Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: Who would replace injured Craig Kimbrel?

by Tim Heaney on April 15, 2014 @ 06:20:00 PDT

 

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Assessing all the fantasy baseball closers....

Craig Kimbrel's sore shoulder has him day-to-day; he and the Atlanta Braves claim it isn't serious. Still, David Carpenter should be on your list to pick up ... just in case, especially if you own fantasy's most famous stopper. Don't be surprised if Jordan Walden chimes in, as well, if this turns into a long-term affair.

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RP Jose Veras, Chicago Cubs
CHC turning back on Veras

Looks like Koji Uehara (shoulder) may dodge a DL bullet. His throwing session Sunday hinted that he is expected to rejoin the Boston Red Sox as long as tests check out. Still, it's not a bad idea to stay put if you had a reasonable speculation on Edward Mujica (or in deeper leagues, Junichi Tazawa).

Jose Veras lost the Chicago Cubs gig. Saves-desperate players can hold him, but not necessarily too tightly. Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon, who logged the save Friday, are the chief candidates. Strop has had long-term momentum since last year, but Rondon's recent run of success may favor him if Strop can't step up.

Luke Gregerson and Sean Doolittle each did the deed for the Oakland Athletics this weekend. This looks like a true committee as Jim Johnson figures things out. Ryan Cook is still working his way back following a DL stint and is a tempting dark horse.

As Matt Lindstrom's struggles continue, Daniel Webb's intrigue grows. Take note, Chicago White Sox fans and fantasy scavengers.

Casey Janssen (back) will rehab for at least two or three outings before returning to the Toronto Blue Jays. Sergio Santos owners should sit still for the chance that he overtakes Janssen naturally or the incumbent struggles to stay healthy or pitch effectively. Hopefully, you've handcuffed them.


Closer Depth Charts

Job Security (JS):
1 (unstable)
to
5 (untouchable)
Health Outlook (HO):
1 (fragile)
to
5 (durable)
: Up
 
+: Added
 
INJ: Injured
: Down
 
M: Minors
 
DL: Disabled List

AL East

Team
JS
HO
Closer
Understudy/Fill-in
Lurker(s)
Baltimore Orioles
2
5
Tommy Hunter Darren O'Day Brian Matusz
Evan Meek
Boston Red Sox
5
3
Edward Mujica Junichi Tazawa
New York Yankees
4
4
David Robertson DL Shawn Kelley Adam Warren
Matt Thornton
Dellin Betances
Tampa Bay Rays
4
4
Grant Balfour Joel Peralta Heath Bell
Jake McGee
Toronto Blue Jays
4
3
Casey Janssen DL Sergio Santos Steve Delabar

 

AL Central

Team
JS
HO
Closer
Understudy/Fill-in
Lurker(s)
Chicago White Sox
1
5
Matt Lindstrom Daniel Webb
Nate Jones DL
Maikel Cleto +
Ronald Belisario
Cleveland Indians
3
5
John Axford Cody Allen Vinnie Pestano M
Bryan Shaw
Detroit Tigers
4
4
Joe Nathan Al Alburquerque Joba Chamberlain
Phil Coke
Kansas City Royals
5
5
Greg Holland Kelvin Herrera
Wade Davis
Tim Collins
Aaron Crow
Minnesota Twins
5
5
Glen Perkins Jared Burton Casey Fien
Michael Tonkin M

 

AL West

Team
JS
HO
Closer
Understudy/Fill-in
Lurker(s)
Houston Astros
N/A
N/A
Committee Jesse Crain DL
Josh Fields
Chad Qualls
Matt Albers
Anthony Bass
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
4
5
Ernesto Frieri Joe Smith Dane De La Rosa M
Michael Kohn
Oakland Athletics
N/A
N/A
Committee Luke Gregerson
Ryan Cook
Sean Doolittle
Jim Johnson
Seattle Mariners
4
5
Fernando Rodney Danny Farquhar Tom Wilhelmsen
Texas Rangers
4
3
Joakim Soria Alexi Ogando
Neal Cotts
Neftali Feliz M
Jason Frasor

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