The Saber's Edge: Closer Roulette at the Deadline
The Saber's Edge: Closer Roulette at the Deadline

This article is part of our The Saber's Edge series.

The non-waiver trade deadline has already seen a few closers traded with the Cubs picking up Aroldis Chapman, the Red Sox getting Brad Ziegler and the Marlins getting Fernando Rodney. For many owners, their once-reliable sources of saves are gone and they must scramble with other owners to find new sources. Additionally, some keeper-league teams lost their source of saves for 2016, and also for future seasons.

This week, I am going to do a quick look at each team and possibly find some relievers who could be gotten now in the hope of closing this season or next.

I will rank the teams by the most likely chance there is a closer shake-up a time or two before the beginning of next season.

1. Rockies -
Their bullpen is a disaster at the moment with Carlos Estevez closing. Jake McGee (5.40 ERA, 6.6 K/9) wasn't able to keep the job he was traded for to fill. For the long haul, I would put my money on Adam Ottavino closing, but it might be ugly this season and into the start of next season as players find their roles.

2. Twins -
Another situation where the team is just full of unproductive relievers. Brandon Kintzler is the team's closer with a nice 2.05 ERA, but a 3.92 FIP. He isn't even striking out six batters per nine innings. No one else has performed well enough to step into the role if/when Kintzler fails. One person I would keep

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