Forgot Log-in or  Password? |  Help  Not a member, Register Now!
      
Fantasy Football Today
Fantasy Football Today Blog
Gameday Inactives
2014 Draft Prep Guide
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Get Your Draft Board
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Scores
Fantasy Games
Playoff Challenge
Commissioner
Prize Leagues
Free
Office Pool Manager
Game Pick'em
Player Challenge
Fantasy Baseball Today
Fantasy Baseball Today Blog
2015 Draft Prep Guide
Mock Drafts
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Rankings
Projections
Schedules
Probable Pitchers
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injuries
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Message Boards
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Downloadable Draft Kit
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
No Fantasy Teams Found
 
Commissioner

Start a Baseball League*

  • Our most popular baseball game
  • Exclusive player rewards & perks
  • Access to experts and advice
Prize Leagues

Fantasy Baseball for Cash Prizes**

  • Win up to $5k in a 10-team league
  • Choose from five prize levels
  • Join a league or create your own
Free

Create or Join a Free League

  • Fast and easy to play
  • Entry into our $10k sweeps
  • Compete for free all season long
Other Fantasy Products: Mock Drafts |
 
Closer power rankings
Closers 320
Knowing which closers to avoid is as important as knowing which to target. That's why our Al Melchior ranks the closer situation for all 30 teams. Full Story
Related Links:
• Tiers: SP | OF | SS | 3B | 2B | 1B | C
• Fantasy Dilemmas: Baez | Robertson
• Rankings | Top 300 | Draft Prep Guide
•  Catch our podcasts all draft season!
Experts

 

 

More Columns
 
Rankings
 
Projections
 
Probable Pitchers
     
    Most Viewed Players
    PlayerTotal
    1Miguel Cabrera, DET, 1B1353
    2Marcus Semien, OAK, 3B1316
    3Yasmany Tomas, ARI, RF1279
    4Chris Davis, BAL, 1B1170
    5Anthony Rendon, WAS, 3B1157
    6Rusney Castillo, BOS, CF1155
    7Carlos Santana, CLE, 1B1073
    8Danny Santana, MIN, CF1021
    9Troy Tulowitzki, COL, SS1017
    10Josh Harrison, PIT, 3B1013
    Average Draft Position
     
     
    Player News
    Royals' Yost: Cain, Gordon, Hosmer, Rios all candidate to bat second
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (11:10 am ET) Royals manager Ned Yost listed Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Alex Rios as viable candidates to bat second in the lineup this season, reports the Kansas City Star.

    Gordon, Rios never batted second last season. Cain had only only 13 plate appearances at the No. 2 spot in 2014. Hosmer played 33 games and logged 144 plate appearance at the No. 2 spot in 2014, slashing .275/.326/.344 in those appearances.


    Mariners' James Paxton scheduled for Friday bullpen
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (11:00 am ET) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon indicated that will stick to the original plan and have starting pitcher James Paxton (forearm) throw his first bullpen session on Friday, reports MLB.com. 

    Mariners SP Danny Hultzen could pitch in game by end of week
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (10:50 am ET) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said starting pitcher prospect Danny Hultzen's live batting practice session went well Tuesday, and he should throw in a game by the end of the week, per 710 ESPN Seattle.

    Hultzen is working his way back after having missed the 2014 season due to rotator cuff surgery.


    A's DH Billy Butler takes a seat Wednesday due to stomach bug
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (10:48 am ET) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler was not in the lineup for Wednesday's Cactus League game against San Francisco because of a stomach bug, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Matt Olson will take his spot as the team's designated hitter.

    Butler signed a three-year deal with the A's in the offseason. He hit .271/.323/.379 over 549 at-bats last year for the Royals.

    Edgar Olmos headed back to Mariners due to shoulder injury
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (9:54 am ET) The Rangers announced Wednesday the waiver claim for pitcher Edgar Olmos is being reversed due to a shoulder injury, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Olmos, who was claimed off waivers last week, will head back to the Mariners roster.

    Rays manager Kevin Cash tabs Alex Cobb as opening day starter
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (9:41 am ET) Rays manager Kevin Cash announced Wednesday starting pitcher Alex Cobb will start the season opener on April 6 against Baltimore.

    "There's a lot of things on your short list of career highlights that you can say you've done," Cobb said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "Obvioiusly, with being in the World Series and winning the World Series being at the top. Being an opening day starter falls somewhat shorter than that, but it's right up on that list."

    Cash also announced Cobb will be followed in the rotation by Chris Archer, Drew Smyly and Jake Odorizzi. The team will choose a fifth starter this spring.

