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Closer or Poser: Closer Depth Chart 5/4
Cody Crosby,

We continue our Closer Depth Chart to reflect some changes so far during the early part of the 2010 season.

Trevor Hoffman has been uncharacteristically poor so far to start the season leading some to speculate at how long of a leash he has with the Brewers.

Frank Francisco lost his job in Texas to the young Neftali Feliz.

The newest development in closer land is the promotion of Alfredo Simon to the closer role for Baltimore.

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 their job, and their nearest competitors for the closing job.

Team Closer Rating* Next In Line
NL East
Atlanta Braves Billy Wagner 2 Takashi Saito Peter Moylan Kris Medlen
Florida Marlins Leo Nunez 2 Brian Sanches Clay Hensley Burke Badenhop
New York Mets Francisco Rodriguez 5 Pedro Feliciano Fernando Nieve Hasanori Takahasi
Philadelphia Phillies Jose Contreras 1 Brad Lidge Chad Durbin Ryan Madson (INJ)
Washington Nationals Matt Capps 2 Drew Storen Brian Bruney Tyler Clippard
NL Central
Chicago Cubs Carlos Marmol 3 John Grabow Carlos Zambrano Sean Marshall
Cincinnati Reds Francisco Cordero 4 Arthur Rhodes MikeLincoln Jared Burton
Houston Astros Matt Lindstrom 2 Brandon Lyon Jeff Fulchino Chris Sampson
Milwaukee Brewers Trevor Hoffman 2 Todd Coffey LaTroy Hawkins Carlos Villanueva
Pittsburgh Pirates Octavio Dotel 2 Joel Hanrahan Evan Meek Brendan Donnelly
St. Louis Cardinals Ryan Franklin 4 Jason Motte Kyle McClellan Trever Miller
NL West
Arizona Diamondbacks Chad Qualls 3 Juan Gutierrez Aaron Heilman Bob Howry
Colorado Rockies Franklin Morales 2 Manny Corpas Matt Daley Joe Beimel
Los Angeles Dodgers Jonathan Broxton 5 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
AL East
Baltimore Orioles Alfredo Simon 1 Mike Gonzalez (INJ) Cla Meredith
Boston Red Sox Jonathan Papelbon 5 Daniel Bard Manny Delcarmen Hideki Okajima
New York Yankees Mariano Rivera 5 Joba Chamberlain Alfredo Aceves Damaso Marte
Tampa Bay Rays Rafael Soriano 3 Dan Wheeler Grant Balfour Joaquin Benoit
Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Gregg 1 Scott Downs Jason Frasor Jeremy Accardo
AL Central
Chicago White Sox Bobby Jenks 2 Matt Thornton J.J. Putz Sergio Santos
Cleveland Indians Chris Perez 1 Tony Sipp Kerry Wood (INJ) Joe Smith
Detroit Tigers Jose Valverde 4 Ryan Perry Joel Zumaya Phil Coke
Kansas City Royals Joakim Soria 5 Kyle Farnsworth Dusty Hughes
Minnesota Twins Jon Rauch 2 Matt Guerrier Brian Duensing Pat Neshek
AL West
Los Angeles Angels Brian Fuentes 2 Fernando Rodney Jason Bulger Scot Shields
Oakland Athletics Andrew Bailey 4 Michael Wuertz Tyson Ross Brad Ziegler
Seattle Mariners David Aardsma 3 Mark Lowe Brandon League Sean White
Texas Rangers Neftali Feliz 3 Frank Francisco Darren O'Day 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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