Closing Time: Top 50 Closers for 2024

Ranking baseball's closers for the 2024 season.

Welcome back for another season and a new edition of Closing Time, ranking the closer situations throughout Major League Baseball. This year, more so than in recent history, we have almost 20 or so closers that we actually know are going to close out games or at the very least, will provide some value to your roster at the beginning of the season. If we knew right now that José Alvarado and Robert Stephenson were to open the season as their respective team’s primary closers, this would probably be the strongest group of closers I’ve seen since I started covering them in 2017.

While there are six tiers, this list really can be broken into thirds with there being three big tiers (Sure Things, Upside but Risky, Question Marks). This being the case, I think my preferred draft strategy for the season would be to grab someone from the first two tiers (preferably Tier 2) and then wait a while to grab my second (and maybe third) reliever from Tier 3 or 4. Depending on your league though, I may even consider taking two from that second tier if you don’t want to worry about speculating on closers at the end of the draft and then playing the waiver game to make up saves.

If you think a name is missing, know that anyone whom I project to earn the bulk of the holds for their respective teams can be found in the Holds rankings article, as well as on the SV+HOLDS list. Also, anyone who is competing for a rotation spot or expected to open the season on the injury list was left off for the time being.



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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