Let’s take a look at the closing situations around the Majors. Generally speaking trades for closers are hard, as they’re typically overpriced, so I don’t recommend them unless you find a reasonable owner.


NYY: Clay Holmes has the job locked up. Nothing to see here folks.

BOS: Tanner Houck is unlikely to lose the job, but keep an eye on John Schreiber and Garrett Whitlock.

TBR: It’s a committee.

BAL: As long as they’re winning, Jorge López isn’t losing his job. If they fall out of the playoff race he still is likely to keep his job.

TOR: Jordan Romano is keeping his job.


KCR: There’s a chance that Scott Barlow is traded, but only if they’re overwhelmed with an offer. Barlow should stlll be a closer on his new team, so you’re safe there. Josh Staumont is your stash.

CWS: Liam Hendriks is safe.

CLE: Emmanuel Clase received an extension prior to the season, so he’s not going anywhere.

DET: Gregory Soto isn’t a free agent after the season, but there’s a slight chance he gets traded. If so, Alex Lange is your pick-up.

MIN: I expect them to acquire a closer, so this maybe a good time to trade Jhoan Durán.


HOU: Ryan Pressly is pretty safe.

LAA: Raisel Iglesias signed a massive extension last off-season, he’s not going anywhere.

TEX: They have a committee.

SEA: Paul Sewald and Diego Castillo are doing a good job. When he’s healthy, Ken Giles should be in the mix too. I don’t see them acquiring a closer.

OAK: Dany Jiménez is unlikely to be traded as he’s coming off of an injury and isn’t a free agent any time soon.


MIA: Tanner Scott is one of the few productive relievers in their bullpen, and isn’t a free agent for two years. He’s unlikely to be traded when he’s not a free agent for a couple years. Keep an eye on Anthony Bender as a potential replacement though.

PHI: Seranthony Dominguez is doing a great job and isn’t a free agent for a couple years. The pitching-needy Philadelphia with an eye on contention next year won’t trade him. Former closer Corey Knebel will be moved if they drop out of contention though.

ATL: Kenley Jansen isn’t going anywhere, but there’s an outside chance that they’ll look for an upgrade.

WAS: There’s a chance that Kyle Finnegan is moved, and if he is then he’s no longer going to be a closer and they will have a committee.

NYM: Edwin Díaz isn’t going anywhere and isn’t losing his job.


MIL: In the shocking scenario that Josh Hader loses his job, Devin Williams will just take over. A trade for Devin might make sense.

CHC: David Robertson is pretty much a lock to be traded and I wouldn’t bet on him staying a closer on a new team. Rowan Wick is your stash.

CIN: Hunter Strickland is probably the worst closer in the game and I doubt he gets traded. Alexis Diaz is hardly better with a 3.70 FIP and 5.2 BB/9. Still, he might be worth stashing.

STL: Ryan Helsley has the job locked down, but they can always upgrade.

PIT: David Bednar is unlikely to go anywhere, but if he’s traded, he may not be a closer on his new team. Wil Crowe is your stash.


LAD: Craig Kimbrel has a -0.2 WAR with a 4.09 ERA, but a 1.96 FIP. They will look for bullpen help, but Kimbrel might be safe.

SDP: Taylor Rogers has been shaky, but they may stick with him.

ARI: Mark Melancon isn’t closing anywhere else and might not even be traded, as he’s not a free agent until after next season.

COL: The smart thing to do is to trade Daniel Bard, but it’s the Colorado Rockies. In the rare case of them making a smart transaction, he won’t be a closer on a new team and they‘ll have a committee.

SFG: Camilo Doval is safe, but they may look for an upgrade.

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