Top 15 Dynasty League Closers: Take Two

Closers are a volatile bunch.  It’s a fantasy mantra and a good one.  So, for those who participate in dynasty leagues, how do the rankings fall?  How far do you push up a younger closer who has proven capable?  How far do you drop a veteran who may only have a year or two left?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Jonathan Broxton – Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. Joakim Soria – Kansas City Royals
  3. Jonathan Papelbon – Boston Red Sox
  4. Joe Nathan – Minnesota Twins
  5. Francisco Rodriguez – New York Mets
  6. Andrew Bailey – Oakland Athletics
  7. Mariano Rivera – New York Yankees
  8. Brian Wilson – San Francisco Giants
  9. Jose Valverde – Detroit Tigers
  10. Huston Street – Colorado Rockies
  11. Carlos Marmol – Chicago Cubs
  12. Frank Francisco – Texas Rangers
  13. Heath Bell – San Diego Padres
  14. Rafael Soriano – Tampa Bay Rays
  15. Mike Gonzalez – Baltimore Orioles

Thoughts:

  • Soria has already proven that he has the ability to be an elite closer and is just 25-years old (he’ll turn 26 in May).  You can talk to me about being the closer on a bad team all you want, but 72 saves over the past two seasons really tells me all I need to know.
  • At 40-years old, how far do we downgrade Mariano Rivera, possibly the best closer in baseball history?  That’s one of the biggest questions facing dynasty league owners, isn’t it?
  • I have my concerns about Andrew Bailey for 2010, but at 25-years old and with the season he posted last year, he is a borderline Top 5 closer for dynasty leaguers.
  • Heath Bell could be dealt, losing his closers duties.  With rumors like that out there, you can’t rank him too highly in dynasty leagues.  If I’m drafting a closer with the potential to help for the next few seasons, I just don’t want too much uncertainty hanging over him.
  • Frank Francisco may seem a bit out of place, but I am probably one of his biggest supporters.  The faith that the Rangers showed in him last season speaks volumes and he proved that he could handle the job.  He is no spring chicken, at 30-years old, but he has the potential to be a solid option for many years to come.
  • We all know that Carlos Marmol has the stuff to be an excellent closer.  Will he have the control to get the job done long-term?  That’s the million-dollar question.  Still, closer is an unstable position, so he’s worth taking the risk on.
  • Where’s Trevor Hoffman?  One of the all-time greats falls short of this list due strictly to his age.

What are your thoughts on this list?  Who’s too high?  Who was left off?

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8 comments

  1. GT says:

    Ryan Franklin?

    I know he’s getting on in years, but his last three seasons have been pretty solid, he’s just getting into that “dominant closer” persona a la Jenks (or John “Dickbag” Rocker), and with that offense he’s got a shot at 3 more productive years of 35+ saves possible. The age risk is a big concern, but Valverde, Bell, Rivera, and Hoffman are not young either.

    Come to think of it, it’s really that closer persona of stupid facial hair/badass attitude/crazy eyed vigor that gives me confidence in a closer. Street, Bailey, Soriano, and Marmol are great pitchers, but do they intimidate anyone? And can they mentally weather a poor season to merit dynasty status?

  2. Sawyer says:

    I somewhat jokingly wonder if Joba Chamberlain should be near the bottom of this list somewhere.

  3. Rotoprofessor says:

    Sawyer, if he were in the bullpen I’d tend to agree with you, but the Yankees are standing pat with their determination to use him in the rotation. That’s the main problem really

  4. Sayeed says:

    Drew Storen?

  5. Sawyer says:

    I’m motivated to make my own Wild Prediction. Rivera breaks down around mid-year and Joba takes over closing duties. Joba finishes with at least 15 saves and a lock on the Yankees closer role for the foreseeable future.

  6. Rotoprofessor says:

    Sawyer, I’m not sure that it’s overly crazy to think Joba is going to take over for the forseeable future, but would you put him in the Top 15 right now?

    As for Storen, he’s borderline as well, but we just don’t know when he’s going to take over. Will it be 2010, 2011 or a little later? That kept him from making the list.

  7. precipitation says:

    Jenks? K rates returned to normal, some freak injuries made him lose time last year. Showed up 25 LBS lighter and supposedly “quit drinking” (I know, “best shape of his life” time of year). He’s 28 yrs old and the closer’s job is entirely his to lose….and even if the Sox sour on him I would think that he’s showed enough to be a closer on most other teams. Personally I like his prospects better long-term than a guy like Mike Gonzalez.

  8. Matt says:

    Since these are Dynasty rankings and so many leagues now use holds as well as saves, it would be wise to rank the top relievers and not just closers. Besides to truly be Dynasty rankings you should predict the future closers too not just rank the current. Guys like Luke Gregerson should be listed.

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