Broxton takes over top fireman role

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, Dodgers 2. Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox 3. Mariano Rivera, Yankees 4. Heath Bell, Padres 5. Trevor Hoffman, Brewers 6. Francisco Rodriguez, Mets 7. Joakim Soria, Royals 8. Rafael Soriano, Rays 9. Frank Francisco, Rangers 10. Brian Fuentes, Angels 11. Netfali Feliz, Rangers 12. Jose Valverde, Tigers 13. Andrew Bailey, Athletics 14. Brad Lidge, Phillies 15. Billy Wagner, Braves 16. Francisco Cordero, Reds 17. Ryan Franklin, Cardinals 18. Kerry Wood, Indians 19. Jon Rauch, Twins 20. Carlos Marmol, Cubs 21. Mike Gonzalez, Orioles 22. David Aardsma, Mariners 23. Jason Frasor, Blue Jays 24. Huston Street, Rockies 25. Bobby Jenks, White Sox 26. Leo Nunez, Marlins 27. Brandon Lyon, Astros 28. C.J. Wilson, Rangers 29. Michael Wuertz, Athletics 30. Brian Wilson, Giants 31. Sergio Romo, Giants 32. Chris Perez, Indians 33. Luke Gregerson, Padres 34. Daniel Bard, Red Sox 35. Ryan Perry, Tigers 36. Drew Storen, Nationals 37. Alfredo Aceves, Yankees 38. J.P. Howell, Rays 39. Juan Cruz, Royals 40. Jason Motte, Cardinals 41. Joey Devine, Athletics 42. Fernando Rodney, Angels 43. Matt Lindstrom, Astros 44. Matt Guerrier, Twins 45. Dan Wheeler, Rays

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