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Here is a list of the "best" closers as sorted by peripherals O-Swing% and SwStrk%. I cutoff under 35% for the former and under 12% for the latter.


Glen Perkins has been solid
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Name

Team

O-Swing%

SwStr%

Auction $

Notes

Edward Mujica

Red Sox

43.30%

12.50%

1

 A nice bargain pickup for the Red Sox.

Koji Uehara

Red Sox

42.00%

18.50%

8

 Legit stuff, but age and health are concerns

Sergio Romo

Giants

40.30%

13.60%

8

 Similar to Uehara, but younger.

Jared Burton

Twins

39.00%

13.00%

1

 Solid.

Luke Gregerson

A's

38.80%

14.10%

Real nice trade addition.

Paco Rodriguez

Dodgers

38.30%

15.80%

Look at that SwStrk rate and try not to get excited!

Jason Grilli

Pirates

38.00%

14.50%

A year younger than Uehara but similar concerns.

Trevor Rosenthal

Cardinals

37.30%

14.70%

9

 A beast in the making, and may convert to SP.

Craig Stammen

Nationals

37.30%

13.10%

1

 

Logan Ondrusek

Reds

36.30%

12.00%

1

 

Neal Cotts

Rangers

36.20%

12.00%

1

 

Tyler Clippard

Nationals

35.70%

14.30%

1

 Dependably great.

Junichi Tazawa

Red Sox

35.20%

12.10%

Surprising improvements made last year.

Glen Perkins

Twins

35.10%

13.10%

8

 Only 30 and looks like solid value here.

Joaquin Benoit

Tigers

35.10%

13.60%

2

 Very nice backup for the frail and less peripherally-nice Huston Street.

 

And the most peripherally weak closers:

Name

Team

O-Swing%

SwStr%

Auction $

Notes

Justin Wilson

Pirates

29.80%

9.00%

1

 

Ryan Pressly

Twins

29.70%

7.70%

1

 

Jerry Blevins

Athletics

29.20%

9.90%

1

 

Brandon League

Dodgers

28.40%

9.20%

1

 

Casey Janssen

Blue Jays

28.40%

8.20%

He's been getting it done for years with weak peripherals, probably not much concern here.

Anthony Swarzak

Twins

28.30%

7.90%

1

 

Chris Perez

Indians

28.10%

7.90%

1

 No wonder he couldn’t get a closing gig.

Matt Albers

Indians

27.90%

7.60%

1

 

Ryan Webb

Marlins

27.80%

9.20%

1

 

Tim Collins

Royals

27.60%

9.50%

1

 

Joe Smith

Indians

27.60%

8.50%

1

 Maybe not such a safe bet as Frieri's backup.

Alfredo Figaro

Brewers

27.50%

7.40%

1

 

Burke Badenhop

Brewers

27.40%

5.90%

1

 

Jason Frasor

Rangers

27.30%

9.00%

1

 

Steve Cishek

Marlins

27.30%

9.50%

As if being the Marlins closer wasn't shaky enough..

Jose Mijares

Giants

27.20%

9.30%

1

 

J.P. Howell

Dodgers

27.20%

10.00%

1

 

Wesley Wright

- - -

27.00%

7.50%

1

 

Jamey Wright

Rays

26.50%

8.70%

1

 

Jose Veras

- - -

26.40%

9.30%

Not much upside even for this low price.

David Robertson

Yankees

25.80%

9.60%

7

 Buyer beware, he's no Mo.

Dale Thayer

Padres

25.80%

8.80%

1

 

Kevin Gregg

Cubs

25.50%

7.00%

1

 

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