2014 Fantasy Baseball: Closer Grid

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2014 Fantasy Baseball: Closer Grid

The All-Star break will be here in a couple of few weeks, which means the trade winds will start to blow a little stronger. One trade has already taken place, giving a pair of deposed closers a change of scenery. Pittsburgh sent Jason Grilli, an All-Star last season who saved 33 games for the WIld Card Pirates, to the Angels for Ernesto Frieri. The fire-balling Frieri posted 37 saves of his own in 2013, but he has struggled mightily so far this season, to the tune of a 6.39 ERA for his former team. It remains to be seen if a change of scenery will do either enough good for them to become fantasy factors once again, but one thing is clear  — they won't be the last bullpen pieces to switch uniforms between now and the end of July.

TeamCloserSetupWatch List 
ArizonaAddison ReedBrad ZeiglerJoe Thatcher, Oliver Perez
AtlantaCraig KimbrelShae SimmonsJordan Walden, Luis Avilan, David Carpenter (DL)
BaltimoreZach BrittonTommy HunterDarren O'Day, Ryan Webb, Brian Matusz
BostonKoji UeharaJunichi TazawaEdward Mujica, Burke Badenhop, Craig Breslow
Chicago (AL)Zach Putnam*Javy Guerra*Jacob Petricka*, Daniel Webb, Nate Jones (DL)
Chicago (NL)Hector RondonPedro StropNeil Ramirez, Justin Grimm, Kyuji Fujikawa (DL)
CincinnatiAroldis ChapmanJonathan BroxtonSam LeCure, Manny Parra
ClevelandCody AllenBryan ShawScott Atchison, John Axford
ColoradoLaTroy HawkinsAdam OttavinoRex Brothers 
DetroitJoe NathanJoba ChamberlainAl Albuquerque, Phil Coke
HoustonChad QuallsTony SippJoshua Zeid, Jesse Crain (DL)
Kansas CityGreg HollandWade DavisKelvin Herrera, Aaron Crow
Los Angeles (AL)Joe SmithJason GrilliKevin Jepsen 
Los Angeles (NL)Kenley JansenBrian WilsonBrandon League, J.P. Howell, Chris Withrow (DL)
MiamiSteve CishekA.J. RamosMike Dunn 
MilwaukeeFrancisco RodriguezBrandon KintzlerWill Smith, Tyler Thornburg (DL)
MinnesotaGlen PerkinsCasey FienJared Burton 
New York (AL)David RobertsonDellin BetancesAdam Warren, Shawn Kelley
New York (NL)Jenrry MejiaJeurys FamiliaCarlos Torres, Vic Black, Bobby Parnell (DL)
OaklandSean DoolittleLuke GregersonRyan Cook, Dan Otero, Jim Johnson
PhiladelphiaJonathan PapelbonKen GilesJacob Diekman, Antonio Bastardo, Matt Adams (DL)
PittsburghMark MelanconTony WatsonJustin Wilson, Ernesto Frieri
St. LouisTrevor RosenthalJason MotteSeth Maness, Sam Freeman, Kevin Siegrist (DL)
San DiegoHuston StreetJoaquin BenoitAlex Torres, Dale Thayer
San FranciscoSantiago Casilla*Jeremy Affeldt*Jean Machi, Sergio Romo, Javier Lopez
SeattleFernando RodneyDanny FarquharTom Wilhelmsen, Yoervis Medina
Tampa BayJake McGeeJoel PeraltaGrant Balfour, Juan Oviedo
TexasJoakim SoriaJason FrasorNeal Cotts, Alexi Ogando (DL)
TorontoCasey JanssenAaron LoupSergio Santos, Brett Cecil (DL)
WashingtonRafael SorianoTyler ClippardDrew Storen

*The Chicago White Sox and San Francisco are employing a closer-by-committee approach right now.

 

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