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The Best Current MLB Closers

Updated May 5, 2021 3.1k votes 494 voters 5.8k 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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    Aroldis Chapman

    New York Yankees

    NationalityCuban

    BirthplaceHolguín, Cuba

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    Craig Kimbrel

    Chicago Cubs

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHuntsville, Alabama

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    Kenley Jansen

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    NationalityCuraçaoan

    BirthplaceWillemstad, Netherlands

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    Edwin Diaz

    New York Mets

    NationalityPuerto Rican

    BirthplaceNaguabo, Puerto Rico

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    70

    Blake Treinen

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas

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    92
    88

    Brad Hand

    Washington Nationals

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceChaska, Minnesota

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    80

    Ken Giles

    Seattle Mariners

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico

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    92

    Sean Doolittle

    Cincinnati Reds

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceRapid City, South Dakota

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    2

    Josh Hader

    Milwaukee Brewers

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceMillersville, Maryland

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    7

    Alex Reyes

    St. Louis Cardinals

    BirthplaceAllen, Texas

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    11
    2

    Matt Barnes

    Boston Red Sox

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceDanbury, Connecticut

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    104

    Felipe Vazquez

    Pittsburgh Pirates

    NationalityVenezuela

    BirthplaceSan Felipe, Venezuela

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    1

    Liam Hendriks

    Chicago White Sox

    NationalityAustralia

    BirthplacePerth, Australia

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    61

    Raisel Iglesias

    Los Angeles Angels

    NationalityCuban

    BirthplaceIsla de la Juventud, Cuba

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    57

    Álex Colomé

    Minnesota Twins

    NationalityDominican Republic

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

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    Corey Knebel

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceGeorgetown, Texas

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    2

    Ian Kennedy

    Texas Rangers

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceHuntington Beach, California

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    1

    Will Smith

    Atlanta Braves

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceNewnan, Georgia

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    1

    Ryan Pressly

    Houston Astros

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

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    2

    Rafael Montero

    Seattle Mariners
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    2
    2

    Hector Neris

    Philadelphia Phillies

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceVilla Altagracia, San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic

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    5
    4

    Emmanuel Clase

    Cleveland Indians

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceRío San Juan, Dominican Republic

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    2

    Diego Castillo

    Tampa Bay Rays

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceCabrera, Dominican Republic

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    2
    2

    Lou Trivino

    Oakland Athletics

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceGreen Lane, Pennsylvania

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    Richard Rodriguez

    Pittsburgh Pirates

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceSantiago, Dominican Republic