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Pre-Season 2010: Closer/Relief Pitcher Rankings
Cody Crosby, FantasyJuice.com

FantasyJuice's experts have independently ranked their top 35 closers and relief pitchers heading into Spring of 2010.

Jonathan Broxton and Heath Bell made the seamless transition from set-up men to closers for their teams in 2009. Broxton is a power pitcher with more value than Bell.

Joe Nathan ranks as the top closer heading into the season but Mariano Rivera and Jonathan Papelbon are not far behind.

Check out the Fantasy Juice Closer Depth Chart to see which closers have a secure job heading into 2010.

These rankings will be updated during the winter to reflect anticipated performance based on future developments.

Closer/Relief Pitcher Team Cody Crosby Michael Ryan Average Rank
Joe Nathan Minnesota Twins 1 1 1
Mariano Rivera New York Yankees 4 2 3
Jonathan Broxton Los Angeles Dodgers 3 3 3
Jonathan Papelbon Boston Red Sox 2 4 3
Joakim Soria Kansas City Royals 5 5 5
Heath Bell San Diego Padres 7 6 6.5
Andrew Bailey Oakland Athletics 6 9 7.5
Brian Wilson San Francisco Giants 9 8 8.5
Francisco Rodriguez New York Mets 10 7 8.5
Jose Valverde Detroit Tigers 8 10 9
Rafael Soriano Tampa Bay Rays 11 13 12
Huston Street Colorado Rockies 13 12 12.5
Francisco Cordero Cincinnati Reds 14 11 12.5
Carlos Marmol Chicago Cubs 12 14 13
Trevor Hoffman Milwaukee Brewers 15 15 15
Mike Gonzalez Baltimore Orioles 17 17 17
Frank Francisco Texas Rangers 18 16 17
Brian Fuentes Los Angeles Angels 16 19 17.5
Ryan Franklin St. Louis Cardinals 19 18 18.5
Billy Wagner Atlanta Braves 20 20 20
David Aardsma Seattle Mariners 21 22 21.5
Brad Lidge Philadelphia Phillies 22 23 22.5
Bobby Jenks Chicago White Sox 24 21 22.5
Kerry Wood Cleveland Indians 23 24 23.5
Chad Qualls Arizona Diamondbacks 25 25 25
Octavio Dotel Pittsburgh Pirates 27 26 26.5
Leo Nunez Florida Marlins 26 28 27
Matt Capps Washington Nationals 28 27 27.5
Brandon Lyon Houston Astros 30 29 29.5
Jason Frasor Toronto Blue Jays 29 30 29.5
Matt Thornton Chicago White Sox 31 32 31.5
Ryan Madson Philadelphia Phillies 35 31 33
Michael Wuertz Oakland Athletics 34 33 33.5
Luke Gregerson San Diego Padres 33 35 34
Drew Storen Washington Nationals 32 -- --
Daniel Bard Boston Red Sox -- 34 --

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