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Closer or Poser: Closer Depth Chart 3/15
Cody Crosby, FantasyJuice.com

We continue our Closer Depth Chart to reflect some changes so far during 2010 Spring Training.

Joe Nathan of the Minnesota Twins has been shut down as a tear was discovered in his pitching arm. This could spell an end to his 2010 season and fantasy owners should not draft him. Jon Rauch is probably the best option for the Twins at this point.

Angel Guzman, the #2 in line for the closer job for the Chicago Cubs has a career threatening injury. Fantasy owners should not think about him during this year's season.

Bobby Jenks of the Chicago White Sox has been looking shaky so far this Spring. Matt Thorton will jump into the roll if Jenks isn't able to keep the roll during the season. Jenks owners should have Thornton as a backup option.

Brad Lidge may miss the start of the season for the Philadelphia Phillies. Ryan Madson will take over as closer if Lidge cannot star the season.

The rankings will continue to be updated as we approach the start of the season to reflect changes in bullpens and Spring performances.

During the season we will post the closer situations for each major league team on a weekly basis. Check back often for updated rankings.

Below are the current projected closers for the 2010 season, our confidence ratings that they will keep the job, and their nearest competitors for the closing job.

Team Closer Rating* Next In Line
NATIONAL LEAGUE
NL East
Atlanta Braves Billy Wagner 2 Takashi Saito Peter Moylan Kris Medlen
Florida Marlins Leo Nunez 2 Brian Sanches Dan Meyer Burke Badenhop
New York Mets Francisco Rodriguez 5 Pedro Feliciano Sean Green
Philadelphia Phillies Brad Lidge 1 Ryan Madson J.C. Romero Danys Baez
Washington Nationals Matt Capps 1 Drew Storen Brian Bruney Tyler Clippard
NL Central
Chicago Cubs Carlos Marmol 3 John Grabow Esmailin Caridad David Patton
Cincinnati Reds Francisco Cordero 4 Arthur Rhodes Nick Masset Jared Burton
Houston Astros Brandon Lyon 2 Matt Lindstrom Jeff Fulchino
Milwaukee Brewers Trevor Hoffman 4 Todd Coffey LaTroy Hawkins Mitch Stetter
Pittsburgh Pirates Octavio Dotel 3 Joel Hanrahan Evan Meek Brendan Donnelly
St. Louis Cardinals Ryan Franklin 3 Jason Motte Kyle McClellan Trever Miller
NL West
Arizona Diamondbacks Chad Qualls 3 Juan Gutierrez Clay Zavada Bob Howry
Colorado Rockies Huston Street 4 Rafael Betancourt Manny Corpas Franklin Morales
Los Angeles Dodgers Jonathan Broxton 4 George Sherrill Ramon Troncoso Ronald Belisario
San Diego Padres Heath Bell 4 Luke Gregerson Mike Adams Edward Mujica
San Francisco Giants Brian Wilson 4 Jeremy Affedlt Sergio Romo Dan Runzler
AMERICAN LEAGUE
AL East
Baltimore Orioles Mike Gonzalez 4 Jim Johnson Cla Meredith
Boston Red Sox Jonathan Papelbon 5 Daniel Bard Manny Delcarmen Hideki Okajima
New York Yankees Mariano Rivera 5 Alfredo Aceves David Robertson Damaso Marte
Tampa Bay Rays Rafael Soriano 3 J.P. Howell Grant Balfour Dan Wheeler
Toronto Blue Jays Jason Frasor 1 Scott Downs Kevin Gregg Jeremy Accardo
AL Central
Chicago White Sox Bobby Jenks 1 Matt Thornton J.J. Putz Tony Pena
Cleveland Indians Kerry Wood 3 Tony Sipp Chris Perez Joe Smith
Detroit Tigers Jose Valverde 3 Ryan Perry Joel Zumaya Daniel Schlereth
Kansas City Royals Joakim Soria 5 Kyle Farnsworth Carlos Rosa
Minnesota Twins Jon Rauch 1 Matt Guerrier Jose Mijares Pat Neshek
AL West
Los Angeles Angels Brian Fuentes 2 Fernando Rodney Jason Bulger Scot Shields
Oakland Athletics Andrew Bailey 4 Michael Wuertz Joey Devine Brad Ziegler
Seattle Mariners David Aardsma 3 Mark Lowe Brandon League Shawn Kelley
Texas Rangers Frank Francisco 3 C.J. Wilson Neftali Feliz Chris Ray
* - 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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