Welcome to our Closer Hot Seat column! We’ll update this space to give you an easy-to-reference guide on who might be closest to losing their jobs. Note that this isn’t necessarily a ranking of the best closers; rather, it’s a guide to job security.
Latest update: August 6, 2016
It has been quite an eventful past couple weeks. Between the trade deadline and recent struggles for veteran closers, such as Huston Street and Steve Cishek, there has been a slew of new closers. Carlos Estevez could be replaced at any moment, so the best speculative add is probably Adam Ottavino — but don’t forget about John Axford and Mauricio Cabrera, both of whom are backing up struggling veterans. There’s a pretty big gap between the “warmish” and “hot” seats this week; guys at 23 and above look pretty safe, but the bottom seven are iffy.
Hottest: In a committee or on the verge of losing their job right now.
30. Carlos Estevez (Handcuff: Adam Ottavino)
29. Cam Bedrosian (Handcuff: Fernando Salas)
28. Jake Barrett (Handcuff: Enrique Burgos)
Hot: Guys who could be in danger after their next blown save.
27. Ryan Madson (Handcuff: John Axford)
26. Jim Johnson (Handcuff: Mauricio Cabrera)
25. Santiago Casilla (Handcuff: Sergio Romo)
24. Tony Watson (Handcuff: Neftali Feliz)
Warmish: Two blown saves in a row and these players might be in trouble.
23. Sam Dyson
22. Tyler Thornburg
21. Jeanmar Gomez
20. Ken Giles
19. Tony Cingrani
18. Edwin Diaz
17. Brandon Maurer
16. Brandon Kintzler
Cool: These players would have to blow 3 consecutive saves for their jobs to be in jeopardy.
15. Andrew Miller
14. David Robertson
13. Francisco Rodriguez
12. Roberto Osuna
11. A.J. Ramos
10. Alex Colome
9. Seung Hwan Oh
8. Jeurys Familia
7. Kelvin Herrera
6. Dellin Betances
5. Mark Melancon
4. Craig Kimbrel
3. Aroldis Chapman
Sub-zero: These players would have to blow 4+ consecutive saves for their jobs to be in jeopardy.
2. Zach Britton
1. Kenley Jansen