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Closer Report

Notable Free Agents: Tyler ClippardJim JohnsonCraig Kimbrel, Ryan MadsonBud Norris

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Astros

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Aug. 21: Astros manager AJ Hinch confirmed Tuesday on MLB Network Radio that Roberto Osuna is now Houston's primary closer, with Hector Rondon slated to be used in a setup role.

Athletics

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Aug. 4: A's closer Blake Treinen picked up his 28th save of the season after allowing one hit and striking out two in a scoreless inning vs. the Tigers. He has a 0.95 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP this year.

Dodgers

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Sept. 5: Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen will not make the weekend trip to Colorado as a precautionary measure because of a heart condition that leaves him vulnerable to an irregular heartbeat at altitude. Manager Dave Roberts said the Dodgers won't have a set closer during the series, which will run from Sept. 7-9. More >

Indians

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Sept. 18: Andrew Miller tossed a scoreless ninth inning for his second save of the season Tuesday vs. the White Sox. Brad Hand, Cody Allen and Miller have all recorded saves this month.

Mets

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Dec. 3: The Mets and Mariners finalized and announced a blockbuster deal on Monday, sending eight-time All-Star Robinson Cano and standout closer Edwin Diaz to Flushing.

Nationals

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Sept. 7: The Nationals activated closer Sean Doolittle from the disabled list Friday. More >

Reds

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Aug. 1: Raisel Iglesias was a popular name on the trade market prior to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, but the Reds opted not to deal their closer.

Yankees

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Sept. 19: The Yankees are as close to complete as they will be for the remainder of the season, with closer Aroldis Chapman having been activated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Wednesday's game against the Red Sox.

Stable Situations

Angels

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Jan. 21: The Angels have found their closer for the 2019 season, as they signed right-hander Cody Allen to a one-year contract on Sunday. More >

Blue Jays

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Aug. 25: Ken Giles has converted each of the Blue Jays' past six saves, allowing just one run over six innings in that span.

Giants

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Sept. 18: Will Smith has recorded all three of the Giants' saves in September.

Marlins

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Aug. 7: Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that struggling right-hander Kyle Barraclough will move out of closer's role to regroup and that the club will go with a committee. Drew Steckenrider and Adam Conley could both see save chances in Barraclough's place, and rookie Tayron Guerrero is another possibility. More >

Orioles

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Aug. 14: Mychal Givens earned a save Tuesday vs. the Mets, giving him a team-high three since the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Padres

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Aug. 21: Kirby Yates collected his fifth save of the season Tuesday against the Rockies. He has all of the Padres' saves this month.

Pirates

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Aug. 3: Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez earned his 25th save of the season after yielding one hit and striking out one in a scoreless inning vs. the Cardinals.

Rangers

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Jan. 25: Jose Leclerc received the Pitcher of the Year Award at the Rangers Winter Warmup on Friday night at Texas Live! He also received confirmation from manager Chris Woodward on what his role with the Rangers will be going into Spring Training. "He is going to be our closer," Woodward said. "He has earned that right. He is our best bullpen guy and one of the best pitchers in baseball." More >

Rockies

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Aug. 24: Wade Davis appears to have righted the ship after struggling earlier this month. The right-hander has made six straight scoreless appearances, going 3-for-3 in save chances during that span.

Tigers

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Aug. 1: Tigers closer Shane Greene picked up his 23rd save of the season after walking one and striking out one in a scoreless inning vs. the Reds.

Uncertain Situations

Braves

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Sept. 14: Arodys Vizcaino (right shoulder) was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Friday to serve as one of the 20 pitchers the Braves are now carrying on the expanded roster. Atlanta will spend the season's final two weeks evaluating whether Vizcaino might be durable enough to be a potential postseason asset. A.J. Minter will likely continue to receive the bulk of the save chances. More >

Brewers

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Sept. 9: After Jeremy Jeffress recorded saves Friday and Saturday, the Brewers turned to Corey Knebel on Sunday in a save situation vs. the Giants, and Knebel notched the final four outs for his first save since July 27.

Cardinals

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Dec. 21: The Cardinals finalized a two-year deal with left-hander Andrew Miller on Friday. Miller will likely be in the mix for save chances in 2019, along with Jordan Hicks and possibly Alex Reyes.

