Bell, Ray and Hanrahan (assuming they're the closers) have generally been available pretty late in the mocks I've been doing.
I think it's pretty set that Bell inherited the role. Other spots you can look toward if you get in trouble there are:
1. A lot of drafters will forget that Bell closing doesn't mean that Hoffman is out of a job. Hoffman may be around VERY late, especially considering an average-level draft group. His peripherals were surprisingly good last year.
2. Frank Francisco. I've seen this guy be absolutely lights out and he's one CJ Wilson blow up away from a closing role. Last year, he sported a .8 HR/9 and a dominant 3:1 K/BB. Thems closer numbers.
3. Joel Zumaya. It might be dangerous going anywhere near the DET pen after last season, but Zumaya is the closer of the future in my mind. He's just gotta stay heathy. He's set to be available for spring training. According to one scout, "You bring him in for one inning, he throws 100, and you walk to the mound and shake hands..."
4. Take a gamble on Wheeler or Balfour coming away with the TB closer spot. Admittedly, I'm not sure what's going on with that situation, but both Wheeler and Balfour have the experience and the stuff to get the job done.
5. Seattle. JJ Putz thinks Roy Corcoran should close.
“If you’re looking for the guy who’s got it downstairs, Corcoran is best suited to close,” Putz said. “Roy didn’t care what his role was last year, when he came in, he was ready. I think if he knew the job was his, he’d be even better at it. To me, he’s a right-handed Eddie Guardado with a better fastball. He’s not afraid of anyone, and he can do the job.” Maybe it's the Ms year to contend after severely disappointing, and if they do I think they'll have to be on the winning side of a lot of tight games.
Closers I'd stay away from, even late:
1. Lindstrom -- the guy has terrible numbers (barely a 2:1 K/BB ratio and fewer than 1:1 K/9 ratio leaves me thinking he's going to create a lot of jams that he won't get himself out of.
2. Hanrahan. Other than the idea that the Nats are a favorite to win 30 games this year, his numbers make Lindstrom look lights out. In 164.3 lifetime innings, he sports a 4.72 ERA, and 1.6 K/BB.
3. Aaron Heilman -- saw this guy blow a career's worth of games with NYM. He's a walk off HR waiting to happen. Last year's 5.21 ERA and 1.6 WHIP in a weak NL east should scare anyone straight.