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The Best Current MLB Closers

Updated May 5, 2021 3.2k votes 518 voters 6.1k 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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    Josh Hader

    Milwaukee Brewers

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceMillersville, Maryland

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    Craig Kimbrel

    Chicago Cubs

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHuntsville, Alabama

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    Liam Hendriks

    Chicago White Sox

    NationalityAustralia

    BirthplacePerth, Australia

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    Blake Treinen

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas

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    Kenley Jansen

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    BirthplaceWillemstad, Curaçao

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    Edwin Diaz

    New York Mets

    BirthplaceNaguabo, Puerto Rico

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    Alex Reyes

    St. Louis Cardinals

    BirthplaceAllen, Texas

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    Brad Hand

    Washington Nationals

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceChaska, Minnesota

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    8

    Matt Barnes

    Boston Red Sox

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceDanbury, Connecticut

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    Sean Doolittle

    Cincinnati Reds

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceRapid City, South Dakota

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    Mark Melancon

    San Diego Padres

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWheat Ridge, Colorado

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    Ken Giles

    Seattle Mariners

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico

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    Ryan Pressly

    Houston Astros

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

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    Will Smith

    Atlanta Braves

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceNewnan, Georgia

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    Lou Trivino

    Oakland Athletics

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceGreen Lane, Pennsylvania

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    Ian Kennedy

    Texas Rangers

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceHuntington Beach, California

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    5

    Emmanuel Clase

    Cleveland Indians

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceRío San Juan, Dominican Republic

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    Raisel Iglesias

    Los Angeles Angels

    BirthplaceIsla de la Juventud, Cuba

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    Felipe Vazquez

    Pittsburgh Pirates

    NationalityVenezuela

    BirthplaceSan Felipe, Venezuela

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    Corey Knebel

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceGeorgetown, Texas

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    Keone Kela

    San Diego Padres

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

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    Jake McGee

    San Francisco Giants

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California

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    4

    Richard Rodriguez

    Pittsburgh Pirates

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceSantiago, Dominican Republic

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    Diego Castillo

    Tampa Bay Rays

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceCabrera, Dominican Republic