Closer Rankings: Street, Soria, other closers on the trading block

Wednesday July 9th, 2014

The trade deadline is just three weeks away, and that means it's time to start speculating in the saves market. A number of closers (hey, Huston Street. Looking at you, Chad Qualls) could be dealt by July 31. While a guy like Street would almost certainly remain a closer with his new team, a lesser option like Qualls would probably go back to being a setup man. Fantasy owners need to be considering the implications of potential trades right now.

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Of course, if a sitting closer is traded, that creates a void on his current team. If Street is pitching for someone other than the Padres on August 1, Joaquin Benoit would likely take over as the closer. However, the Padres are also getting calls on the veteran setup man. Should be have new homes in the near future, it would likely be Dale Thayer taking over the ninth-inning duties in San Diego.

With the Rangers looking like potential sellers, GM Jon Daniels is likely to receive offers for Joakim Soria. That makes Neftali Feliz a strong target for save-needy fantasy owners. Tony Sipp, Jose Veras or Josh Fields could become the closer in Houston if the Astros find a taker for Qualls.

The trade season is just beginning, and relief pitchers are certain to be in play. Now is the time for savvy fantasy owners to start taking some chances on potential closers.

Fantasy baseball Closer Rankings
  • 1
    1Craig Kimbrel
    Atlanta Braves

  • 2
    2Koji Uehara
    Boston Red Sox

  • 3
    3Aroldis Chapman
    Cincinnati Reds

  • 4

    4Greg Holland
    Kansas City Royals

  • 5

    5Kenley Jansen
    Los Angeles Dodgers

  • 6
    6Huston Street
    San Diego Padres
    Street seems like a lock to be traded by the deadline. Any team that acquires him would likely make him their closer.

  • 7
    7Joakim Soria
    Texas Rangers
    Soria is a prime candidate to get dealt with the Rangers inching ever closer to being a seller.

  • 8
    8Sean Doolittle
    Oakland Athletics

  • 9
    9Rafael Soriano
    Washington Nationals

  • 10
    10Steve Cishek
    Miami Marlins

  • 11
    11Glen Perkins
    Minnesota Twins

  • 12
    12Francisco Rodriguez
    Milwaukee Brewers
    Rodriguez was named to the NL All-Star Team over the weekend. It has been quite the resurgent year for the 32-year-old.

  • 13
    13David Robertson
    New York Yankees

  • 14
    14Casey Janssen
    Toronto Blue Jays

  • 15
    15Trevor Rosenthal
    St. Louis Cardinals

  • 16
    16Fernando Rodney
    Seattle Mariners

  • 17
    17Jonathan Papelbon
    Philadelphia Phillies
    Papelbon would likely be a popular name on the hot stove if he didn't have such a terrible contract.

  • 18
    18Zach Britton
    Baltimore Orioles

  • 19
    19Addison Reed
    Arizona Diamondbacks
    Reed never makes it easy. Beware the looming Brad Ziegler.

  • 20
    20Cody Allen
    Cleveland Indians

  • 21
    21Chad Qualls
    Houston Astros
    The Astros will have to consider any offers they receive for Qualls, and he'd more than likely move into a setup role if he were traded.

  • 22
    22LaTroy Hawkins
    Colorado Rockies

  • 23
    23Joe Smith
    Los Angeles Angels

  • 24
    24Jake McGee
    Tampa Bay Rays

  • 25
    25Mark Melancon
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    Melancon seemingly solidfied the closer's role when Pittsburgh sent Jason Grilli to the Angels, but he has struggled while Tony Watson has been unhittable.

  • 26
    26Hector Rendon
    Chicago Cubs

  • 27
    27Santiago Casilla
    San Francisco Giants
    Casilla was named the official closer by Bruce Bochy last week.

  • 28
    28Jenrry Mejia
    New York Mets

  • 29
    29Jake Petricka
    Chicago White Sox
    Robin Ventura has held off on anointing Petricka the closer, but he picked up a save over the weekend. He's the White Sox reliever to own.

  • 30
    30Joe Nathan
    Detroit Tigers

  • 31

    31Joba Chamberlain
    Detroit Tigers
    Chamberlain could get a shot at some saves with Nathan scuffling. More likely, though, the Tigers will make a move for a closer.

  • 32

    32Joaquin Benoit
    San Diego Padres
    Benoit seems like a sure bet to be traded, and the Tigers know him well. Hmm...

  • 33
    33Brad Ziegler
    Detroit Tigers

  • 34

    34Joel Peralta
    Tampa Bay Rays

  • 35

    35Wade Davis
    Kansas City Royals

  • 36

    36Danny Farquhar
    Seattle Mariners

  • 37

    37Neil Ramirez
    Chicago Cubs

  • 38

    38Grant Balfour
    Tampa Bay Rays

  • 39

    39Drew Storen
    Washington Nationals

  • 40

    40Pat Neshek
    St. Louis Cardinals

  • 41

    41Tony Watson
    Pittsburgh Pirates

  • 42

    42Bryan Shaw
    Cleveland Indians

  • 43

    43Dellin Betances
    New York Yankees

  • 44

    44Junichi Tazawa
    Boston Red Sox

  • 45

    45Tyler Clippard
    Washington Nationals

  • 46

    46Neftali Feliz
    Texas Rangers
    If the Rangers swing a Joakim Soria deal, the once-dominant Feliz would likely step back into the closer's role.

  • 47

    47Zach Putnam
    Chicago White Sox

  • 48

    48Jason Grilli
    Los Angeles Angels

  • 49

    49Jonathan Broxton
    Cincinnati Reds

  • 50

    50Darren O'Day
    Baltimore Orioles

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