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Brewers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Corey Knebel Jacob Barnes Josh Hader

After going to an arbitration hearing with Chase Anderson last year, the Brewers ensured Friday that they would avoid that thorny process entirely in 2018 by settling on one-year contracts with starter Jimmy Nelson, closer Corey Knebel and infielders Hernan Perez and Jonathan Villar. More Updated Jan. 12 at 3:25 p.m. ET

Dodgers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Kenley Jansen Josh Fields Pedro Baez

Craig Kimbrel of the Red Sox and Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers threw an "immaculate inning" within one week of each other back in May, each striking out the side on nine pitches for only the 78th and 79th occurrences in Major League Baseball history. More Updated Oct. 28 at 9:09 p.m. ET

Indians Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Cody Allen Andrew Miller Nick Goody

On Wednesday night, the Indians agreed to terms with closer Cody Allen on a one-year contract for the 2018 campaign, avoiding arbitration with the closer in his final year of eligibility. More Updated Jan. 11 at 5:49 a.m. ET

Pirates Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Felipe Rivero Daniel Hudson George Kontos

The Pirates and closer Felipe Rivero completed a four-year deal with club options for 2022-23, the club announced on Thursday. More Updated Jan. 18 at 5:29 p.m. ET

Red Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Craig Kimbrel Carson Smith Joe Kelly

Craig Kimbrel of the Red Sox and Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers threw an "immaculate inning" within one week of each other back in May, each striking out the side on nine pitches for only the 78th and 79th occurrences in Major League Baseball history. More Updated Oct. 28 at 9:09 p.m. ET

Reds Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Raisel Iglesias David Hernandez Michael Lorenzen

The Reds have players that interest other clubs seeking to make trades, and general manager Dick Williams is certainly listening, but there was no movement on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings. More Updated Dec. 14 at 6:01 a.m. ET

Rockies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Wade Davis Jake McGee Bryan Shaw

The Rockies' bullpen buildup hit a new level Friday, when righty closer Wade Davis agreed to come aboard on a three-year, $52 million contract. More Updated Dec. 29 at 11:36 a.m. ET

Yankees Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Aroldis Chapman Dellin Betances David Robertson

Yankees left-hander Aroldis Chapman finished the 2017 regular season with a 4-3 record, a 3.22 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, 22 saves and 69 strikeouts across 50 1/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 3 at 9:40 a.m. ET

Stable Situations

Astros Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Ken Giles Will Harris Joe Smith

Closer Ken Giles has won his arbitration case against the Astros, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported on Saturday afternoon. More Updated Feb. 3 at 2:58 p.m. ET

A's Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Blake Treinen Yusmeiro Petit Santiago Casilla

The A's have come to terms on one-year contracts with shortstop Marcus Semien, catcher Josh Phegley and relievers Blake Treinen, Chris Hatcher and Liam Hendriks. More Updated Jan. 12 at 5:57 p.m. ET

Blue Jays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Roberto Osuna Ryan Tepera Danny Barnes

Roberto Osuna has reportedly lost his arbitration case with the Blue Jays, and he will earn Toronto's proposed offer of $5.3 million against his requested $5.8 million, according to USA Today. The club has not commented. More Updated Feb. 3 at 3:41 p.m. ET

Braves Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Arodys Vizcaino Jose Ramirez A.J. Minter

Braves relievers Arodys Vizcaino and Dan Winkler avoided an arbitration hearing, but it appears Mike Foltynewicz will have his 2018 salary determined by an arbitration panel. More Updated Jan. 12 at 5:54 p.m. ET

Giants Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Mark Melancon Sam Dyson Hunter Strickland

Giants right-hander Mark Melancon finished the 2017 regular season with a 1-2 record, a 4.50 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, 11 saves and 29 strikeouts across 30 innings. More Updated Oct. 9 at 8:17 a.m. ET

Mariners Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Edwin Diaz Juan Nicasio Nick Vincent

Mariners right-hander Edwin Diaz finished the 2017 regular season with a 4-6 record, a 3.27 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, 34 saves and 89 strikeouts across 66 innings. More Updated Oct. 16 at 5:48 p.m. ET

Mets Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jeurys Familia AJ Ramos Anthony Swarzak

While Mets manager Mickey Callaway has said frequently over the past two months that the Mets will use a bullpen by committee, deploying relievers "when it makes sense" based on matchups, pitching coach Dave Eiland clarified Wednesday that Jeurys Familia will likely open this season as the nominal closer. More Updated Feb. 15 at 11:38 a.m. ET

Nationals Next in line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Sean Doolittle Brandon Kintzler Ryan Madson

