Whether you're the type of owner who targets high-end, dominant relief pitchers such as Craig Kimbrel early in drafts or adopts the adage to avoid paying for saves, the fact is we spend a lot of time talking about closers, predicting who's next in line and how soon it's going to happen. Now it's bottom-line prediction time. Let's go through each and every team discussing who will and will not get the saves, and remember, perhaps half the closers in the role today will likely see their role unexpectedly change, often without warning. There will be good and bad performances, promotions and demotions and perhaps the occasional trade to add spice to the process. It's gonna be an adventure!
We start with the National League first.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Just because Addison Reed was traded for this winter doesn't mean he's safe, but I just don't see J.J. Putz or Brad Ziegler taking this job or Reed struggling enough to lose it. Projection: Reed saves 36 and lowers his ERA from last season, Putz and lefty Oliver Perez get three saves each.