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The Best Current MLB Closers

Updated May 5, 2021 3.3k votes 533 voters 6.3k views36 items

List RulesFrom the hardest throwers to strikeout leaders, who's the best closer in the MLB right now?

Notching saves and solidifying wins for the starting pitcher (and their team), MLB closers play an important role in baseball. Not only must they come in and shut things down late in the game, but they're also expected to do it as quick as possible—avoiding baserunners and walks. Nevertheless, the best current closers in baseball do it on a regular basis, and that's why they hold such an key spot in the roster. Of all the top pitchers playing today, though, who closes things out better than the rest? 

Easily topping the list of best current closers are Kenley Jansen and Craig Kimbrel, as they're two of the most lights-out pitchers in the game right now—even among starters. Then you have Aroldis Chapman of the Yankees, who's one of the hardest throwing pitchers in the league—lest we forget Wade Davis, Blake Treinen. and phenom Edwin Diaz. Of course, these are far from the only closing pitchers shining in the MLB right now. Who do you think is the best current closer in baseball?

Vote up your top choices for best closers below and feel free to add others who may be missing from the list. 

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    New York Yankees
    236
    148

    NationalityCuban

    BirthplaceHolguín, Cuba

  • 2
    Milwaukee Brewers
    44
    4

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceMillersville, Maryland

  • 3
    Chicago White Sox
    31
    4

    NationalityAustralia

    BirthplacePerth, Australia

  • 4
    Chicago Cubs
    145
    123

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHuntsville, Alabama

  • 5
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    86
    75

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas

  • 6
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    143
    142

    BirthplaceWillemstad, Curaçao

  • 7
    New York Mets
    108
    111

    BirthplaceNaguabo, Puerto Rico

  • 8
    San Diego Padres
    17
    6

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWheat Ridge, Colorado

  • 9
    Boston Red Sox
    21
    11

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceDanbury, Connecticut

  • 10
    Washington Nationals
    87
    95

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceChaska, Minnesota

  • 11
    Cincinnati Reds
    88
    98

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceRapid City, South Dakota

  • 12
    St. Louis Cardinals
    26
    20

    BirthplaceAllen, Texas

  • 13
    Atlanta Braves
    14
    6

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceNewnan, Georgia

  • 14
    Houston Astros
    13
    4

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

  • 15
    Cleveland Indians
    11
    6

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceRío San Juan, Dominican Republic

  • 16
    Seattle Mariners
    72
    90

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico

  • 17
    Los Angeles Angels
    51
    61

    BirthplaceIsla de la Juventud, Cuba

  • 18
    Oakland Athletics
    7
    3

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceGreen Lane, Pennsylvania

  • 19
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    47
    58

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceGeorgetown, Texas

  • 20
    Texas Rangers
    9
    6

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceHuntington Beach, California

  • 21
    San Francisco Giants
    9
    6

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California

  • 22
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    6
    4

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceSantiago, Dominican Republic

  • 23
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    77
    107

    NationalityVenezuela

    BirthplaceSan Felipe, Venezuela

  • 24
    San Diego Padres
    36
    50

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

  • 25
    Kansas City Royals
    54
    75

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceLake Wales, Florida