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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:

  • 9/20/2018 - Paul Sewald grabbed the save last night, but it came in the 12th inning after Robert Gsellman had already pitched.
  • 9/19/2018 - Hector Neris grabbed the save here tonight, in what looks to be a fully blown committee situation along with Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter.
  • 9/19/2018 - Brandon Morrow is officially done for the season, and Pedro Strop is on the DL with a hamstring injury. This is a committee situation with Steve Cishek, CJ Edwards, Justin Wilson and possibly others.
  • 9/17/2018 - Ty Buttrey grabbed the save, and has now converted the last three save opportunities for the Angels. He looks like the closer to own down the stretch for those chasing saves.
  • 9/16/2018 - Steve Cishek was called in to get the last out of the game, and he nailed down the save. This looks to be a matchup-based closer situation until someone emerges from the pack.
  • 9/15/2018 - Nate Jones nailed down the save after Jace Fry pitched the 8th inning. Both are candidates for saves down the stretch for those in deeper leagues.
  • 9/15/2018 - Arodys Vizcaino was activated from the DL, but is unexpected to see saves chances down the home stretch.
  • 9/14/2018 - Pedro Strop injured his hamstring, and is expected to hit the DL. It's unclear who will close but options include Steve Cishek, CJ Edwards and Justin Wilson.
  • 9/11/2018 - Jake Diekman was called upon to start the 9th in a save situation, but after letting a couple runners on it was Yoshihisa Hirano who nailed down the save.
  • 9/10/2018 - Carlos Martinez nailed down another save, and looks like the preferred option for saves going forward.
  • 9/10/2018 - Scott Alexander got the save with Kenley Jansen still unavailable until early next week. Both him and Kenta Maeda should continue seeing any save chances for now, based on matchups.
  • 9/10/2018 - Brad Boxberger was officially removed from the closer's role after a few rocky outings. It's unknown who will get the saves, but we've flagged it as a committee for now. Based on recent usage and results, Yoshihisa Hirano may be the first man up.
  • 9/9/2018 - Carlos Martinez nailed down his 2nd save of the year, while Jordan Hicks worked as the setup man in the 8th inning to grab the hold.
  • 9/7/2018 - Tommy Hunter nailed down his 4th save of the year, while Seranthony Dominguez was used in the 8th inning. He's worth a speculative add in deeper leagues chasing saves.

 

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 BetancesDavid Robertson Zach Britton, N/A
Solid Red Sox Craig Kimbrel Ryan Brasier Bobby Poyner, Steven Wright N/A
Solid Blue Jays Ken Giles Ryan Tepera, Tyler Clippard N/A
Solid Orioles Mychal Givens Paul Fry Tanner Scott, Miguel Castro N/A
Solid Rays Sergio Romo Jose Alvarado, Chaz Roe Adam Kolarek N/A

 

AL CENTRAL: 2018 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Candidates
Immediate Waiver Add
Questionable Tigers Shane Greene Joe Jimenez Louis Coleman, Alex Wilson N/A
Committee White Sox Juan Minaya, Nate Jones Jace Fry Jeanmar Gomez Nate Jones
Committee Indians Brad Hand, Cody Allen Andrew Miller Oliver Perez, Neil Ramirez N/A
Solid Royals Wily Peralta Brandon Maurer Tim Hill N/A
Questionable Twins 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
Solid Rangers Jose Leclerc Conor Sadzeck Alex Claudio, Chris Martin N/A
Questionable Angels Ty Buttrey Blake Parker Justin Anderson, Cam Bedrosian Ty Buttrey
Solid Athletics Blake Treinen Jeurys Familia, Lou Trivino Ryan Buchter, Fernando Rodney, Yusmeiro Petit N/A
Solid Astros Roberto Osuna Hector Rondon, Ryan Pressly Collin McHugh, Will Harris N/A
Solid Mariners Edwin Diaz Alex Colome Shawn Armstrong, Nick Vincent 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 A.J. Minter Brad BrachDan Winkler Arodys Vizcaino, Jonny Venters, Shane Carle N/A
Questionable Marlins Drew Steckenrider Adam Conley, Tayron Guerrero Drew RucinskiKyle Barraclough N/A
Committee Mets Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo Drew Smith Jerry Blevins N/A
Committee Phillies Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek Seranthony Dominguez Edubray Ramos, Hector Neris N/A
Solid Nationals Sean Doolittle Greg Holland, Justin Miller Koda Glover, Matt Grace N/A

 

NL CENTRAL: 2018 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Candidates
Immediate Waiver Add
Committee Cubs Steve Cishek, Jesse Chavez Jorge De La Rosa, Randy Rosario Justin Wilson, Carl Edwards Jr. Steve Cishek, Justin Wilson
Solid Reds Raisel Iglesias Jared HughesMichael Lorenzen David HernandezAmir Garrett N/A
Questionable Brewers Jeremy Jeffress Josh Hader, Corey Knebel Joakim Soria, Xavier Cedeno N/A
Solid Pirates Felipe Vazquez Richard Rodriguez Edgar SantanaKyle Crick N/A
Solid Cardinals Carlos Martinez Jordan Hicks Dakota Hudson N/A

 

NL West: 2018 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Candidates
Immediate Waiver Add
Volatile Diamondbacks Yoshihisa Hirano Brad ZieglerJake Diekman Archie Bradley, Andrew Chafin Yoshihisa Hirano
Solid Rockies Wade Davis Adam Ottavino, Scott Oberg Seung Hwan-Oh, Yency Almonte N/A
Solid Dodgers Kenley Jansen Kenta MaedaScott Alexander Caleb Ferguson, Dylan Floro, Pedro Baez N/A
Solid Padres Kirby Yates Craig Stammen, Jose Castillo Matt Strahm, Trey Wingenter N/A
Committee Giants Will SmithMark Melancon Tony Watson Hunter Strickland, Reyes Moronta N/A




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