Introduction: Let's just cut through all the hooey on this positional breakdown, OK? In terms of saves, ERA, strikeouts and WHIP (and in that order) ... these are the best 45 relievers to target on draft day, with the provision to stay away from our prior No. 2, Joe Nathan, who likely will be sidelined for the season with a torn ligament in his elbow
1. Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers2. Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox3. Mariano Rivera, Yankees4. Heath Bell, Padres5. Trevor Hoffman, Brewers6. Francisco Rodriguez, Mets7. Joakim Soria, Royals8. Rafael Soriano, Rays9. Frank Francisco, Rangers10. Brian Fuentes, Angels11. Netfali Feliz, Rangers12. Jose Valverde, Tigers13. Andrew Bailey, Athletics14. Brad Lidge, Phillies15. Billy Wagner, Braves16. Francisco Cordero, Reds17. Ryan Franklin, Cardinals18. Kerry Wood, Indians19. Jon Rauch, Twins20. Carlos Marmol, Cubs21. Mike Gonzalez, Orioles22. David Aardsma, Mariners23. Jason Frasor, Blue Jays24. Huston Street, Rockies25. Bobby Jenks, White Sox26. Leo Nunez, Marlins27. Brandon Lyon, Astros28. C.J. Wilson, Rangers29. Michael Wuertz, Athletics30. Brian Wilson, Giants31. Sergio Romo, Giants32. Chris Perez, Indians33. Luke Gregerson, Padres34. Daniel Bard, Red Sox35. Ryan Perry, Tigers36. Drew Storen, Nationals37. Alfredo Aceves, Yankees38. J.P. Howell, Rays39. Juan Cruz, Royals40. Jason Motte, Cardinals41. Joey Devine, Athletics42. Fernando Rodney, Angels43. Matt Lindstrom, Astros44. Matt Guerrier, Twins45. Dan Wheeler, Rays
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