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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 @DavidMarcillo77 looking at the biggest offseason bullpen news from around MLB:

  • 4/25: Manager Brad Ausmus has said that Cody Allen is out as the closer in Anaheim. Allen had a 5.40 ERA and a somehow-even-worse 8.16 FIP and his leash has officially run out. The Angels pen is squarely in Volatile territory now. Ausmus has said it's going to be a committee approach, but the smart money is on Ty Buttrey as the pick up despite Buttrey blowing the save Wednesday night. Buttrey came into a bases loaded 7th inning after Luis Garcia made a mess of a 5-2 lead. Buttrey allowed a sac fly and a fielders choice which tied the game. After pitching a clean 8th with two strikeouts, Buttrey was left in for one inning too long by Ausmus and he let up the go-ahead run. He still struck out three with zero walks and just two hits allowed. Overall, Buttrey still has pretty shiny peripherals. Allen can be safely dropped in most leagues now.
  • 4/24: Shaky closer situations and outright committees include the Mariners, Phillies, Marlins, Royals, Braves, Red Sox and Orioles. There may be saves available on the waiver wire, see below grid.
  • 4/23: Jose Leclerc, Rangers closer, has been struggling as well, putting up a 7.88 ERA with an almost matching 7.87 FIP. There's less reason for concern here, however, because Leclerc showed excellent signs last season and some of his peripherals show that he's likely just in a slump. It could be a nice time to try to buy-low on a guy who should be a solid fantasy producer going forward.
  • 4/23: Emilio Pagan jumped into the mix in the Rays bullpen, picking up his second save in a row on Tuesday. He was mostly working the ninth because Jose Alvarado and Diego Castillo were given two days of rest, but it shows who might be next in line in Tampa.
  • 4/21: Hector Neris picked up his third save this weekend, and now has gone nine straight games without allowing a run. He's as much a closer as the Phillies have at this point.
  • 4/21: Anthony Swarzak took the ninth inning and allowed a run, but earned the save. It's yet another sign that the Mariners bullpen cannot be predicted this season.
  • 4/21: Taylor Rogers picked up a save this weekend, but it was only because Blake Parker wasn't feeling well. Rogers is certainly next up, but Parker should get most of the saves in Minnesota as long as he keeps pitching well.

Be sure to also read our other articles on closers, setup men, and bullpens here:


AL EAST: 2019 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 (INJ), Adam Ottavino Chad Green, Zach Britton N/A
Volatile Red Sox Ryan Brasier, Matt Barnes Marco Hernandez, Heath Hembree Tyler Thornburg, Brandon Workman Ryan Brasier
Solid Blue Jays Ken Giles Joe BiaginiRyan Tepera Danny Barnes N/A
Committee Orioles Mychal GivensPaul Fry Richard Bleier (INJ), Miguel Castro Mike Wright, Evan Phillips N/A
Solid Rays Jose Alvarado Diego Castillo Chaz Roe, Ryne Stanek N/A


AL CENTRAL: 2019 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Immediate Waiver Add
Solid Tigers Shane Greene Joe Jimenez Blaine Hardy, Daniel Stumpf N/A
Solid White Sox Alex Colome Kelvin Herrera Nate Jones, Jace Fry N/A
Solid Indians Brad Hand Adam Cimber, Alex Wilson Dan Otero, Neil Ramirez N/A
Volatile Royals Wily Peralta Ian KennedyBrad Boxberger, Jake Diekman Tim Hill, Richard Lovelady Wily Peralta
Solid Twins Blake Parker Taylor RogersTrevor Hildenberger Trevor May, Addison Reed Blake Parker


AL WEST: 2019 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Immediate Waiver Add
Solid Rangers Jose Leclerc Jesse ChavezShawn Kelley Chris Martin, Nick Gardewine N/A
Volatile Angels Ty Buttrey, Hansel Robles Luis Garcia Cody Allen, Cam Bedrosian, Noe Ramirez Ty Buttrey
Solid Athletics Blake Treinen Joakim Soria Ryan Buchter, Fernando Rodney N/A
Solid Astros Roberto Osuna Hector Rondon, Ryan Pressly Chris Devenski N/A
Volatile Mariners Roenis Elias, Anthony Swarzak Cory Gearrin, Nick Rumbelow Connor SadzeckMatthew FestaChasen Bradford (INJ) Roenis Elias


