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Closers: Is Craig Kimbrel a future closer?

Updated: September 27, 2010, 5:13 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
I picked up Atlanta Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel in a deep keeper league last week, not because I thought the 22-year-old could help me win this season -- the team I added him to is out of it -- but because he's likely to vault into a closer role next spring. While I rarely select closers as keeper choices in standard leagues, those who play in deeper formats or NL-/AL-only leagues should consider them. In that setup, you don't want to head into a draft as the only guy in your league without a closer, leaving you trying to guess what a team such as the Pittsburgh Pirates will do as you desperately seek saves in the early rounds.

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