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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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  • Milwaukee Brewers
    54
    4

    BirthplaceMillersville, Maryland

  • Chicago White Sox
    40
    7

    BirthplacePerth, Australia

  • San Diego Padres
    21
    7

    BirthplaceWheat Ridge, Colorado

  • 4

    Ryan Pressly

    Houston Astros
    20
    7

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

  • 5

    Will Smith

    Atlanta Braves
    20
    9

    BirthplaceNewnan, Georgia

  • New York Yankees
    226
    146

    BirthplaceHolguín, Cuba

  • Boston Red Sox
    26
    16

    BirthplaceDanbury, Connecticut

  • Cleveland Indians
    16
    10

    BirthplaceRío San Juan, Dominican Republic

  • Texas Rangers
    11
    7

    BirthplaceHuntington Beach, California

  • Oakland Athletics
    9
    6

    BirthplaceGreen Lane, Pennsylvania

  • 11

    Diego Castillo

    Tampa Bay Rays
    10
    7

    BirthplaceCabrera, Dominican Republic

  • Chicago Cubs
    144
    123

    BirthplaceHuntsville, Alabama

  • Los Angeles Dodgers
    88
    79

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas

  • 14

    Alex Reyes

    St. Louis Cardinals
    29
    26

    BirthplaceElizabeth, New Jersey

  • 15

    Kenley Jansen

    Los Angeles Dodgers
    143
    142

    BirthplaceWillemstad, Netherlands

  • San Francisco Giants
    10
    9

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California

  • 17

    Richard Rodriguez

    Pittsburgh Pirates
    7
    7

    BirthplaceSantiago, Dominican Republic

  • Los Angeles Angels
    54
    58

    BirthplaceIsla de la Juventud, Cuba

  • New York Mets
    106
    112

    BirthplaceNaguabo, Puerto Rico

  • Washington Nationals
    84
    95

    BirthplaceChaska, Minnesota

  • Los Angeles Dodgers
    48
    56

    BirthplaceGeorgetown, Texas

  • Cincinnati Reds
    84
    100

    BirthplaceRapid City, South Dakota

  • Seattle Mariners
    72
    89

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico

  • 24

    Yimi Garcia

    Miami Marlins
    6
    9

    BirthplaceMoca, Dominican Republic

  • 25

    Hector Neris

    Philadelphia Phillies
    6
    9

    BirthplaceVilla Altagracia, San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic