This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.
As we all await word as to whether we'll see baseball in any form this year, this week I wanted to address a question I get fairly often. Who are the best non-closing relievers to consider if I didn't pay the asking price for a top closer? Here are 10 pitchers to consider. The factor for me in choosing these pitchers is the likelihood that the current closer will lose his job.
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Corey Knebel, MIL
It's even possible that the Brewers slot Knebel in as their closer from Day 1, with the idea of using Josh Hader in the seventh/eighth innings. Hader had another strong year in 2019, recording 37 saves with a 2.62 ERA and a ridiculous 138 strikeouts in 75.2 innings. Knebel, of course, missed all 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but Knebel had a huge 2017 with 39 saves and a 1.78 ERA with 126 strikeouts. He wasn't as good in 2018 (3.58 ERA), but he did record a 2.97 FIP with an elite 14.3 K/9. If healthy, he's certainly someone to consider later in drafts. Hader is obviously one of the league's more skilled relievers, but the Brewers have seemed to prefer the flexibility of using him in higher-leverage situations should they come up in the seventh or eighth innings. I'd still expect 10-plus saves from Hader, but it wouldn't