I am a firm believer that due to the annual turnover in closers, you can grab saves late in snake drafts or cheaper than a share of Citigroup in auction drafts. Every year, you can expect at least 5-8 closers to lose their jobs due to injury, trade, or just poor performance.
Here's a look at the 2009 closers by team. I have included the expected backup closer/set-up man:
Of the crop of set-up men listed above, the guys I think have the best chances at getting some saves, even significant saves are:
Jose Ceda-Florida-there's a reason why they traded Kevin Gregg for this guy-he can bring the heat.
Kevin Gregg-Chicago-Marmol was lights out as the set-up man the last few years, but we do not know how he will handle the closers job in 2009, and he got hit a little bit in the winter leagues.
Jason Motte-St. Louis-another guy who can bring the heat, who has put up very good peripheral stats in 2008.
Carlos Villaneuva-Milwaukee-he may be the best reliever in the Brewers bullpen.
Hong Chi Kuo-Los Angeles-there are some in the Dodgers organization who have worries whether Broxton can handle the closers job. Kuo, when healthy, could be a dominant closer. Others in the organization think one of the Dodgers prospects can handle the job also.
Manny Corpas-Colorado-he may win the job out of spring training (selfishly, I hope he does). If not, Street could easily be traded by the trade deadline should the Rockies fall out of the playoff race.