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2018 Fantasy Baseball Closers

Keep up with the latest changes to each team's closer situation.

2018 Closer Depth Chart for Fantasy Baseball

Team Current Closer Security Health Other Closing Candidates
ARI Brad Boxberger High Good Archie Bradley, Yoshihisa Hirano

2018 Closer Situations: Team-By-Team Analysis

Arizona Diamondbacks
Arizona Diamondbacks

Current Closer: Brad Boxberger

Next In Line: Archie Bradley, Yoshihisa Hirano

(5/17): Following the offseason departure of Fernando Rodney, who signed a one-year contract with the Twins after saving 39 games last season, the Diamondbacks entered spring training without a closer. Manager Torey Lovullo cleared things up late in camp, announcing March 27 that Boxberger would serve as the team's closer to open the season.

Boxberger has thus far given Lovullo little reason to change things up at closer, as the right-hander has struck out more than a batter per inning while converting 12 of 13 save chances. He has seen a slight spike in walk rate, which bears watching, but the 30-year-old looks poised to enjoy decent security at the back of the bullpen, barring a string of blown saves.

Should Boxberger falter at all, Bradley would be the top option to take over at closer. Bradley found his calling as a high-leverage reliever in 2017, with an upper-90s fastball and an improved ability to find the strike zone aiding his success. He's maintained his level of performance so far in 2018 and has already picked up a pair of saves when Boxberger wasn't available. Bradley still warrants a roster spot in most formats even without the closing gig given his tidy ERA and solid ratios.

Hirano brings closing experience from his time in Japan the last five seasons, but he has been forced to settle for setup work in his first foray in the majors. Hirano doesn't offer premium velocity, but controls his pitches well and has excelled at generating groundballs, which has allowed him to emerge as a dependable seventh- and eighth-inning man for the Diamondbacks.

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