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  1. Ten players who could soon help in saves

    Eric Karabell

    In the past week we've seen one established closer moved from the NL to the AL where he gets to continue closing (Huston Street), while on Wednesday another ninth-inning option stayed in the AL but saves don't appear to be close to his immediate futu...

    Blog | July 25, 2014
  2. Angels still shopping after Grilli deal?

    Doug Mittler

    Even after swapping struggling closers on Friday night, the Los Angeles Angels may not be done dealing for bullpen help. The Angels sent Ernesto Frieri to the Pirates for Jason Grilli, hoping a change of scenery will allow the 37-year-old Grilli ...

    Blog | June 28, 2014
  3. Who are the top closers on the market?

    AJ Mass

    It's no secret that closers are a coveted commodity in the major leagues, and it would not be surprising to see at least a few contending teams attempt to upgrade their bullpen as the trade deadline approaches by dealing for a proven veteran arm to u...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  4. Pleasant surprises among top relievers

    Eric Karabell

    Let's talk closers! With roughly a third of the MLB season complete and much upheaval in terms of injuries and torn UCLs and hitters performing below expectations, it's actually been a relatively quiet season so far for closers. After all, of the top...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  5. Tanaka's edge against Trout

    Buster Olney

    The day after Masahiro Tanaka shut down Boston's lineup, some of the Red Sox hitters noted that you just don't see that many starting pitchers who throw as many splitters as Tanaka. "Closers, yes," said Jonny Gomes. "Relievers, yes. Bu...

    Blog | April 27, 2014
  6. Closer Report: Papelbon's woes

    Eric Karabell

    Honestly, if closers keep pitching the way they have so far this season, we're going to need to devote a daily column to it. On Monday, those fellows were a mess. On Tuesday, it was a bit quieter. On Wednesday, an incredible six closers blew saves, s...

    Blog | April 03, 2014
  7. Opening Day closer shake-ups

    Eric Karabell

    If the first full day of the 2014 major league season is any indication, it's going to be a ridiculous season for big league closers, more so than normal. In a span of a few hours Monday there was one news item after another affecting the crazy world...

    Blog | April 01, 2014
  8. Bullpen Report: AL saves projections

    Eric Karabell

    There was some general upheaval when it came to various big-name National League closers and my saves projections for this season. But my saves predicting is not complete. Here are my American League projections: Baltimore Orioles: Right-hander To...

    Blog | March 28, 2014
  9. Bullpen Report: NL saves projections

    Eric Karabell

    Whether you're the type of owner who targets high-end, dominant relief pitchers such as Craig Kimbrel early in drafts or adopts the adage to avoid paying for saves, the fact is we spend a lot of time talking about closers, predicting who's next in li...

    Blog | March 27, 2014
  10. Fantasy impact of Chapman's injury

    Eric Karabell

    Entering Thursday, there was only one relief pitcher being selected ahead of Cincinnati Reds lefty Aroldis Chapman in ESPN standard drafts. Unfortunately, this will change now that Chapman is likely out until mid-May at least after a scary incident W...

    Blog | March 20, 2014
  11. Bullpens: Top 10 closers-in-waiting

    Eric Karabell

    A year ago, it was pretty clear that at some point Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly would come to his senses and reward awesome right-handed power pitcher Kenley Jansen with the closer role. After all, we had already seen what Brandon League...

    Blog | February 26, 2014
  12. Evaluating closers-in-waiting for 2014 like David Robertson and B...

    Scott Spratt

    Closers are made, not born, and Scott Spratt looks at some pitchers who could be the 2014 version of Koji Uehara.

    Story | Conversation | October 18, 2013
  13. Koji Uehara and Craig Kimbrel lead postseason closer rankings - M...

    Jared Cross

    Closers are overrated in the regular season but crucial in the playoffs. Jared Cross ranks the closers on each playoff team based on expected October dominance.

    Story | Conversation | October 01, 2013
  14. Closer Report: Midseason awards

    Eric Karabell

    Back in March, there was little indication fantasy owners would need to pay attention to -- or own -- the likes of Kevin Gregg, Koji Uehara and Francisco Rodriguez, but here we are days before the All-Star break and those guys are certainly a whole l...

    Blog | July 12, 2013
  15. Projecting saves: Will Grilli, Mo set pace?

    Eric Karabell

    We're nearly two months into the season, and now is a perfect time to look closer at your closers to see if they're doing the job you expect from them. Saves and stolen bases are the easiest categories to move up in for fantasy owners after two month...

    Blog | May 31, 2013
  16. Heath Bell takes over as Arizona Diamondbacks closer with J.J. Pu...

    Eric Karabell

    Eric Karabell has the latest news on closers, including Heath Bell taking over in Arizona with J.J. Putz on the disabled list.

    Blog | Conversation | May 09, 2013