Closing Time 8/1: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Ranking baseball's closers for the 2023 season.

Happy Trade Deadline Day everyone! I’m sure there will be plenty of moves today even though we’ve seen some significant ones already, with the first big closer trade happening on Friday as the Mets sent David Robertson to the Marlins.

Robertson figures to slide right into the closer role for them, with A.J. Puk and Tanner Scott moving into set-up roles, making both (especially Puk) attractive buys in holds leagues. Robertson gets a boost as he finally gets away from the Mets and is able to be the team’s sole closer.

Today will surely be hectic, and I plan on updating this post throughout the day in case any more closers wind up on the move.




  • As we speculated on our trade deadline podcast, Paul Sewald was available and the Diamondbacks, the team most desperate for relief pitching help, answered the call by trading for the veteran yesterday. The move to Arizona doesn’t impact Sewald all that much, and he should continue to be one of the better closers in baseball.
  • In Seattle, we finally enter the Andrés Muñoz closer era, and while the uber-talented reliever is also oft-injured, as long as he is healthy and in the closer role for the Mariners, he should be rostered in every league. He may be the only reliever who can legitimately challenge Félix Bautista for the top spot on this list.


  • With the Cardinals trading interim closer Jordan Hicks, the door is now open for Giovanny Gallegos to finish the season as the team’s closer, or at least until Ryan Helsley returns (if that happens). Gallegos has been pitching really well as of late, finishing the month of July with a 0.68 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 15/2 K/BB rate over 13.1 innings.
  • Jordan Hicks winds up going to the Blue Jays and while it’s not the most convenient landing spot, he should at least get a chance to close out games for a few more weeks. Jordan Romano was recently placed on the 15-day IL with lower back inflammation, and while there’s no timetable for a return yet, back injuries can be tricky and oftentimes linger so I’d still be interested in rostering Hicks for the time being.


  • With David Robertson moving to Miami, it leaves the door open for Adam Ottavino and Brooks Raley to share the closer duties for the Mets … at least for the time being. Both could wind up on other teams by the end of the day, but given Ottavino’s player option for next year, he may be tough to move. Raley on the other hand has a team option for $6.5 million, which I’d imagine most teams would be interested in picking up next year. Raley seems like the most likely option to be dealt of the two and makes Ottavino my preferred add in save-only leagues.
  • With Kendall Graveman going back to the Astros, the White Sox could turn to their youngest reliever in Gregory Santos to close out games. There are still some factors here that have me cautious, one being that Keynan Middleton is still on the roster (for now), and Liam Hendriks is working his way back and was throwing sim games two weeks ago.



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Rank Pitcher Change
1Félix BautistaT1-
2Craig Kimbrel
3Ryan Pressly-
4Devin Williams+2
5Paul Sewald-1
6Jhoan Duran-1
7Camilo Doval-
8Josh Hader+1
9Raisel Iglesias+1
10Emmanuel Clase+1
11Andrés Muñoz+UR
12David Bednar-
13Alexis Díaz-
14Pete Fairbanks-
15Evan Phillips-
16Clay Holmes
17David Robertson+6
18Adbert Alzolay+1
19Kenley Jansen-3
20Alex Lange-3
21Carlos Hernández
22Giovanny Gallegos+UR
23Jordan Hicks+2
24Will Smith-4
25Carlos Estévez-3
26Adam Ottavino+UR
27Gregory Santos
28Kyle Finnegan-1
29Justin Lawrence-1
30Trevor May-1

Rick Graham

Rick resides in the Boston area and has experience as a player and coach at the collegiate level. He has been covering relievers for Pitcher List since 2017.

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