Collette Calls: National League Closers
Collette Calls: National League Closers

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

It has been a rough offseason for those who play in NL-only leagues, especially keeper leagues and have (well, had) good closer keepers. In the past month, NL owners have lost Craig Kimbrel, Ken Giles and now Aroldis Chapman to the American League. AL-only owners who had Andrew Miller on the cheap – and that is likely many folks because Dellin Betances was the favorite for most of camp last year – are casualties of this trade, with Chapman going into the end-game mix in New York. Lastly, Francisco Rodriguez was dealt over to Detroit. In all, 125 saves from 2015 went from the NL to the AL and nothing has yet come back in return.

As it stands, the closing situation in the National League is not in great shape. Here is how the tiers break out as situations currently exist, unless teams make adjustments via free agency or trade in the coming months (projections via Steamer/Fangraphs):

Tier 1 (in alphabetical order): Jeurys Familia, Kenley Jansen, Mark Melancon , Hector Rondon, Trevor Rosenthal

PITCHERTEAMIPERAWHIPK/9
Familia Mets 65 3.13 1.21 9.4
Jansen Dodgers 65 2.43 0.99 11.7
Melancon Pirates 65 2.82 1.16 8.0
Rondon Cubs 65 3.14 1.18 9.0
Rosenthal Cardinals 65 2.85 1.15 11.1

Projection systems like Steamer all give the projected full-time closer 28 saves, regardless of their team. Now that Chapman and Kimbrel have departed, Jansen becomes the closer to pay the big money for if you are
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Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. Selected by the FSWA as the Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year in 2013 and awarded Baseball Series of the Year in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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