The Exploding MLB Reliever Market: Finding the Next Great Closer

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The Exploding MLB Reliever Market: Finding the Next Great Closer
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New Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has millions of reasons to smile.

If there is one position that's absolutely exploded during the baseball off-season thus far, it's the closer market. We've already seen some large dollar free agent signings - including Jonathan Papelbon to Philadelphia, Heath Bell to Miami - and there are surely more to come with multiple teams rumored to be hunting for end-game stoppers.

With the price and demand for an established high-leverage reliever seemingly at an all-time high, it makes sense for budget-minded general managers to start looking to create their own closers from promising set-up men, middle relievers and hard-throwing prospects.

We're going to take a look at the Top 10 pitchers that should be targeted for future closers' roles.

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