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Closer report: Selling high in dynasty

Francisco Rodriguez is the active leader in saves with 420. Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire

Twenty-one active pitchers entered the 2016 season with 100 or more saves, and of that group, a mere eight are currently ranked among the top-20 relief pitchers on the ESPN Player Rater. What does that tell us? Well, it’s not so easy to excel as a closer for a long time, even while managers keep pushing the narrative of experience and loyalty to justify decisions. Still, barely a third of the active leaders are thriving. At the top, of the seven actives with 200 or more saves, only three are currently closing -- and who knows if Miami Marlins arrow-shooter Fernando Rodney stays in the role.