It’s officially the last week of fantasy baseball season which means for anyone who is out of title contention, fantasy baseball research season begins. For today’s SAGNOF, I am going to open myself up to personal torture and I will try to rank closers for next season. For this exercise, I tried to give each team a projected saves leader based on guys who I expect to be on the roster for next season. This means, either signed through 2022 at least or they have a mutual option. I also included Craig Kimbrel, Kenley Jansen, and Raisel Iglesias who all should be available in Free Agency and should get another closer gig. So feel free to mock my picks and make sure to follow this list exclusively next March when you do your drafts.

Rank Player Team
1 Josh Hader MIL
2 Liam Hendricks CHW
3 Ryan Pressly HOU
4 Aroldis Chapman NYY
5 Raisel Iglesias FA
6 Edwin Diaz NYM
7 Craig Kimbrel FA-Vesting Option
8 Jordan Romano TOR
9 Emmanuel Clase CLE
10 Kenley Jansen FA
11 Jake McGee SF
12 Mark Melancon SD
13 Will Smith ATL
14 Giovanny Gallegos STL
15 Dylan Floro MIA
16 Blake Treinen LAD
17 Peter Fairbanks TB
18 Paul Sewald SEA
19 Lou Trivino OAK
20 Tanner Rainey WAS
21 Garrett Whitlock BOS
22 Joe Barlow TEX
23 Scott Barlow KC
24 Rowan Wick CHC
25 Hector Neris PHI
26 Mike Mayers LAA
27 Taylor Rogers MIN
28 Michael Lorenzen CIN
29 Carlos Estevez COL
30 Michael Fulmer DET
31 David Bednar PIT
32 Cole Sulser BAL
33 J.B. Wendelken ARI

Some quick notes on guys/landing spots:

  • Kimbrel has a vesting option that has not vested yet, I expect teams like the Phillies and Athletics to be active in bidding for his services
  • Jansen and Iglesias will be also be highly bid on if they don’t return to their respective teams and both will be top 10 options if they land a full-time job
  • Chapman has struggled most of 2021 but he has finished strong and will likely be a top 5 draft choice next season
  • TB/SEA/BOS/OAK are among a subset of solid teams with big question marks who I anticipate filling the spot from within
  • Some of the closing roles on bad teams appear to be filled and these end-game closers can be some of the most valuable for fantasy purposes don’t forget about them when drafting

This will certainly be a fun exercise for me to revisit at the beginning of next season as the first issue of closer rankings will likely see half of these names change. Best of luck to everyone finishing up their title runs.