Nationals left-hander Sean Doolittle finished the 2017 regular season with a 2-0 record, a 2.81 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, 24 saves and 62 strikeouts across 51 1/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 4 at 10:20 a.m. ET

Padres Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Hand Kirby Yates Carter Capps

With one of the brightest farm systems in baseball, Padres general manager A.J. Preller was looking to lay a foundation for the team's up-and-coming core. The Padres viewed left-hander Brad Hand as a major piece of that foundation, agreeing to a contract extension with the 27-year-old All-Star reliever on Saturday. More Updated Jan. 13 at 10:17 p.m. ET

Phillies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Hector Neris Pat Neshek Tommy Hunter

Phillies right-hander Hector Neris finished the 2017 regular season with a 4-5 record, a 3.01 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, 26 saves and 86 strikeouts across 74 2/3 innings. More Updated Oct. 12 at 6:39 a.m. ET

Rays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Alex Colome Sergio Romo Dan Jennings

The Rays have avoided arbitration with right-hander Dan Jennings, outfielder/DH Corey Dickerson, infielder Brad Miller, catcher Jesus Sucre, right-hander Alex Colome, outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and infielder Matt Duffy. More Updated Jan. 12 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Tigers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Shane Greene Joe Jimenez Alex Wilson

On Friday, Detroit signed right-handers Shane Greene and Alex Wilson and right fielder Nicholas Castellanos to one-year contracts before signing Jose Iglesias to a one-year contract Wednesday after exchanging salary figures with the shortstop Friday. More Updated Jan. 17 at 7:57 p.m. ET

Uncertain Situations

Angels (Closer Committee) Closer Committee Closer Committee Closer Notes
Blake Parker Cam Bedrosian Keynan Middleton

Blake Parker, Jim Johnson, Cam Bedrosian and Keynan Middleton are among the relievers who the Angels could turn to in save situations this season. More Updated Feb. 18 at 7:43 a.m. ET

Cardinals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Luke Gregerson Tyler Lyons Alex Reyes (Inj.)

The Cardinals' two-year deal with free-agent reliever Luke Gregerson became official on Wednesday after Gregerson passed his physical. More Updated Dec. 14 at 6:06 a.m. ET

Cubs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brandon Morrow Carl Edwards Jr. Pedro Strop

A year ago, Brandon Morrow was in the Dodgers' camp after signing a Minor League contract. He'd had right shoulder surgery in August 2015, and lost 25 pounds after a nasty bout with valley fever. He finished last season pitching in the World Series for the Dodgers. More Updated Feb. 10 at 1:41 p.m. ET

D-backs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Archie Bradley Brad Boxberger Yoshihisa Hirano

After plenty of internal debate and discussion, it appears that D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley's role for 2018 is coming into focus. More Updated Nov. 15 at 12:17 p.m. ET

Marlins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Ziegler Kyle Barraclough Drew Steckenrider

Brad Ziegler signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Marlins last offseason, and the veteran right-hander has every intention to stick with the club until he is told otherwise. More Updated Jan. 17 at 2:36 p.m. ET

Rangers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Alex Claudio Keone Kela Jake Diekman

A potential deal between the Rangers and reliever Seung Hwan Oh has fallen through, sources said Saturday. More Updated Feb. 18 at 7:59 p.m. ET

Royals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Kelvin Herrera Brandon Maurer Kevin McCarthy

The Royals have settled arbitration cases with right-hander Nate Karns for $1.375 million and right-hander Kelvin Herrera for $7,937,500, a source told MLB.com. More Updated Jan. 12 at 3:18 p.m. ET

Twins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Fernando Rodney Addison Reed Trevor Hildenberger

The Twins found their short-term solution at closer on the final day of the Winter Meetings, agreeing to terms with veteran reliever Fernando Rodney on a one-year deal worth $4.5 million with incentives that could push it to $6 million, according to multiple sources. More Updated Dec. 14 at 12:08 p.m. ET

White Sox (Closer Comiittee) Closer Committee Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Joakim Soria Juan Minaya Nate Jones

The White Sox began revamping their bullpen by adding left-handed reliever Luis Avilan and right-handed veteran Joakim Soria from the Dodgers in a three-team, five-player deal Thursday also involving the Royals. More Updated Jan. 4 at 8:06 p.m. ET

Injured Closers

Orioles Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Brad Brach Zach Britton (Inj.) Mychal Givens

Closer Zach Britton stood in the Orioles' clubhouse on Wednesday morning optimistic about his current rehab timeline and, like many of his teammates, unsure of his future in the organization. More Updated Feb. 14 at 1:23 p.m. ET