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Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel among top available closers

Jonathan Papelbon and Francisco Rodriguez are also available.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Although some clubs are seeking bullpen upgrades but not closers particularly, the market for closers contains a handful of notable options. According to ESPN's Buster Olney, teams list Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel, Jonathan Papelbon, and Francisco Rodriguez as the four best available closers, respectively, based on contract status and performance.

1. Aroldis Chapman

Cinncinnati was waiting until after the All-Star Game to begin dealing major league pieces and the club is expected to be active in the coming days. A fire sale is realistic and Chapman might yield a pair of prospects.

Chapman, 27, has had success in 2015, posting a 1.69 ERA and 1.70 FIP over 37.1 innings. He has saved 18 contests this season and is coming off of a 2014 campaign during which he saved 36 contests and posted a 2.00 ERA over 54.0 innings. Chapman is relatively affordable with his 2015 salary set at $8 million.

The Reds are likely to deal Chapman and he might prove to be the best available option.

2. Craig Kimbrel

San Diego has struggled to this point and is reportedly interested in dealing Kimbrel. Kimbrel has pitched well out of the bullpen in his first season with the Padres, posting a 3.06 ERA and 2.41 FIP over 35.1 innings while saving 25 contests.

Kimbrel saved 47 games with the Braves last season and he is not notably expensive. His four-year, $42 million deal runs through 2017 and includes an option for 2018.

3. Jonathan Papelbon

Papelbon, 34, was Philadelphia's lone All-Star representative and has posted a 1.77 ERA and 3.06 FIP over 35.2 innings while also saving 15 contests. He had a notable amount of success last season, during which he saved 39 games and posted a 2.04 ERA and 2.53 FIP over 66.1 innings.

While the Phillies are expected to trade Papelbon, they might have a hard time because of his contract. He is due $13 million at the end of this season and his $13 million vesting option for next season is automatically applied if he finishes 48 games this year.

4. Francisco Rodriguez

While Rodriguez drew a notable amount of interest as a free agent last winter, the Brewers ultimately were able to re-sign him to a two-year, $13 million deal. At 33, Rodriguez might be expensive but continues to be productive. Over 34.0 innings in 2015, he has posted a 3.04 ERA and 4.50 FIP to complement 21 saves.

Rodriguez saved 44 contests last season and could be a valuable addition to a contending club's bullpen.

What it means:

Toronto has consistently been linked to late inning relief help and other clubs could inquire on available closing options. But ultimately, these four might all be pitching out of different bullpens at the end of the month.