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

Fantasy baseball Closer Rankings: Huston Street, Joakim Soria, other closers on the trading block
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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.

1. Craig Kimbrel

Atlanta Braves

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2. Koji Uehara

Boston Red Sox

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3. Aroldis Chapman

Cincinnati Reds

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4. Greg Holland

Kansas City Royals

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5. Kenley Jansen

Los Angeles Dodgers

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6. Huston 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.

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7. Joakim Soria

Texas Rangers

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

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8. Sean Doolittle

Oakland Athletics

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9. Rafael Soriano

Washington Nationals

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10. Steve Cishek

Miami Marlins

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11. Glen Perkins

Minnesota Twins

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12. Francisco 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.

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13. David Robertson

New York Yankees

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14. Casey Janssen

Toronto Blue Jays

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15. Trevor Rosenthal

St. Louis Cardinals

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16. Fernando Rodney

Seattle Mariners

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17. Jonathan Papelbon

Philadelphia Phillies

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

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18. Zach Britton

Baltimore Orioles

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19. Addison Reed

Arizona Diamondbacks

Reed never makes it easy. Beware the looming Brad Ziegler.

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20. Cody Allen

Cleveland Indians

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21. Chad 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.

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22. LaTroy Hawkins

Colorado Rockies

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23. Joe Smith

Los Angeles Angels

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24. Jake McGee

Tampa Bay Rays

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25. Mark 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.

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26. Hector Rendon

Chicago Cubs

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27. Santiago Casilla

San Francisco Giants

Casilla was named the official closer by Bruce Bochy last week.

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28. Jenrry Mejia

New York Mets

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29. Jake 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.

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30. Joe Nathan

Detroit Tigers

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31. Joba 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.

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32. Joaquin Benoit

San Diego Padres

Benoit seems like a sure bet to be traded, and the Tigers know him well. Hmm...

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33. Brad Ziegler

Detroit Tigers

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34. Joel Peralta

Tampa Bay Rays

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35. Wade Davis

Kansas City Royals

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36. Danny Farquhar

Seattle Mariners

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37. Neil Ramirez

Chicago Cubs

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38. Grant Balfour

Tampa Bay Rays

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39. Drew Storen

Washington Nationals

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40. Pat Neshek

St. Louis Cardinals

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41. Tony Watson

Pittsburgh Pirates

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42. Bryan Shaw

Cleveland Indians

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43. Dellin Betances

New York Yankees

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44. Junichi Tazawa

Boston Red Sox

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45. Tyler Clippard

Washington Nationals

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46. Neftali Feliz

Texas Rangers

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

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47. Zach Putnam

Chicago White Sox

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48. Jason Grilli

Los Angeles Angels

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49. Jonathan Broxton

Cincinnati Reds

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50. Darren O'Day

Baltimore Orioles