Bullpen Chart

Below, you’ll find bullpen charts for each team. Bullpens are a messy business to track, but the purpose here is to highlight each team’s closer(s) and setup men. Middle and long relief pitchers will not be listed. You can more or less expect the chart to read left-to-right in order of importance, but again, it can be a fluid situation day-to-day, week-to-week (looking at you, Tampa Bay Rays!). So, not only are we highlighting saves options, we’ve got you saves+holds folks covered, too!

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Please note: For injuries, I will only be listing lengthier ones. Quick stints on the COVID-IL, bereavement leave, etc. will be ignored.

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* denotes LHP 

AL West  
Closer Setup Setup Injured
Angels Carlos Estevez Ryan Tepera

Jimmy Herget

*Matt Moore

*Aaron Loup

Astros Ryan Pressly Rafael Montero

Hector Neris

Bryan Abreu

Ryne Stanek

Athletics Trevor May

Dany Jimenez

Zach Jackson

Domingo Acevedo

*Sam Moll  




Mariners Paul Sewald

Andres Munoz

Diego Castillo Penn Murfee

Matt Brash

Rangers Jose Leclerc Jonathan Hernandez

*Brock Burke

*Will Smith

Joe Barlow


AL Central  
Closer Setup Setup Injured
Guardians Emmanuel Clase James Karinchak Trevor Stephan

Eli Morgan

*Sam Hentges
Royals Scott Barlow Dylan Coleman

*Aroldis Chapman

Taylor Clarke
Tigers Alex Lange Jose Cisnero Will Vest

Jason Foley

Twins Jorge Lopez

Jhoan Duran

Griffin Jax *Caleb Thielbar

Jorge Alcala

White Sox Kendall Graveman

Reynaldo Lopez

*Aaron Bummer Joe Kelly

*Jake Diekman

Liam Hendriks

*Garrett Crochet


AL East  
Closer Setup Setup Injured
Blue Jays Jordan Romano Anthony Bass

Yimi Garcia

Erik Swanson

Adam Cimber

*Tim Mayza

Orioles Felix Bautista *Cionel Perez Bryan Baker Dillon Tate

Mychal Givens

Rays Pete Fairbanks Jason Adam

*Colin Poche

Ryan Thompson

*Jalen Beeks

Andrew Kittredge

Shawn Armstrong

Red Sox Kenley Jansen John Schreiber

Chris Martin

*Richard Bleier *Joely Rodriguez
Yankees Clay Holmes Michael King

Jonathan Loaisiga

*Wandy Peralta

Ron Marinaccio

Tommy Kahnle

Lou Trivino

Scott Effross


NL West  
Closer Setup Setup Injured
Diamondbacks Miguel Castro

*Andrew Chafin

Scott McGough

Kevin Ginkel

Cole Sulser

*Kyle Nelson Mark Melancon

*Joe Mantiply

Dodgers Brusdar Graterol Evan Phillips

*Alex Vesia

Yency Almonte

*Caleb Ferguson

Daniel Hudson

Blake Treinen

Alex Reyes

Giants Camilo Doval *Taylor Rogers

Tyler Rogers

John Brebbia Luke Jackson
Padres *Josh Hader Luis Garcia Drew Pomeranz

Steven Wilson

*Tim Hill

Robert Suarez
Rockies *Brad Hand

Pierce Johnson

Dinelson Lamet

Justin Lawrence

Brent Suter Tyler Kinley

Lucas Gilbreath

Daniel Bard


NL Central  
Closer Setup Setup Injured
Brewers Devin Williams Matt Bush Peter Strzelecki

Javy Guerra

*Aaron Ashby

Ryan Helsley


Giovanny Gallegos Jordan Hicks

*Zack Thompson

Cubs Michael Fulmer

Brad Boxberger

Adbert Alzolay Jeremiah Estrada

Rowan Wick

Codi Heuer

Brandon Hughes

Pirates David Bednar Duane Underwood

Wil Crowe

Chase De Jong *Jarlin Garcia
Reds Alexis Diaz *Reiver Sanmartin Buck Farmer Lucas Sims

Tejay Antone


NL East  
Closer Setup Setup Injured
Braves *A.J. Minter Joe Jimenez  

Collin McHugh


Raisel Iglesias

Tyler Matzek


Dylan Floro

*Tanner Scott

*A.J. Puk


*Steven Okert

J.T. Chargois

Matt Barnes Anthony Bender
Mets David Robertson Adam Ottavino *Brooks Raley

Drew Smith

Edwin Diaz
Nationals Kyle Finnegan Carl Edwards Jr. Hunter Harvey Tanner Rainey
Phillies Craig Kimbrel

Seranthony Dominguez

*Jose Alvarado

*Gregory Soto Andrew Bellatti


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12 days ago

I’m waiting for the Holds Chart Thread. Do you know when is it gonna be up? Thanks in advance. :)

1 month ago

Thank you for doing this chart.
I’m thinking of joining a 12 team saves/holds league for the first time. Can you give me your thoughts on when to draft a relief pitcher? It seems that closers won’t go as early in drafts with each MLB team having a “holds” guy as well. The league rules are 9 pitchers active for each week so would it be 6 SP’s and 3 RP’s or 7&2? I could be totally wrong on my thinking, please pass along the strategy of drafting a pitching staff. Thanks again.

