Bullpens: Top 10 closers-in-waiting 

February, 26, 2014
A year ago, it was pretty clear that at some point Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly would come to his senses and reward awesome right-handed power pitcher Kenley Jansen with the closer role. After all, we had already seen what Brandon League could do, and while it didn't mean he wasn't capable of saving 30 games, Jansen by every account owned the superior arm and skills. Then again, not all teams bestow the ninth-inning duties on the best pitcher. Still, League saved 14 games with his 5.30 ERA. There were fantasy owners who enjoyed/loathed it.

There isn't an obvious situation like that looming today -- Colorado is close -- but still, since it's an annual rite that at least a third and perhaps more closer jobs will change at some point during the season, it seems practical to point out those deserving arms that await an opportunity. These are not necessarily the best setup men in the game. In fact, in many cases they aren't. David Robertson, now closing for the New York Yankees, patiently waited his turn while Mariano Rivera, now retired, amazed us all. Part of having opportunity for our purposes is the likelihood of it being realized. Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar was terrific in 2013, and there's little doubt he can repeat, but Greg Holland is entrenched as the saves guy. On these other 10 teams, however, that might not be the case …
Rex Brothers
Doug Pensinger/Getty ImagesRex Brothers quietly racked up 19 saves for the Rockies in 2013.