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.

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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