Fantasy Baseball Closer Report (August 8): Which Closers Have Settled in Since Trade Deadline?

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Holy heck the closer position has been fire since the trade deadline. Not wasting any time to cover some bases.

Locked In 

Matt Barnes – Boston Red Sox

Barnes gave up the game-winning home run to George Springer August 8. The Red Sox as a whole will want to forget that game.

Liam Hendriks – Chicago White Sox

Gregory Soto – Detroit Tigers

Ryan Pressly – Houston Astros

Raisel Iglesias – Anaheim Angels

Lou Trivino – Oakland Athletics

Spencer Patton – Texas Rangers

Jordan Romano – Toronto Blue Jays

Tyler Clippard – Arizona Diamondbacks

Saves are saves, and Arizona should be in a few situations where Clippard can collect them. Arizona continues to be one of the worst closer situations.

Will Smith – Atlanta Braves

Daniel Bard – Colorado Rockies

Kenley Jansen – Los Angeles Dodgers

Dylan Floro – Miami Marlins

Yimi Garcia was moved and Floro was the obvious choice.

Edwin Diaz – New York Mets

Ian Kennedy – Philadelphia Phillies

David Bednar – Pittsburgh Pirates

A 3.30 ERA and 10.9 Strikeouts Per 9 will play, even on a bad team. The 26-year old has been great this season.

Mark Melancon – San Diego Padres

Jake McGee – San Francisco Giants

Alex Reyes – St. Louis Cardinals

Kyle Finnegan – Washington Nationals

4.40 Walks Per 9 takes away some of the sheen of his 0.80 Home Runs Per 9, but Finnegan was holding down the 8th innings while Brad Hand was in town.

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Closer Committees 

Cole Sulser, Dillon Tate, and Tanner Scott – Baltimore Orioles

James Karinchak and Emmanuel Clase – Cleveland Indians

Scott Barlow and Greg Holland – Kansas City Royals

Diego Castillo, Paul Sewald, and Drew Steckenrider – Seattle Mariners

Castillo was moved to Seattle to pitch in a similar closer committee as in Tampa Bay. 

Matt Wisler and Andrew Kittredge – Tampa Bay Rays

Trading Castillo ended up backfiring some for the Rays with multiple relievers injured. Pete Fairbanks would likely lead the committee if he was healthy.

Codi Heuer and Manuel Rodriguez – Chicago Cubs

Heuer has a future-closer fastball and Rodriguez can hit 100 mph on the radar gun. Neither should be closers in 2021.

Mychal Givens and Michael Lorenzen – Cincinnati Reds

I believe this duo is the best 1-2 punch the Reds have had all season.

Injury Opportunities 

Alex Colome – Minnesota Twins

It is unknown if Taylor Rogers will pitch again in 2021, and Colome has filled in nicely after losing the role in the beginning of the season.

Devin Williams – Milwaukee Brewers

Williams and his "Airbender" will close out games while Josh Hader is on the COVID-19 list.

Jonathan Loaisiga, Zack Britton, and Chad Green – New York Yankees

Loaisiga has been one of the best stories among pitchers in the Bronx and gives the Yankees multiple options while Aroldis Chapman recovers from shoulder inflammation.

Next Man Up Adds 

Craig Kimbrel (CHW) – He should not have been dropped but if he was add him. Kimbrel is expected to get some saves opportunities.

Michael Fulmer (DET)

Collin McHugh (TB)

Joe Barlow (TEX)

Brad Hand (TOR)

Lucas Sims (CIN)

Anthony Bender (MIA)

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