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Closer Report: Edwin Diaz, Ken Giles, Cam Bedrosian and others

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Ray updates his closer rankings for Week 17, and there are lots of changes after all the deals last week at the trade deadline.

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It's been a few weeks since I updated my closer rankings, as I was on vacation during the trade deadline, as usual. It just so happens that I am usually off the week of the trade deadline, as we usually take the last week of July or first week in August off.

Well, last week we saw more closers traded at the trade deadline than I can remember. Here is a list of closers who were traded by the August 1st trade deadline.

Aroldis Chapman - Cubs

Andrew Miller - Indians

Jeremy Jeffress - Rangers

Mark Melancon - Nationals

Brad Ziegler - Red Sox

Fernando Rodney - Marlins

Along with those closers being traded, we had several others losing the job including Steve Cishek in Seattle, Will Harris in Houston and Huston Street in Los Angeles (AL).

With all these changes, there were plenty of changes in my rankings and in the set up guys behind them this week.

The closer making the biggest move in my rankings is the Mariners Edwin Diaz. The former starting pitching prospect was called up to work in the bullpen and it was a matter of time before Steve Cishek lost the role, as he is one of the more inconsistent closers in the game. Diaz has been absolutely dominating since his call up, striking out 53 and walking 8 in 29 innings of work. He leads all relievers with a 45.2% strikeout percentage, and ranks second behind Indians new closer Andrew Miller with a 38.7 K-BB%. Dominating.

A few weeks ago, I decided to waive my $33 Ken Giles, as he was lost behind Will Harris and Luke Gregerson in the Astros bullpen. Fast forward a few weeks and my worst nightmare has come true. He is now closing after several Harris implosions. Giles has pitched better than his ERA indicates this season, as his strikeout rate has increased and his walk rate has dropped.

After a few blowups from veteran closer Huston Street, the Angels made a change, a change many expected, by installing Cam Bedrosian as their new guy in the ninth inning. Bedrosian has been lights out in his 40+ innings this season, striking out 11 batters every nine innings while limiting the free pass and the long ball. He is no stranger in handling the ninth inning duties, as he was a closer throughout the minors.

Braves closer Jim Johnson has turned things around since the beginning of June and has saved eight games since taking over the role for Arodys Vizcaino, currently on the disabled list. But, Vizcaino is due back soon, possibly by the end of this week or early next week, and one of them could be traded by the August 31st waiver trade deadline. Mauricio Cabrera is one of two relievers who owns an average fastball in the triple digits, and I am sure you know who the other guy is.

Rockies closer Carlos Estevez blew a save last week, and with Adam Ottovino waiting for his shot at the ninth inning role, many were wondering if Estevez would lose the role, but manager Walt Weiss is sticking with him for the time being.

Rank

Team

Name

Second Option

Third Option

Sleeper

1

Cubs

Aroldis Chapman

Hector Rondon

Pedro Strop

Justin Grimm

2

Dodgers

Kenley Jansen

Pedro Baez

Joe Blanton

3

Orioles

Zach Britton

Darren O'Day

Brad Brach

Mychal Givens

4

Yankees

Dellin Betances

Tyler Clippard

Adam Warren

5

Indians

Andrew Miller

Cody Allen

Bryan Shaw

Zach McAllister

6

Red Sox

Craig Kimbrel

Brad Ziegler

Koji Uehara

7

Mariners

Edwin Diaz

Tom Wilhelmson

Steve Cishek

Drew Storen

8

Mets

Jeurys Familia

Addison Reed

Hansel Robles

9

Marlins

A.J. Ramos

Fernando Rodney

Kyle Barraclough

10

Rays

Alex Colome

Xavier Cedeno

Erasmo Ramirez

Brad Boxberger (DL)

11

Nationals

Mark Melancon

Shawn Kelley

Jonathan Papelbon

12

Royals

Kelvin Herrera

Joakim Soria

Peter Moylan

Wade Davis  (DL)

13

White Sox

David Robertson

Nate Jones

Matt Albers

14

Blue Jays

Roberto Osuna

Jason Grilli

Joaquin Benoit

15

Cardinals

Seung-Hwan Oh

Kevin Siegrist

Jonathan Broxton

16

Astros

Ken Giles

Luke Gregerson

Will Harris

Michael Feliz

17

Giants

Santiago Casilla

Sergio Romo

Will Smith

Hunter Strickland

18

Phillies

Jeanmar Gomez

Hector Neris

Edubray Ramos

19

Rangers

Sam Dyson

Jeremy Jeffress

Jake Diekman

Matt Bush

20

Tigers

Francisco Rodriguez

Justin Wilson

Shane Greene

21

Athletics

Ryan Madson

Ryan Dull

John Axford

Sean Doolittle

22

Pirates

Tony Watson

Neftali Feliz

Felipe Rivero

23

Rockies

Carlos Estevez

Adam Ottovino

Jake McGee

24

Angels

Cam Bedrosian

Huston Street

Fernando Salas

25

Braves

Jim Johnson

Mauricio Cabrera

Chris Withrow (DL)

Arodys Vizcaino (DL)

26

Reds

Tony Cingrani

Raisel Iglesias

Michael Lorenzen

27

Brewers

Tyler Thornburg

Corey Knebel

Carlos Torres

28

Padres

Brandon Mauer

Ryan Buchter

Kevin Quackenbush

29

Diamondbacks

Jake Barrett

Daniel Hudson

Randall Delgado

30

Twins

Brandon Kintzler

Ryan Pressly

Trevor May

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