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Closers can make tough keepers

However, future looks bright for Jonathan Broxton, Neftali Feliz, Drew Storen

Updated: August 12, 2010, 12:41 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Keeping closers, to some degree, is a fool's errand.

I'll get straight to the facts, because they tell all: The top three fantasy closers in 2007 were J.J. Putz, Takashi Saito and Joe Nathan. They had 117 saves total, not to mention a 1.56 ERA between them, that season. Three years later, those three combined have a 2.53 ERA, but only four saves … and 147 total days spent on the disabled list (albeit most of those Nathan's).

Of course, the next three closers ...

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