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Closer or Poser: Closer Depth Chart 2/2
Cody Crosby, FantasyJuice.com

We start our Closer Depth Chart to reflect some changes leading up to the start of the 2011 season.

Perhaps the biggest move of the season is the addition of Rafael Soriano to the Yankees bullpen. His value is diminished in leagues without holds.

Heath Bell was on the trading block during the offseason but ended the offseason in San Deigo.

The Red Sox made some bullpen moves during the offseason but still held onto Jonathan Papelbon. He could be moved during the season as Daniel Bard comes to his own.

The below table lists the anticipated closers for each team with a list of those waiting in line. Keep in mind our confidence rating as some closer races are heated heading into Spring Training.

Team Closer Rating* Next In Line
NATIONAL LEAGUE
NL East
Atlanta Braves Craig Kimbrel 2 Jonny Venters Peter Moylan Eric O'Flaherty
Florida Marlins Leo Nunez 4 Clay Hensley Brian Sanches Edward Mujica
New York Mets Francisco Rodriguez 5 Bobby Parnell D.J. Carrasco Taylor Buchholz
Philadelphia Phillies Brad Lidge 3 Jose Contreras Ryan Madson (INJ) Danys Baez
Washington Nationals Drew Storen 2 Tyler Clippard Sean Burnett John Lannen
NL Central
Chicago Cubs Carlos Marmol 5 Kerry Wood Sean Marshall Andrew Cashner
Cincinnati Reds Francisco Cordero 5 Aroldis Chapman Nick Masset Logan Ondrusek
Houston Astros Brandon Lyon 3 Wilton Lopez Wesley Wright Mark Melancon
Milwaukee Brewers John Axford 2 Takashi Saito LaTroy Hawkins Zach Braddock
Pittsburgh Pirates Joel Hanrahan 1 Evan Meek Chris Resop Jeff Karstens
St. Louis Cardinals Ryan Franklin 4 Jason Motte Kyle McClellan Mitchell Boggs
NL West
Arizona Diamondbacks J.J. Putz 1 Juan Gutierrez David Hernandez Sam Demel
Colorado Rockies Huston Street 3 Matt Lindstrom Franklin Morales Matt Belisle
Los Angeles Dodgers Jonathan Broxton 3 Hong-Chih Kuo Matt Guerrier Kenley Jansen
San Diego Padres Heath Bell 5 Luke Gregerson Mike Adams Chad Qualls
San Francisco Giants Brian Wilson 5 Sergio Romo Santiago Casilla Dan Runzler
AMERICAN LEAGUE
AL East
Baltimore Orioles Kevin Gregg 1 Koji Uehara Michael Gonzalez Jim Johnson
Boston Red Sox Jonathan Papelbon 5 Daniel Bard Bobby Jenks Dan Wheeler
New York Yankees Mariano Rivera 5 Rafael Soriano Joba Chamberlain Pedro Feliciano
Tampa Bay Rays J.P. Howell 1 Joel Peralta Kyle Farnsworth Jake McGee
Toronto Blue Jays Frank Francisco 2 Octavio Dotel Jon Rauch Jason Frasor
AL Central
Chicago White Sox Matt Thornton 1 Chris Sale Jessie Crain Sergio Santos
Cleveland Indians Chris Perez 1 Rafael Perez Tony Sipp Jensen Lewis
Detroit Tigers Jose Valverde 4 Joaquin Benoit Joel Zumaya Phil Coke
Kansas City Royals Joakim Soria 5 Robinson Tejada Blake Wood Jesse Chavez
Minnesota Twins Joe Nathan 5 Matt Capps Pat Neshek Jose Mijares
AL West
Los Angeles Angels Fernando Rodney 2 Scott Downs Hisanori Takahashi Kevin Jepsen
Oakland Athletics Andrew Bailey 4 Brian Fuentes Michael Wuertz Brad Ziegler
Seattle Mariners David Aardsma 3 Brandon League Shawn Kelley Dan Cortes
Texas Rangers Neftali Feliz 5 Darren Oliver Darren O'Day Alex Ogando
* - Confidence Rating: How confident we are the current closer will keep the job. Ranked out of 5 with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.


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