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2023 Reliever Rankings

Alex Lange

Alex Lange

Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

Up this week are my mostly-for-fun 2023 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be 20-game eligible next year, and the free agents-to-be are listed without teams. Players with options for next year are still listed with their current teams if those options have a legitimate chance of being exercised. Those players are noted with asterisks.

Click to see other other preliminary 2023 rankings:

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

Relief pitcher rankings

2023 RP Team 2022 July
1 Josh Hader Brewers 2 1
2 Edwin Diaz 5 2
3 Liam Hendriks White Sox 1 8
4 Emmanuel Clase Guardians 4 3
5 Ryan Helsley Cardinals 130 12
6 Jordan Romano Blue Jays 8 5
7 David Bednar Pirates 15 13
8 Kenley Jansen 7 10
9 Raisel Iglesias Angels 3 4
10 Camilo Doval Giants 16 15
11 Craig Kimbrel 6 6
12 Clay Holmes Yankees 68 7
13 Jhoan Duran Twins 86 24
14 Ryan Pressly Astros 11 11
15 Aroldis Chapman 10 18
16 Jorge Lopez Orioles 128 14
17 Andrés Muñoz Mariners 107 77
18 Devin Williams Brewers 23 28
19 Scott Barlow Royals 13 22
20 David Robertson 20 16
21 Seranthony Domínguez Phillies NR 29
22 Daniel Bard 124 27
23 Alexis Diaz Reds NR 79
24 Gregory Soto Tigers 19 17
25 Mark Melancon Diamondbacks 21 26
26 Taylor Rogers 12 9
27 Paul Sewald Mariners 25 20
28 Giovanny Gallegos Cardinals 9 21
29 Michael Fulmer 38 32
30 Jonathan Hernández Rangers NR NR
31 Alex Lange Tigers NR 86
32 Kyle Finnegan Nationals 50 52
33 Corey Knebel 22 30
34 Rafael Montero 117 40
35 John Schreiber Red Sox NR 31
36 Will Smith Braves* 42 43
37 Dany Jiménez Athletics NR 35
38 Pete Fairbanks Rays 70 74
39 A.J. Minter Braves 57 41
40 Evan Phillips Dodgers NR 57
41 Felix Bautista Orioles NR 69
42 A.J. Puk Athletics NR 59
43 Diego Castillo Mariners 41 36
44 Jason Adam Rays NR 46
45 Daniel Hudson 79 NR
46 Tyler Kinley Rockies NR NR
47 Michael King Yankees NR 56
48 Anthony Bender Marlins 17 64
49 Blake Treinen Dodgers* 33 NR
50 Brad Hand 43 39
51 José Leclerc Rangers* 144 71
52 Josh Staumont Royals 72 49
53 Joe Barlow Rangers 32 25
54 Brusdar Graterol Dodgers 75 68
55 Ken Giles Mariners* 37 44
56 J.P. Feyereisen Rays NR NR
57 Seth Lugo 40 51
58 Yimi García Blue Jays 56 62
59 Kendall Graveman White Sox 92 33
60 Penn Murfee Mariners NR 61
61 Wil Crowe Pirates NR 42
62 Steven Wilson Padres NR NR
63 Trevor Stephan Guardians NR 66
64 Zach Pop Marlins NR NR
65 Reynaldo Lopez White Sox 151 SP 63
66 Scott Effross Cubs NR 48
67 Collin McHugh Braves 39 55
68 Tyler Rogers Giants 47 50
69 Jordan Hicks Cardinals 117 SP NR
70 Drew Pomeranz Padres 77 NR
71 Tanner Scott Marlins NR 37
72 Johan Oviedo Cardinals NR NR
73 Luke Weaver Diamondbacks 153 SP NR
74 Griffin Jax Twins NR 81
75 Dominic Leone 141 75
76 Codi Heuer Cubs NR NR
77 Jonathan Loáisiga Yankees 36 NR
78 Robert Stephenson Rockies 104 NR
79 Luis Frias Diamondbacks NR NR
80 Ryan Tepera Angels 60 72
81 Robert Suarez Padres* 54 NR
82 Dillon Tate Orioles 52 82
83 Erik Swanson Mariners 99 88
84 James Karinchak Guardians 74 NR
85 Alex Colome 26 87
86 Yerry De Los Santos Pirates NR NR
87 Jake Cousins Brewers 67 NR
88 Alex Reyes Cardinals 58 NR
89 Connor Brogdon Phillies 97 NR
90 JT Chargois Rays 61 NR

  • Some of these guys are getting traded in the next few weeks and many will be free agents at season’s end, so probably even more so than any other position ranking, this list will change a great deal prior to the start of next season.

  • Relievers who could make big jumps prior to Opening Day:

Andrés Muñoz (No. 17): Looks incredibly dominant right now. Just waiting for an opening.
Devin Williams (No. 18): He’s probably sixth or seventh here if Josh Hader gets traded.
Seranthony Domínguez (No. 21): Potentially in the top 10 if the Phillies let him establish himself.
Alex Lange (No. 31): Gregory Soto is a trade candidate, and Lange might overtake him next year anyway.
Rafael Montero (No. 34), Daniel Hudson (No. 45), Dominic Leone (No. 75): Modestly priced closing options as free agents this winter.

  • The Mets are unrepresented here, since Edwin Diaz, Seth Lugo and Adam Ottavino are all free agents. Of course, they’re perfectly capable of re-signing those guys if they want to (and they’ll certainly want to bring back Diaz).

  • With Tanner Rainey requiring Tommy John surgery, Kyle Finnegan is the only Nationals pitcher on the list, and, really, if I’m the Nationals, I’d be looking to flip him for a prospect before the deadline. For that reason, I’d really like to have had another National or two on the list. Still, Carl Edwards Jr. was pretty much the only guy that made sense to me and he’s another one who could be traded this month. Hunter Harvey always could stay healthy for a spell and enter the mix, but I’m skeptical. Perhaps Victor Arano could be a sleeper for next year; he had a 5.01 ERA in two months before going down with knee inflammation, but his peripherals were pretty great.

  • I know I just wrote that I list pitchers as starters if they have much chance of starting, but Luke Weaver wasn’t making the cut there anyway and I’m somewhat intrigued with him as a reliever, particularly on a Diamondbacks team with a declining Mark Melancon in the closer’s role and not a whole lot else. Luis Frias also shows up here for Arizona; I’m not terribly high on him, but if his control comes along, there isn’t much standing in his way in that pen.