NL EAST: 2019 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Immediate Waiver Add
Questionable Braves A.J. Minter Chad Sobotka Jonny Venters, Dan Winkler A.J. Minter
Questionable Marlins Sergio Romo Adam Conley, Drew Steckenrider Tayron Guerrero Sergio Romo
Solid Mets Edwin Diaz Jeurys Familia Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Paul Sewald N/A
Volatile Phillies David Robertson (INJ), Hector Neris Seranthony Dominguez Pat Neshek, Edubray Ramos Hector Neris
Solid Nationals Sean Doolittle Kyle Barraclough, Trevor Rosenthal Justin Miller, Koda Glover N/A


NL CENTRAL: 2019 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Immediate Waiver Add
Solid Cubs Pedro Strop Steve Cishek, Brad Brach Carl Edwards Jr., Brandon Kintzler N/A
Solid Reds Raisel Iglesias David HernandezJared Hughes Michael Lorenzen, Amir Garrett N/A
Questionable Brewers Josh Hader Jeremy Jeffress Alex Claudio N/A
Solid Pirates Felipe Vázquez Keone Kela Kyle Crick N/A
Solid Cardinals Jordan Hicks Andrew Miller Luke Gregerson, Jon Gant N/A


NL West: 2019 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Immediate Waiver Add
Solid Diamondbacks Greg Holland Archie BradleyYoshihisa Hirano Matt KochAndrew Chafin N/A
Solid Rockies Wade Davis Jake McGee, Seung Hwan Oh Bryan Shaw, Scott Oberg N/A
Solid Dodgers Kenley Jansen Joe Kelly Scott Alexander, J.T. Chargois N/A
Solid Padres Kirby Yates Craig Stammen Phil Maton, Matt Strahm N/A
Solid Giants Will Smith Mark Melancon, Tony Watson Sam Dyson N/A


Previous Closers and Saves News Updates

  • Roenis Elias got another save on Friday, and this time it was a much more straightforward one. He came into the ninth inning of a 5-3 game and got the last three outs. Elias is trending toward the top of the Seattle committee.
  • Arodys Vizcaino is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery to repair labrum damage and remove scar tissue. A.J. Minter should serve as the full-time closer in Atlanta and needs to be owned in all formats.
  • Phillies closer David Robertson has been placed in the IL as of Monday. Seranthony Dominguez and Hector Neris are expected to see save changes, but Pat Neshek and Jose Alvarez can be options as well. Even Victor Arano could jump into the mix as the Phillies continue to use an all hands on deck approach to their closer role. This is a fluid situation to monitor.
  • Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino has been placed in the IL as of Sunday morning. A.J. Minter should be added in all leagues where he is still available.
  • Blake Parker earned another save for the Twins after Taylor Rogers tossed the 8th inning. What was thought of as mostly-Parker-but-still-a-committee is quickly trending toward Parker taking over full time.
  • Anthony Swarzak looked like the arm to own in Seattle for a bit, but he came in to pitch the 8th inning of a tie game on Wednesday and it was Roenis Elias who earned the save (although he made it interesting.) Seattle is in full-on committee mode. Through 15 games, they've now had six different relievers earn a save, as Connor Sadzeck added his name to that list on Thursday.
  • The Mariners bullpen is one to watch with Hunter Strickland now hitting the IL in addition to Anthony Swarzak. Nick Rumbelow notched a save, but this is a volatile situation with lots of moving pieces.
  • Craig Kimbrel still hasn't signed, and now there are rumors ranging from, "he's about to sign" to, "he might sit out until mid-season." He'll automatically take over the closer's role on any team he joins (after a few "warm-up" outings), so keep an eye on him because he'll change several roles in any team's bullpen as soon as he signs. With injuries and ineffectiveness already popping up around the league, it's only a matter of time.
  • Jeremy Jeffress will be back in the Milwaukee bullpen soon, and even with as untouchable as Josh Hader has been, Jeffress figures to take over the ninth inning with Hader back in his fireman role.
  • The Red Sox are using Matt Barnes as their fireman, much like Josh Hader or before-last-season Andrew Miller. Barnes is likely the best pitcher in the Red Sox bullpen right now, so he'll get the toughest late-game innings, even if that isn't necessarily the ninth.
  • The Marlins are listening to offers on Drew Steckenrider and Adam Conley as a package to try to dump Wei-Yin Chen's awful contract on another team. Steckenrider and Conley are in the saves mix for the Marlins, but they won't be more than setup men or even middle relievers on other teams.