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The Best Current MLB Closers

Updated May 5, 2021 3.3k votes 534 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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    Tampa Bay Rays
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    6

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceCabrera, Dominican Republic

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    Minnesota Twins
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    62

    NationalityDominican Republic

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

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    Seattle Mariners
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    6

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceBánica, Dominican Republic

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    Miami Marlins
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    6

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceMoca, Dominican Republic

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    Philadelphia Phillies
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    6

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceVilla Altagracia, San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic

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    Milwaukee Brewers
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    47

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceFullerton, California

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    Baltimore Orioles
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    6

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

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    New York Mets
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    59

    NationalityDominican Republic

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

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    Arizona Diamondbacks
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    45

    NationalityMexican

    BirthplaceMonclova, Mexico

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    Philadelphia Phillies
    27
    47

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceEsperanza, Dominican Republic

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    Tampa Bay Rays
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    43

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceThomaston, Georgia