Closing Time 6/4: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday
Light pink row designates Closer By Committee
- Craig Kimbrel watch is officially back on now that the MLB draft has begun, with the latest rumors pointing to the Cubs, Braves, Twins, Rays, Phillies and Brewers as teams interested in his services. All six teams, all contenders, would be great for his fantasy value so assuming Kimbrel signs by the end of the week, we should see him return as a top 10 closer by the end of the month.
- With Jordan Hicks getting pulled early from his most recent save chance, not to mention the emergence of John Gant plus the presence of Carlos Martinez in the bullpen, Hicks’ grasp on the closer role is seemingly on thin ice. I had originally ranked Shane Greene ahead of Hicks but now that we are in June, but it’s about time to start considering the trade deadline impact for relievers. I’d certainly give Hicks higher odds at holding on to the closer role than Greene staying with the Tigers. Outside of this recent rough patch, Hicks has been great this year and even has a lower FIP and xFIP than Greene. I’ll still take a chance on his upside still over Greene, who has about a 50/50 chance of closing after this year’s trade deadline. Starting with Greene and ending with Alex Colome, I can all four being dealt at the deadline.
- Despite the Twins success, the team has had its struggles in the bullpen this season, and still don’t seem set on a closer. Blake Parker and Taylor Rogers each have 2 saves over the past month and neither one is doing much outside of the save department, which warrants ownership in 10-12 teamers at the moment. The team has also been linked to Craig Kimbrel, and clearly wants to upgrade their bullpen, so neither Rogers or Parker may be in position for save chances in about two months anyway.
- In your weekly Red Sox closer update, Brandon Workman was the only Sox reliever to pick up a save this week and I suppose should be considered the favorite for saves for now.