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Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart

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What closer should managers target first? (1:46)

Tristan H. Cockcroft and Eric Karabell break down the top relievers managers should draft in the early rounds. (1:46)

Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart (last updated March 25)

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 broken down by division.

"CLOSER" is either that team's officially designated closer, or the pitcher most likely to get the team's next save chance. "NEXT IN LINE" 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. "NOTES" beneath each division's chart provide detail on teams' closer situations that might have an unusual wrinkle, like an injury to the typical closer requiring a short term fill-in, or a committee situation.

NOTES: New Orioles manager Brandon Hyde plans a more matchups-oriented bullpen in 2019, so Givens, while the favorite for the majority of their saves, might be used in the game's highest-pressure situation regardless of inning. RIchard Bleier, Miguel Castro and Paul Fry seem the next most-likely to be used in high-leverage spots. ... With Craig Kimbrel still lingering on the free-agent market, the Red Sox's closer picture is entirely up for grabs. Manager Alex Cora could go with an entirely matchups-driven approach, but Barnes and Brasier look like the top candidates if only one closer is chosen. Steven Wright, Heath Hembree and Tyler Thornburg are also candidates. ... The Yankees could go with Chad Green or Adam Ottavino to close games anytime Chapman is unavailable, but Britton's past experience in the role probably gives him a leg up as the true "handcuff." ... The Rays are likely to again go with a committee-driven pitching staff, but Alvarado has easily the best stuff and makeup to close most nights. ... Ryan Tepera (elbow) is expected to begin the year on the injured list, so Norris should begin the season as Giles' primary setup man.

NOTES: White Sox manager Rick Renteria on March 22 named Alex Colome his closer. Herrera should begin the season as the team's primary setup man, though Nate Jones and Jace Fry could figure into the late-inning mix. ... Royals manager Ned Yost said he doesn't want to define bullpen roles at the onset of spring training, a strong hint that Peralta and Boxberger will be in competition to close. Kevin McCarthy could also factor in the late innings. ... The Twins have as many as five viable closer candidates, with Blake Parker, Trevor Hildenberger and Addison Reed joining May and Rogers in the competition. May finished 2018 in the role and Rogers had the most effective season of the bunch, perhaps putting them in the lead, but manager Rocco Baldelli might ultimately opt for a matchups-driven bullpen.

NOTES: The battle for setup duty in Houston is more compelling than for closer, where Osuna is locked in. Pressly, Hector Rondon, Will Harris and Chris Devenski are all in the mix to handle the eighth. ... Similarly, the Athletics will have Trivino, Joakim Soria and potentially Fernando Rodney duking it out for eighth-inning duties. ... Mariners manager Scott Servais said early during spring training that "there may not be a set closer on a particular night," though that was before Anthony Swarzak (shoulder) and Shawn Armstrong (oblique) were forced to miss the team's two-game series in Japan March 20-21. Gearrin, Dan Altavilla, Chasen Bradford and Zac Rosscup will share the setup duties behind closer Strickland in the short term. ... The Rangers are another team that will have competition for their primary setup role, with Martin, Shawn Kelley, Zach McAllister and Jesse Chavez all in the mix.

NOTES: Braves manager Brian Snitker expressed pessimism that Minter (shoulder) is likely to begin the season on the injured list, making Arodys Vizcaino the team's Opening Day closer. Minter should be ready to resume his setup duties, or perhaps a co-closership with Vizcaino, after the team's opening March 28-31 series. ... Marlins manager Don Mattingly has hinted he'll go with a closer-by-committee to start the 2019 season, with Romo, Steckenrider and Adam Conley his three most likely options on any given night. Tayron Guerrero is a deep sleeper to move into the mix in-season. ... Phillies manager Gabe Kapler loves to mix and match, so while Robertson is the favorite for the majority of the team's save chances plus has the requisite experience in the role, Dominguez and Hector Neris will surely get their opportunities on some nights. Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter could also figure into the late-inning mix. ... The Nationals are pretty high on Rosenthal, and are likely to start him off as their primary setup man.

NOTES: Strop is expected to serve as the Cubs' primary closer while Brandon Morrow recovers from a debridement procedure on his right elbow in November, with Morrow projected to miss roughly a month's regular-season time. Strop has been battling a hamstring issue recently, though. Brad Brach could also join Cishek in setup duty. ... New Reds manager David Bell plans to use Iglesias in lengthier outings, which doesn't sound much different from the team's 2018 strategy, but that could mean Hughes or David Hernandez gets an occasional save if Iglesias is tired. ... Injuries to Corey Knebel (elbow) and Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder) have cast some doubt upon the Brewers' late-inning roles, though Josh Hader is the odds-on-favorite to get the majority of the save chances initially. Albers, Alex Claudio, Junior Guerra and perhaps Chase Anderson could figure in the late-inning mix, however. ... Cardinals manager Mike Shildt won't name a closer in advance of Opening Day, but Jordan Hicks is expected to get the majority of the save chances initially. Andrew Miller and Alex Reyes could get opportunities if the matchups dictate.

NOTES: Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo announced March 24 that Greg Holland will be his closer. Archie Bradley will likely be Holland's primary setup man, though Yoshihisa Hirano will surely also be in the mix. ... Rockies manager Bud Black named Oberg and Seunghwan Oh as prime candidates to take over eighth-inning duties this season. ... Giants manager Bruce Bochy is in no hurry to name his Opening Day closer, but Smith has to be considered the favorite for those duties. Melancon, Tony Watson and Sam Dyson could provide some spring competition.