Reply to  JKJ
1 month ago

Pack is fine…..lol

It’s a roto league, 12 teams, save/holds is one category.

So you are saying the draft strategy would be to get an established closer then I can wait for further closers and hold guys?

It’s a pretty hefty entry fee so I want to enter but have never played SVHD cat before. There is FAAB so there is always that too.

I draft bats first as you said so that doesn’t change.

Reply to  JKJ
1 month ago

Great, thank you. I think I’ll give it a shot.
The baseball season is such a grind and you can tell when some fantasy players in the league take a week off or more. Gives us guys who stick it out a better chance for key pick ups on the wire.

1 month ago

Thanks JKJ!

Will look do Deal Bautista.

1 month ago

Have Helsley(10) and Bautista(10) and Bednar(4) I know keeping closers is not usually wise. Would you keep Severino(10) or Luis Garcia (5) or Pablo Lopez(6)
or Gleyber(10) over any of these closers?

Reply to  Eric
1 month ago

Standard 5×5 $260
9 keepers

Reply to  JKJ
1 month ago

I would keep a wild raccoon in my bathroom over keeping a closer.

Reply to  everywhereblair
1 month ago


Harley Earl
Harley Earl
1 year ago

Reyes is being stretched out as a starter, to take Carlos Martinez’ spot in the rotation. I suppose it’s possible they leave him in a setup role, which would probably be their wisest decision. But Mozeliak has publicly stated their intentions to put him in the rotation.

1 year ago

Do you really see Puk filling a legit role this year? Deciding whether to keep him or not in an 18 team dynasty league.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

Fearless Raccoon
Fearless Raccoon
1 year ago

Oh! Forgot I have Ken Giles $10 on my roster as well! So that’s FIVE “sort-of” closers. Yeah, bullpen pain indeed.

Fearless Raccoon
Fearless Raccoon
Reply to  JKJ
1 year ago

Thanks very much, JKJ!

I totally agree about Giles, and that Barlow and Rogers are the best bets – it makes me feel better to get some confirmation from you, so thank you!

I do worry about Rogers being a FA after this year and may well be trade bait at some point, I’d guess. And MIN seems to like a committee. But Rogers is pretty damn good while it lasts, certainly worth $6.

Barlow does seem like a decent bet to keep his job, and the Royals are up and coming.

Soto is on another team whose mgr doesn’t seem to have an exclusive closer. His poor command scares me, and he has Fulmer and Lange breathing down his neck. But he’s cheap at $7, so IF I keep 3, he’d be the third.

Sewald was insanely great last year.10W, 10SV, 104K, 3.06/1.02!! But he’s also got terrific competition between Castillo, Steckenrider, Giles and Andres Munoz, and Sewald came out of nowhere – was he a flash in the pan? So yeah, I’ll toss him back and hope to get him again for $5 or so.

Fearless Raccoon
Fearless Raccoon
1 year ago

I’m in an AL-only keeper leagues, and I have too many keepers. If I can only keep 2 or 3 of these four, which ones would you suggest?

Taylor Rogers $6
Gregory Soto $7
Scott Barlow $10
Paul Sewald $10

Thank you for your thoughts!

1 year ago

If healthy Ken Gils does not close?

Reply to  sideshow
1 year ago

I see your reply below. Thanks

Reply to  sideshow
1 year ago

I’d guess Ken Giles does close…JKJ what is the meaning of this?!

Reply to  JKJ
1 year ago

put on your big boy pants and do some big boy ranks! (I really think Giles is in the lead if he’s healthy, which he should be, but just my two cents)

Joe Buckyourself
Joe Buckyourself
1 year ago

Thanks JKJ!

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
1 year ago

JKJ! Loving your first baseball post for 2022, for the newly flavored site. This is something that will likely make or break my teams this year.

Looking forward to all the help you, Grey, and the whole gang will be providing me this year.


1 year ago

It’s weird how happy it makes me to see this, knowing each of these guys will cause me so much agony

Laura Holt
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Ha, I was thinking the same thing! Great write up JKJ — this really does make me smile at the promise ahead, and want to cry at my future suffering at the same time. After swearing I wouldn’t touch the Reds or Orioles bullpens this year under any circumstances, I already have shares of both Sims and Sulser and it’s still the middle of January, sigh… they were both so good over the last month of the season that I couldn’t resist. And don’t get me started about the aneurysm I feel like I’m going to have when I try to figure out who’s gonna end up closing in SD…

1 year ago

Love the chart. I look forward to referring to it often. Obviously, Kimbrell getting traded and Kenley signing will change things.

Do you anticipate Ian Kennedy being a relevant name for Saves/holds? I have him in a saves+holds dynasty. Names like Wick, Sims, Neris, Fairbanks, and Giles are available. Any of those jump out as 25 plus saves/holds and good K rate?

Reply to  JKJ
1 year ago

Big help! Thank you so much.

I had thought Sims might be a cool late round add in redrafts considering his 14.6 K/9 and 3.01 fip. Hope they let him take the roll and he stays healthy!