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The Best Current MLB Closers  

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List Rules From 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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Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Atlanta Braves
2
Kenley Jansen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Los Angeles Dodgers
3
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
New York Yankees
4
Edwin Diaz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Seattle Mariners
5
Roberto Osuna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Toronto Blue Jays
6
Felipe Vazquez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Pittsburgh Pirates
7
Sean Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Washington Nationals
8
Brad Hand is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Cleveland Indians
9
Shane Greene is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Shane Greene Detroit Tigers
10
Wade Davis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Colorado Rockies
11
Blake Treinen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Oakland Athletics
12
Brandon Morrow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Chicago Cubs
13
Raisel Iglesias is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Cincinnati Reds
14
Corey Knebel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Milwaukee Brewers
15
Joakim Soria is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Milwaukee Brewers
16
Jeurys Familia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Oakland Athletics
17
Kelvin Herrera is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Washington Nationals
18
Brad Boxberger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Arizona Diamondbacks
19
Ken Giles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Houston Astros
20
Fernando Rodney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Minnesota Twins
21
Álex Colomé is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Seattle Mariners
22
Seranthony Dominguez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Philadelphia Phillies
23
Keone Kela is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Keone Kela Texas Rangers
24
Arodys Vizcaíno is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Atlanta Braves
25
Cody Allen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current MLB Closers
Cleveland Indians