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Fantasy Baseball Closer Depth Charts: White Sox chaos coming?

By Tim Heaney

Assessing all the fantasy baseball closers....

RP Matt Lindstrom, Chicago White Sox
Lindstrom working way back

Jake Petricka hasn't had much work since his blown save last weekend due to some lopsided losses this week. He did put up a scoreless inning with a punchout in a non-save sitch last night, though. The Chicago White Sox will have plenty to think about, if not change, when Matt Lindstrom (ankle) returns. He last pitched for Triple-A Charlotte Tuesday night, allowing no runs and no hits while striking out one in an inning of work.

If he can work back into form, he could be closing by the time September rolls around, and there's a good chance it'd happen sooner. He was the best option before he landed on the disabled list. Zach Putnam (shoulder), who is expected to return from the DL tomorrow, probably won't be a threat until late August.

Lindstrom is a fine gamble to seize the gig, but this could just as easily turn into a three-headed monster.

Jonathan Papelbon has cleared waivers, meaning he can be dealt to any team this month. However, he has a limited no-trade clause, and Paps has made it known that that may be a road block to the Phils finding a trade partner. Ken Giles remains a speculative saves addition in case Papelbon is jettisoned.


Closer Depth Charts

Job Security (JS):
1 (unstable)
to
5 (untouchable)
Health Outlook (HO):
1 (fragile)
to
5 (durable)
: Up
 
+: Added
 
INJ: Injured
: Down
 
M: Minors
 
DL: Disabled List

AL East

Team
JS
HO
Closer
Understudy/Fill-in
Lurker(s)
Baltimore Orioles
4
5
Zach Britton Darren O'Day Tommy Hunter
Andrew Miller
Boston Red Sox
5
4
Junichi Tazawa Heath Hembree
New York Yankees
5
5
David Robertson Dellin Betances
Shawn Kelley
Adam Warren
Tampa Bay Rays
N/A
N/A
Committee Jake McGee Brad Boxberger
Grant Balfour  
Joel Peralta
Toronto Blue Jays
5
3
Casey Janssen Aaron Loup
Dustin McGowan
Brett Cecil
Sergio Santos M

 

AL Central

Team
JS
HO
Closer
Understudy/Fill-in
Lurker(s)
Chicago White Sox
N/A
N/A
Matt Lindstrom DL Zach Putnam DL
Jake Petricka
Javy Guerra
Daniel Webb
Cleveland Indians
3
5
Cody Allen John Axford Bryan Shaw
Detroit Tigers
3
4
Joe Nathan Joakim Soria Joba Chamberlain
Ian Krol M
Kansas City Royals
5
5
Greg Holland Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera
Jason Frasor
Minnesota Twins
5
5
Glen Perkins Casey Fien Jared Burton

 

AL West

Team
JS
HO
Closer
Understudy/Fill-in
Lurker(s)
Houston Astros
3
5
Chad Qualls Jose Veras
Jesse Crain DL
Tony Sipp
Josh Fields
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
5
3
Huston Street Joe Smith Jason Grilli
Oakland Athletics
4
5
Sean Doolittle Luke Gregerson Dan Otero
Ryan Cook
Seattle Mariners
4
5
Fernando Rodney Danny Farquhar Tom Wilhelmsen
Texas Rangers
2
4
Neftali Feliz Neal Cotts
Corey Knebel
Shawn Tolleson
Alexi Ogando DL

Assessing all the fantasy baseball closers....

Job Security (JS):
1 (unstable)
to
5 (untouchable)
Health Outlook (HO):
1 (fragile)
to
5 (durable)
: Up
 
+: Added
 
INJ: Injured
: Down
 
M: Minors
 
DL: Disabled List

 

NL East

Team
JS
HO
Closer
Understudy/Fill-in
Lurker(s)
Altanta Braves
5
5
Craig Kimbrel David Carpenter
Jordan Walden
Anthony Varvaro
Miami Marlins
5
5
Steve Cishek Mike Dunn
A.J. Ramos
Bryan Morris
Carter Capps DL
New York Mets
2
4
Jenrry Mejia Jeurys Familia Vic Black
Carlos Torres
Philadelphia Phillies
5
5
Jonathan Papelbon Ken Giles
Mike Adams DL
Antonio Bastardo
Jake Diekman
Washington Nationals
5
5
Rafael Soriano Tyler Clippard Drew Storen

 

NL Central

Team
JS
HO
Closer
Understudy/Fill-in
Lurker(s)
Chicago Cubs
2
5
Hector Rondon
Neil Ramirez DL Pedro Strop
Kyuji Fujikawa DL
Cincinnati Reds
5
5
Aroldis Chapman Jonathan Broxton J.J. Hoover
Milwaukee Brewers
5
5
Francisco Rodriguez Jim Henderson DL
Tyler Thornburg DL
Brandon Kintzler
Will Smith
Pittsburgh Pirates
4
3
Mark Melancon Tony Watson Ernesto Frieri
St. Louis Cardinals
5
5
Trevor Rosenthal Pat Neshek Carlos Martinez M
Jason Motte

 

NL West

Team
JS
HO
Closer
Understudy/Fill-in
Lurker(s)
Arizona Diamondbacks
3
5
Addison Reed Brad Ziegler Matt Stites
Evan Marshall
Colorado Rockies
3
5
LaTroy Hawkins Rex Brothers Adam Ottavino
Los Angeles Dodgers
5
5
Kenley Jansen Brian Wilson Brandon League
San Diego Padres
3
5
Joaquin Benoit Dale Thayer Nick Vincent
Kevin Quackenbush
San Francisco Giants
2
5
Santiago Casilla Jeremy Affeldt Jean Machi
Sergio Romo


 


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