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!

For stats/rankings/projections, see all the fun links below.

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

Check out the Player Rater and filter by “RP” to see rankings!

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*** denotes temporary committee situation 

AL West  
Closer Setup Setup Injured
Angels Ryan Tepera

Jimmy Herget

Jose Quijada

Aaron Loup Andrew Wantz

Jesse Chavez

Astros Ryan Pressly Rafael Montero

Hector Neris

Ryne Stanek

Will Smith

Athletics Dany Jimenez

Zach Jackson

A.J. Puk

Domingo Acevedo Sam Moll Deolis Guerra
Mariners Paul Sewald

Erik Swanson

Andres Munoz

Diego Castillo

Penn Murfee

Matthew Festa

Ken Giles

Casey Sadler

Rangers Jonathan Hernandez Brock Burke

Matt Moore

Brett Martin

Jose Leclerc

Dennis Santana

Joe Barlow


AL Central  
Closer Setup Setup Injured
Guardians Emmanuel Clase Trevor Stephan Bryan Shaw

Eli Morgan

Royals Scott Barlow Josh Staumont Taylor Clarke

Dylan Coleman

Tigers Gregory Soto Andrew Chafin Alex Lange

Jose Cisnero

Twins Jorge Lopez Michael Fulmer

Jhoan Duran

Griffin Jax Jorge Alcala

Caleb Thielbar

White Sox Liam Hendriks Kendall Graveman Joe Kelly

Jake Diekman

Aaron Bummer

Reynaldo Lopez

Garrett Crochet


AL East  
Closer Setup Setup Injured
Blue Jays Jordan Romano Adam Cimber

Tim Mayza

Anthony Bass

Yimi Garcia

Orioles Felix Bautista Dillon Tate Cionel Perez

Joey Krehbiel

Rays Brooks Raley

Jason Adam

Pete Fairbanks

Colin Poche

Ryan Thompson Jalen Beeks Andrew Kittredge 

Nick Anderson

J.T. Chargois

J.P. Feyereisen

Matt Wisler

Red Sox Garrett Whitlock John Schreiber Ryan Brasier

Matt Barnes

Tanner Houck
Matt Strahm
Yankees Clay Holmes

Scott Effross

Aroldis Chapman

Wandy Peralta Jonathan Loaisiga Chad Green

Michael King


NL West  
Closer Setup Setup Injured
Diamondbacks Joe Mantiply

Ian Kennedy

Mark Melancon

Noe Ramirez Chris Devenski
Dodgers Craig Kimbrel Evan Phillips Alex Vesia Blake Treinen

Daniel Hudson

Brusdar Graterol

Yency Almonte

Giants Camilo Doval Dominic Leone John Brebbia

Tyler Rogers

Padres Josh Hader Luis Garcia

Nick Martinez

Nabil Crismatt

Adrian Morejon

Robert Suarez

Pierce Johnson

Drew Pomeranz

Rockies Daniel Bard Carlos Estevez Lucas Gilbreath Tyler Kinley

Alex Colome


NL Central  
Closer Setup Setup Injured
Brewers Devin Williams Taylor Rogers Brad Boxberger

Matt Bush

Jake Cousins

Trevor Gott


Ryan Helsley

Giovanny Gallegos


Genesis Cabrera Jordan Hicks Alex Reyes
Cubs Rowan Wick Steven Brault Brandon Hughes Codi Heuer

Brad Wieck

Pirates Wil Crowe Yerry De Los Santos Duane Underwood Jr. David Bednar
Reds Alexis Diaz

Hunter Strickland

Joel Kuhnel

Buck Farmer

Reiver Sanmartin Lucas Sims

Tony Santillan

Art Warren


NL East  
Closer Setup Setup Injured
Braves Kenley Jansen Raisel Iglesias

A.J. Minter


Collin McHugh


Kirby Yates

Luke Jackson


Tanner Scott


Steven Okert Dylan Floro Cole Sulser

Anthony Bender

Mets Edwin Diaz Seth Lugo

Mychal Givens

Adam Ottavino

Trevor May

Nationals Kyle Finnegan Carl Edwards Jr.

Steve Cishek

Tyler Clippard

Victor Arano

Tanner Rainey

Sean Doolittle

Phillies Seranthony Dominguez

David Robertson

Brad Hand Jose Alvarado

Connor Brogdon

Corey Knebel


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Harley Earl
Harley Earl
6 months 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.

6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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!

6 months ago

If healthy Ken Gils does not close?

Reply to  sideshow
6 months ago

I see your reply below. Thanks

Reply to  sideshow
6 months ago

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

Reply to  JKJ
6 months 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
6 months ago

Thanks JKJ!

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
6 months 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.


6 months 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
6 months 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…

6 months 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
6 months 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!