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The Best Current MLB Closers

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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    Aroldis Chapman

    New York Yankees
    227
    145

    NationalityCuban

    BirthplaceHolguín, Cuba

  • 2

    Josh Hader

    Milwaukee Brewers
    47
    4

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceMillersville, Maryland

  • 3

    Liam Hendriks

    Chicago White Sox
    33
    6

    NationalityAustralian

    BirthplacePerth, Australia

  • 4

    Craig Kimbrel

    Chicago Cubs
    143
    121

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHuntsville, Alabama

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  • 5

    Blake Treinen

    Los Angeles Dodgers
    85
    76

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas

  • 6

    Kenley Jansen

    Los Angeles Dodgers
    141
    142

    BirthplaceWillemstad, Curaçao

  • 7

    Edwin Diaz

    New York Mets
    106
    110

    NationalityPuerto Rican

    BirthplaceNaguabo, Puerto Rico

  • 8

    Mark Melancon

    San Diego Padres
    19
    6

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWheat Ridge, Colorado

  • 9

    Matt Barnes

    Boston Red Sox
    23
    11

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceDanbury, Connecticut

  • 10

    Will Smith

    Atlanta Braves
    16
    6

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceNewnan, Georgia

  • 11

    Ryan Pressly

    Houston Astros
    14
    4

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

  • 12

    Brad Hand

    Washington Nationals
    85
    94

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceChaska, Minnesota

  • 13

    Sean Doolittle

    Cincinnati Reds
    85
    99

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceRapid City, South Dakota

  • 14

    Alex Reyes

    St. Louis Cardinals
    26
    21

    BirthplaceAllen, Texas

  • 15

    Emmanuel Clase

    Cleveland Indians
    11
    7

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceRío San Juan, Dominican Republic

  • 16

    Raisel Iglesias

    Los Angeles Angels
    50
    59

    NationalityCuban

    BirthplaceIsla de la Juventud, Cuba

  • 17

    Ken Giles

    Seattle Mariners
    70
    89

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico

  • 18

    Lou Trivino

    Oakland Athletics
    7
    3

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceGreen Lane, Pennsylvania

  • 19

    Corey Knebel

    Los Angeles Dodgers
    46
    57

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceGeorgetown, Texas

  • 20

    Ian Kennedy

    Texas Rangers
    9
    6

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceHuntington Beach, California

  • 21

    Jake McGee

    San Francisco Giants
    9
    6

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California

  • 22

    Felipe Vazquez

    Pittsburgh Pirates
    75
    104

    NationalityVenezuela

    BirthplaceSan Felipe, Venezuela

  • 23

    Richard Rodriguez

    Pittsburgh Pirates
    6
    4

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceSantiago, Dominican Republic

  • 24

    Diego Castillo

    Tampa Bay Rays
    6
    6

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceCabrera, Dominican Republic

  • 25

    Keone Kela

    San Diego Padres
    35
    49