Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart (last updated Aug. 30)
The chart below breaks down all 30 major-league teams' bullpens in terms of relievers' proximity to the closer role, not their overall fantasy value. Teams are listed in alphabetical order.
"CLOSER" is either that team's officially designated closer, or the pitcher most likely to get the team's next save chance. "NEXT UP" is the pitcher next-most likely to take over if something happens to the closer, or the one who might get any save chances on the closer's nights off. "SLEEPER" is a dark-horse candidate for saves, for those digging deep. These pitchers typically don't pose an imminent threat to the closer's job security, but might, given time. "SETUP" is a setup man who, while an option for a save chance on the closer's night off, isn't traditionally regarded as a natural next-man-up. "FUTURE" is a closer prospect for that particular team, currently working in the minors. "LOOMING" is a pitcher who would be that team's closer, if circumstances (such as an injury, designated as "Inj.," or suspension) weren't currently preventing it.