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    As expected there has been a fair amount of volatility in the closer ranks this season in major league baseball.  Here are the updated closers for all 30 MLB teams heading into June fantasy baseball.  I will include a job security ranking on a scale from 1 to 10.  10 being the most secure job, and 1 a guy that is likely to lose his job before the end of the season.

    American League

    TeamPlayerSecurity RatingAnalysis
    YankeesMariano Rivera10The Yankees certainly won’t make a change at closer this season unless there is an injury.
    RangersJoe Nathan10Joe Nathan is back to his old dominant form and has the closer job locked up
    White SoxAddison Reed9Reed has been terrific this season, and should be the closer of the White Sox for years to come
    MarinersTom Wilhelmsen9Wilhelmsen has been doing his part, maintaining an ERA under 1.00, Mariners have no need to make a change
    AthleticsGrant Balfour8While it is popular speculation that Ryan Cook is the closer in waiting for Oakland, Balfour is 11 for 11 in save opps with a 1.33 ERA, no move is imminent.
    RoyalsGreg Holland7Fantasy owners haven’t been that happy with Holland, but his strikeout rate is elite (26 K/ 14 IP) and there is little reason for KC to consider a change at this time
    TigersJose Valverde6The Tigers were hesitant to give Valverde the closer role back, and while he has looked good in the early going, you can bet he has a short leash with Jim Leyland and co.
    TwinsGlen Perkins6Perkins is one of the few bright spots for the Twins, but in a losing campaign he may be traded to a contender, thus the low job security ranking
    AngelsErnesto Frieri5Frieri’s numbers look good on the surface (10/11 save opp., 2.91 ERA) but he has run into his fair share of problems recently, and with a guy like Ryan Madson coming back there could be a shakeup in the Angels bullpen later in the season
    Blue JaysCasey Janssen5Janssen is 10 for 10 in save opportunities, with a nice 2.40 ERA and 15 K in 15 IP this season, so why the low ranking?  He has been experiencing shoulder discomfort of late, and for a guy that has a history of shoulder problems this is a HUGE red flag for fantasy owners.  The Jays could turn to Steve Delabar in the event that Janssen’s “discomfort” turns out to be something more, so keep an eye on that going forward
    AstrosJose Veras4Veras is the owner of a 4.29 ERA and has closed out just 8 of 11 save opportunities. Obviously this isn’t a fantasy situation that most owners are watching, but if you are desperate for saves, keep an eye on the Astros closer situation, it is possible that a guy like Hector Ambriz ends up getting opportunities in the near future.
    Red SoxAndrew Bailey4Bailey is back off the DL!!! For now… if he experiences any tweaks, cramps, aches or pains you can be sure the Sox will go to either Koji Uehara or Junichi Tazawa again in the 9th.
    OriolesJim Johnson4Pedro Strop‘s injury was about the best news that Jim Johnson has received this year.  Because of that injury, Johnson still has his job, but with an ERA standing at 5.25 and 4 blown saves already the Orioles have to be thinking about making a change.  Darren O’Day is about the best in house option at this point for the O’s if you are into prospecting.
    RaysFernando Rodney3Needless to say, when you have a 5.75 ERA your job as closer is on the line.  Fernando Rodney has managed to close the door on just 9 out of 14 save opportunities this season.  Joel Peralta is lurking, and with 1 or 2 more blown saves, the Rays will be forced to make a move
    IndiansVinnie Pestano2Pestano has been named the closer with Chris Perez going down to injury.  There is little chance that Pestano keeps the closer job for the remainder of the season.

    National League

    TeamPlayerSecurity RatingAnalysis
    RedsAroldis Chapman10Chapman has blown a few saves (13 for 15) but unless he is injured, the fireballer is the closer in Cincy
    BravesCraig Kimbrel10Kimbrel is just 15 for 18 in save opps, but he has struck out 29 batters in 19 innings, and the Braves have their closer for the next 5 years on autopilot.
    PhilliesJonathan Papelbon10Papelbon has been terrific, now if the Phillies could just get him a few more opportunities…
    CardinalsEdward Mujica9The Cardinals never cease to amaze, they lose Albert Pujols and don’t miss a beat heading to the playoffs, then they lose their closer Jason Motte, and in steps Mujica going 13 for 13 in save opps, while maintaining a 2.05 ERA and miniscule 0.64 WHIP.  With Motte out for the season, it looks like the Cards have found their closer for 2013
    PiratesJason Grilli9Grilli currently leads MLB with 20 saves in 20 opportunities.  Mark Melancon has shown the ability if an injury occurs, but it looks like Grilli has a handle on things.
    MetsBobby Parnell9This high rating assumes that Parnell is the closer of the future, and the Mets will not deal him in season.  Bobby is just 8 for 10 in save opps this season, but his ERA is a solid 1.93, and he should finish the season as closer for the Mets
    RockiesRafael Betancourt8Betancourt continues to struggle with a groin strain this season, and is the only reason he isn’t ranked a 10 in job security.  As long as he remains healthy, Betancourt will be closing games in Denver.
    NationalsRafael Soriano8Soriano has 3 blown saves in 2013 (14 for 17) but is often the case when a closer is signed to a big contract, he is unlikely to lose his job early in the season.  This is one of those “the job is his to lose” situations.
    GiantsSergio Romo7Romo currently owns a 3.00 ERA while convertin 13 of 15 save opportunities.  No change appears to be on the horizon, but his job isn’t a sure thing.
    PadresHuston Street6If the Padres continue to fall out of contention in the west, they may look into trading Street to a contender, opening up the closer job for Luke Gregerson.
    DiamondbacksHeath Bell5Bell has been pretty solid for the Diamondbacks in the early going.  If he keeps it up there is little doubt that he keeps the job, but with David Hernandez setting up, Arizona has a ready made closer in waiting if Bell stumbles during the summer
    DodgersBrandon League3How’s that Bon Jovi song go… livin on a prayer?  Brandon League is hanging on to the job by his fingernails, but Kenley Jansen is ready to step in at a moment’s notice.  At this point it seems the only real question is who loses their job first, League or manager Don Mattingly?
    CubsKevin Gregg3This bullpen has been one of the more erratic over the last few seasons.  With guys like Carlos Marmol, Kyuji Fujikawa and even James Russell hanging around, there is no telling who will be the closer on a month to month basis at Wrigley.
    BrewersFrancisco Rodriguez3John Axford looks like he will continue to set up for now, and Jim Henderson should be back in a few weeks to reclaim the closer job.  Rodriguez is simply a stop gap option at this time.
    MarlinsCommittee0Mike Dunn, Steve Cishek and Chad Qualls are all being used at closer by the Marlins.  They have no apparent desire to name a closer, and in the season where they will only win about 60 games, this is a closer situation to avoid.

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