MLB Saves Leader Odds & Best Bets 2023

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Cleveland Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase notched 42 saves in 2022 to lead the major leagues in that category.

He enters the season as one of the top favorites to claim the prize once again. However, running it back in a category with many variables outside of a pitcher’s control is very difficult.

Several talented relievers stand an excellent chance to lead MLB in saves this season, including a few with long odds.

Let’s look at our updated 2023 MLB Saves Leader odds and best bets.

MLB Saves Leader Odds 2023

MLB Saves Leader betting odds are from Caesars Sportsbook and are current as of Monday, March 20.

  • Emmanuel Clase, Guardians (+700)
  • Josh Hader, Padres (+700)
  • Jordan Romano, Blue Jays (+1o00)
  • Ryan Pressly, Astros (+1400)
  • Ryan Helsley, Cardinals (+1400)
  • Camilo Doval, Giants (+1600)
  • Raisel Iglesias, Braves (+1600)
  • Clay Holmes, Yankees (+1800)
  • Devin Williams, Brewers (+2000)
  • David Bednar, Pirates (+2000)
  • Félix Bautista, Orioles (+2500)
  • Kenley Jansen, Red Sox (+2500)
  • Scott Barlow, Royals (+2500)
  • Alexis Díaz, Reds (+2800)
  • Daniel Bard, Rockies (+3000)
  • Daniel Hudson, Dodgers (+3300)
  • Seranthony Domínguez, Phillies (+3300)
  • Kendall Graveman, White Sox (+3300)
  • Carlos Estévez, Angels (+3300)
  • Kyle Finnegan, Nationals (+4000)
  • Paul Sewald, Mariners (+4000)

After New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz suffered a season-ending knee injury, it is no surprise to see Clase listed as the top favorite to lead the league in saves. However, several dark-horse candidates enter the season with intriguing odds, such as Orioles’ closer Félix Bautista.

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MLB Saves Leader Best Bet 2023

Raisel Iglesias, Braves (+1600) | Caesars Sportsbook

While Raisel Iglesias may not be my first choice to lead the league in saves if asked to choose a favorite, the 33-year-old would certainly be close to the top.

However, the Braves’ closer enters the season with significantly longer odds than many of his contemporaries but with the same opportunity.

Iglesias tallied just 17 saves in 2022 but had to share the backend of the Atlanta bullpen with Kenley Jansen (41 saves) in the second half of the season after being traded in July.

A full season as the primary closer for the Braves should make Iglesias a strong contender to lead the league in saves, regardless of talent. Fortunately, Iglesias posted a 31.7% strikeout rate, 2.47 ERA, and 2.47 FIP last year.

MLB Saves Leader Contenders 2023

Emmanuel Clase, Guardians (+700)

Clase enters 2023 as the betting favorite and should be able to secure plenty of ninth-inning opportunities this season after posting an impressive 1.36 ERA, 1.98 FIP, and 1.96 SIERA last season.

Jordan Romano, Blue Jays (+1000)

After securing 36 saves last season, Jordan Romano enters the year as the third favorite to lead the majors.

The 29-year-old will be given more than his fair share of chances in 2023, with the Blue Jays expected to compete for the American League East division title.

Romano carried a 20.2% K-BB rate to go with a 2.82 FIP and 2.11 ERA last season and should be in for monster campaign.

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MLB Saves Leader Sleepers 2023

Devin Williams, Brewers (+2000) | Caesars Sportsbook

Devin Williams will finally be allowed to shine over an entire season now that Josh Hader is with the San Diego Padres.

After the trade deadline last season, the right-hander converted eight saves thanks to his air-bending changeup.

If you are looking for value, look no further than the Brewers’ closer.

Félix Bautista, Orioles (+2500) | Caesars Sportsbook

The Orioles closer enters the season at +2500 due to suffering a minor shoulder injury before spring training. However, the 27-year-old is expected to be healthy for the regular season, presenting a solid betting opportunity at attractive odds.

Bautista came out of nowhere to become a lockdown closer for Baltimore last season, posting 15 saves over 65 2/3 innings with a 2.19 ERA and 88 strikeouts.


Matt Williams

Matt Williams is the Lead MLB Editor for The Game Day, formerly of The Athletic and NBC Sports. Matt is the former host of the Turn Two Podcast and champion of both Tout Wars and the Kings Classic fantasy expert leagues. He has been nominated for an FSWA award and is known for his analytical breakdown threads on Twitter.

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