    "He was extremely excited," Cash said of Cobb. "I kind of expected him to say, 'Yeah, OK, whatever,' but he was pumped. And you look back and you're like, 'Man, he's had some good pitchers here that maybe he's had to wait in turn for (James) Shields and (David) Price and those guys. I think he looks at it as being an honor, because there have been some good ones here in the past that have done it."


    Red Sox's Castillo on injury to left side: 'Thankfully it's nothing serious'
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (9:34 am ET) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo underwent a medical exam Wednesday for an issue on the left side of his body, according to CSNNE.com. 

    "Thankfully it's nothing serious," said Castillo, who added he expects to be available for Thursday's spring game against the Twins.


    Tigers 3B Nick Castellanos (hand) able to play Wednesday
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (9:27 am ET) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos made it into the lineup for Wednesday's spring game against the Orioles after leaving Tuesday's game with a left hand contusion, per MLB.com. Castellanos underwent X-rays on Tuesday, which came back negative.

    Tigers release Joel Hanrahan, who needs another Tommy John surgery
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (9:06 am ET) After visiting a specialist on Tuesday, reliever Joel Hanrahan will undergo a second Tommy John surgery, ending his stint with the Tigers. Detroit released him Wednesday, according to the Detroit Free Press. He will have surgery on his right elbow on March 18, per the team's official website.

    Hanrahan never pitched in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery May of 2013, and signed a minor-league deal with Detroit before he was released. Now he will likely be out of commission until the early portion of the 2016. The 33-year-old registered a career 3.85 ERA over 404 2/3 innings.


    Cardinals' Rosenthal considering abandoning the windup
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (1:01 am ET) Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal is considering ditching the windup this season, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    Rosenthal had trouble against the first batter he faced last season, and believes he may be able to get around that by pitching from the stretch. The idea has been discussed, but it's unclear if Rosenthal will follow through with it. 

    He did stress that getting ahead of batters is his main goal this season. "Working ahead (in the count). Making quality pitches early in the count. These are the big goals for this year," he said. 

    The 24-year-old posted a 3.20 ERA over 70 1/3 innings last season.


     
    Get the best lineup advice,
    chat LIVE with our writers and check out
    the latest news, rankings and analysis NOW
     
    Fan Poll

    Which of these questionable closers would you draft?


    Fantasy Baseball
    Fantasy Baseball News at CBSSports.com is the only destination you need for the latest fantasy baseball player rankings, expert analysis, free fantasy baseball, and up-to-date player news. Fantasy Baseball games at CBSSports.com include: Fantasy Baseball Commissioner, Free Fantasy Baseball and Premium Games. Fantasy Baseball Draft Central is the place for complete draft prep, including Fantasy Baseball mock drafts, Fantasy Baseball downloadable draft kits and fantasy baseball newsletters.

    *CBSSports.com Baseball Commissioner is open to (a) Registered Users; (b) thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of registration. CBSSports.com Baseball Commissioner is subject to the complete applicable Terms of Use. Void where prohibited by law.

    **Fantasy Baseball Gold is open to: (a) Registered Users; (b) legal residents of one (1) of the fifty (50) United States, Washington DC or Canada (excluding Quebec) (for purposes of clarity, Puerto Rico is expressly excluded); and (c) at least eighteen (18) years old or age of majority, whichever is older in their area of residence, at the date of registration in the Contest. PLEASE NOTE: Notwithstanding the foregoing: (i) eligible legal residents of Canada, Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Vermont and Washington state may play Fantasy Baseball Gold, but are not eligible to win any prizes.

    **Fantasy Baseball Platinum, Diamond, Double Diamond and Elite are open to: (a) Registered Users; (b) legal residents of one of the fifty (50) United States (excluding residents of the following states: Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Vermont, and Washington) (for purposes of clarity, residents from Canada and Puerto Rico are expressly excluded), or Washington D.C.; and (c) at least eighteen (18) years old or age of majority, whichever is older in their area of residence, at the date of registration in the Contest.

    All CBSSports.com Fantasy Baseball Prize Leagues are subject to the complete applicable Official Rules. Void where prohibited by law.

    ***The CBSSports.com Free Fantasy Baseball Sweepstakes is open to persons who are: (a) Registered Users (as defined below); (b) legal residents of the United States Canada (excluding Quebec), or Puerto Rico; and (c) at least eighteen (18) years old or age of majority in their state of residence or older at the date of registration in the Sweepstakes. Void in all other US Territories and Possessions and where prohibited by law.

    The 2013 CBSSports.com Free Fantasy Baseball Sweepstakes are subject to the complete applicable Official Rules.