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Fantasy Baseball 2019: Find saves sleepers with our Closer Depth Chart

Sporting News — (Matt Lutovsky)

Just when you thought committees were ruining the closer position, last year brought us the "opener", further throwing our closer depth chart into flux. It's bad enough fantasy baseball owners have to deal with constant trade rumors, injuries, and demotions concerning relief pitchers, but committees and openers could completely change the way RPs are valued. That's not necessarily a bad thing if every team has the same philosophy concerning saves, but when you can't figure out what a manager is thinking it makes it tough to draft and/or pick up the best closers, handcuffs, and middle reliever sleepers.

Nevertheless, we do our best to sort through it all and help you keep up to date on each ninth-inning situation throughout the year. We'll list the current closer (or committee) and next-in-line, as well as any injury, trade notes, or cold streaks you should be aware of. Several of these situations are up in the air in spring training, and those are marked below. We'll continue to update this chart all season long, so bookmark this page and check back for all the changes throughout the spring and season.

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Even if we don't know exactly what's going happen in every bullpen, we do know there will be upheaval. We also know that as long as saves are a stat in fantasy leagues, staying ahead of your competition and picking up the "next-the-line" behind a struggling closer just might be the difference between a weak showing in saves and winning the category.

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Fantasy Baseball Closer Depth Chart

* - Injured | ^ - Trade bait | Hot seat

Arizona Diamondbacks (Closer Battle)

Closer: Archie Bradley | Handcuff: Greg Holland

Atlanta Braves

Closer: Arodys Vizcaino | Handcuff: A.J. Minter* (shoulder, out indefinitely) | Short-term Handcuff: Dan Winkler

Baltimore Orioles (Closer Battle)

Closer: Mychal Givens | Handcuff: Richard Bleier

Boston Red Sox (Closer Battle)

Closer: Matt Barnes | Handcuff: Ryan Brasier

Chicago Cubs

Closer: Brandon Morrow* (biceps, late-April return) | Short-term: Pedro Strop | Handcuff: Steve Cishek

Chicago White Sox

Closer: Alex Colome | Handcuff: Kelvin Herrera

Cincinnati Reds

Closer: Raisel Iglesias | Handcuff: Jared Hughes

Cleveland Indians

Closer: Brad Hand | Handcuff: Adam Climber

Colorado Rockies

Closer: Wade Davis | Handcuff: Seung Hwan Oh

Detroit Tigers

Closer: Shane Greene | HandcuffJoe Jimenez

Houston Astros

Closer: Roberto Osuna | Handcuff: Ryan Pressly

Kansas City Royals (Closer Battle)

Closer: Brad Boxberger | Handcuff: Wily Peralta

Los Angeles Angels

Closer: Cody Allen | Handcuff: Ty Buttrey

Los Angeles Dodgers

Closer: Kenley Jansen | Handcuff: Joe Kelly

Miami Marlins (Closer Battle)

Closer: Sergio Romo | Handcuff: Drew Steckenrider/Adam Conley

Milwaukee Brewers

Closer: Corey Knebel* (elbow, out indefinitely) | Short-term closer: Josh Hader | Handcuff: Jeremy Jeffress* (shoulder, mid-/late-April return)

Minnesota Twins (Closer Battle)

Closer: Trevor May | Handcuff: Blake Parker/Taylor Rogers

New York Mets

Closer: Edwin Diaz | Handcuff: Jeurys Familia

New York Yankees

Closer: Aroldis Chapman | Handcuff: Zack Britton

Oakland Athletics

Closer: Blake Treinen | Handcuff: Joakim Soria

Philadelphia Phillies

Closer: David Robertson | Handcuff: Seranthony Dominguez

Pittsburgh Pirates

Closer: Felipe Vazquez | Handcuff: Keone Kela

San Diego Padres

Closer: Kirby Yates | Handcuff: Craig Stammen

San Francisco Giants (Closer Battle)

Closer: Will Smith | Handcuff: Mark Melancon

Seattle Mariners (Closer Battle)

Closer: Hunter Strickland | Handcuff: Anthony Swarzak* (shoulder, mid-/late-April return) | Short-term handcuff: Zac Rosscup

St. Louis Cardinals (Closer Battle)

Closer: Jordan Hicks | Handcuff: Andrew Miller

Tampa Bay Rays (Closer Battle)

Closer: Jose Alvarado |  Handcuff: Diego Castillo

Texas Rangers

Closer: Jose LeClerc l Handcuff: Shawn Kelley

Toronto Blue Jays

Closer: Ken Giles | Handcuff: Ryan Tepera

Washington Nationals

Closer: Sean Doolittle | Handcuff: Kyle Barraclough