
Solid Athletics Blake Treinen Lou Trivino Ryan Buchter, Emilio Pagan N/A
Questionable Astros Hector Rondon Chris Devenski Brad Peacock, Will Harris Hector Rondon
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
Questionable Braves Arodys Vizcaino (INJ) A.J. MinterDan Winkler  Shane Carle A.J. Minter
Solid Marlins Kyle Barraclough Drew Steckenrider Brad Ziegler N/A
Questionable Mets Jeurys Familia Robert Gsellman Anthony Swarzak N/A
Questionable Phillies Seranthony Dominguez Victor Arano, Edubray Ramos Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek N/A
Questionable Nationals Sean Doolittle (INJ), Kelvin Herrera Brandon Kintzler Ryan Madson Kelvin Herrera

 

 

NL CENTRAL: 2018 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Candidates
Immediate Waiver Add
Committee Cubs Brandon Morrow (INJ) Steve Cishek, C.J. Edwards, Pedro Strop Justin Wilson Steve Cishek, C.J. Edwards
Solid Reds Raisel Iglesias Jared HughesMichael Lorenzen David HernandezAmir Garrett N/A
Solid Brewers Corey Knebel Josh HaderJeremy Jeffress Jacob Barnes N/A
Solid Pirates Felipe Vazquez Kyle Crick Edgar Santana, Tyler Glasnow N/A
Questionable Cardinals Bud Norris Jordan Hicks
John Brebbia, Greg Holland  N/A

 

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 Bradley Yoshihisa Hirano N/A
Solid Rockies Wade Davis Adam Ottavino Jake McGee N/A
Solid Dodgers Kenley Jansen Josh Fields (INJ), Daniel Hudson Erik Goeddel, Scott Alexander N/A
Questionable Padres Kirby Yates Craig Stammen Phil Maton, Matt Strahm Kirby Yates
Committee Giants Will Smith, Sam Dyson Mark Melancon Tony Watson Will Smith




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