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Most likely closers to be demoted

Updated: June 17, 2010, 12:38 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

In discussing the state of closers with a colleague this week, he made an interesting observation: It actually seems somewhat safe to be a closer this season.

Consider this: Of the 30 big-league closer jobs, 22 are in the same hands they were Opening Day. One more changed hands briefly -- that being the Los Angeles Angels, who used Fernando Rodney to spell Brian Fuentes during the latter's disabled-list stint -- but even with that more than two-thirds of closers have retained their jobs.

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