Cubs

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Jan. 24: Sources confirmed to MLB.com that the Cubs have reached an agreement with free-agent reliever Brad Brach on a one-year contract worth $3 million for the 2019 campaign. Brach provides some added right-handed depth for the Cubs, who expect to be without closer Brandon Morrow for at least a couple weeks to start the season. Morrow underwent an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his right elbow on Nov. 6 to clean up some cartilage in the joint. More >

D-backs

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Jan. 31: The D-backs added depth to the back end of their bullpen Thursday by signing free agent right-hander Greg Holland to a one-year, $3.5 million deal which includes an additional $3.5 million in incentive bonuses. Holland joins Archie Bradley and Yoshihisa Hirano at the back of the D-backs' bullpen. When asked at last month's Winter Meetings who his closer would be, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said if he had to pick at that moment it would be Bradley, and that still seems likely the way the team will go.

Mariners

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Jan. 27: The Mariners don't expect to have a one-man replacement for Edwin Diaz, but their list of candidates to fill the closer role for 2019 got more interesting as right-handed free agent Hunter Strickland agreed to a one-year deal, the club officially announced on Sunday. More >

Phillies

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Jan. 3: The Phillies and right-hander David Robertson on Thursday agreed to a two-year, $23 million contract, with a $12 million club option ($2 million buyout) for 2021, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported. It could be the Phillies' final significant pitching acquisition of the offseason. Robertson and right-hander Seranthony Dominguez are likely to split ninth-inning duties next season, which takes Philadelphia off the market for free-agent closers Craig Kimbrel and Zach Britton.

Rays

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Feb. 14: With Sergio Romo no longer part of the club, the Rays appear set to utilize a combination of Jose Alvarado, Diego Castillo and Chaz Roe at closer to begin 2019.

Red Sox

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Feb. 13: The first question Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski received at his opening press conference of Spring Training on Wednesday had to do with one of the few players who isn't back from last season's juggernaut. "How will you replace Craig Kimbrel?" Dombrowski was asked. It appears that the answer will not be by re-signing Kimbrel, who remains available to the highest bidder. "Somebody internally," Dombrowski said. "We're looking to do that. We have some good arms. We just had a nice meeting in there with some of our pitchers. We have a talented group of individuals. Any time you say you're going to replace a player of Craig Kimbrel's caliber with the type of talent he has, you just don't -- it's not easily done. He's, to me, a future Hall of Fame reliever and one of the best closers in the game. But sometimes other guys get the opportunity and they step up." More >

Royals

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Feb. 13: The manner in which Royals manager Ned Yost will utilize his bullpen this season may surprise some fans and observers. While Yost has been a traditionalist in terms of anointing roles, especially in terms of a closer, he may be moving in a different direction. Yost is content using right-hander Wily Peralta in high-leverage situations -- Peralta re-signed with the Royals after going 14-for-14 in save situations last season, albeit some of those saves were a bit hairy. But now that the Royals have signed former D-backs closer Brad Boxberger, Yost will have more options. Yost also trusts left-hander Tim Hill late in games, and it's possible a starter such as Ian Kennedy, Jorge Lopez or Heath Fillmyer who doesn't make the rotation could see time late in games. More >

Twins

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Jan. 14: The Twins made their first bullpen acquisition of the offseason on Monday by signing former Angels reliever Blake Parker, a veteran of six Major League seasons, to a one-year contract with a base salary of $1.8 million. Though he doesn't have a lengthy track record as a closer, Parker should slot into the back end of the bullpen alongside Trevor May, Addison Reed, Trevor Hildenberger and Taylor Rogers, and he could get consideration for the ninth inning, especially if the Twins don't add a more experienced closer before the season. More >

White Sox

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Jan. 8: An official White Sox closer for the 2019 season might not be named by manager Rick Renteria until near the end of Spring Training. But with the official addition of free agent Kelvin Herrera, who agreed with the White Sox on a two-year, $18 million deal including a club option for 2021 as announced Tuesday, the White Sox have another strong late-inning option. The White Sox already added right-hander Alex Colome in a trade with Seattle earlier this offseason and picked up the $4.65 million option on Nate Jones, the longest-tenured player currently with the organization. This trio joins Jace Fry, Ian Hamilton and Juan Minaya, not to mention the possibility of Zack Burdi mid-season, as part of the late-inning, high-leverage crew, giving Renteria and White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper plenty of choices.

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