2014 Fantasy Baseball AL-Only Closer Rankings

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IMarch 18, 2014

Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara, of Japan, delivers a warm-up pitch in the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1 over the Braves. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ closer rankings for AL-only fantasy baseball leagues.

1. Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox

Koji Uehara was nearly flawless during the Red Sox’s World Series run. He racked up 21 saves, a 1.09 ERA, a 0.57 WHIP and 101 strikeouts in 74.1 innings.

2. Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals

Greg Holland had 47 saves, a 1.21 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP and 103 strikeouts in 67 innings. He had a ridiculous 0.56 ERA after the All-Star break.

3. Joe Nathan, Detroit Tigers

Joe Nathan had 43 saves, a 1.39 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP and 73 strikeouts in 64.2 innings. He has 341 saves and a 2.76 ERA throughout his career.

4. Glen Perkins, Minnesota Twins

Glen Perkins had 36 saves, a 2.30 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP and 77 strikeouts in 62.2 innings. An improved rotation should work in his favor.

5. David Robertson, New York Yankees

David Robertson has huge shoes to fill, but he’s got the goods. Robertson had a 2.04 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP and 77 strikeouts in 66.1 innings last year.

6. Jim Johnson, Oakland A’s

Jim Johnson combined for 101 saves over the past two seasons with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP while pitching his home games in Camden Yards. Moving to Oakland should be a positive change.

7. Ernesto Frieri, Los Angeles Angels

Ernesto Frieri collected 37 saves last year while posting a 3.80 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 98 strikeouts in 68.2 innings. He should provide a solid saves total and a tremendous K/9 ratio.

8. Casey Janssen, Toronto Blue Jays

Casey Janssen saved 34 games last year while posting a 2.56 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 52.2 innings. In 2012, he saved 22 with a 2.54 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 63.2 innings.

9. Grant Balfour, Tampa Bay Rays

Grant Balfour has averaged 31 saves and 72 strikeouts the past two years while posting a 2.56 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. He should do well in his return to Tampa.

10. Fernando Rodney, Seattle Mariners

Fernando Rodney has averaged 42.5 saves and 79 strikeouts the past two years while posting a 1.91 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. His move to Seattle should be favorable.

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