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Fantasy Baseball: Saving Owner Strategy After Deadline

The MLB trade deadline has been a hotbed of activity this year. While the real world of baseball was rocked by Juan Soto's trade to the Padres, thefantasy baseball community was rocked by pretty much everything else.

Increased fantasy value for players such as

Trey Mancini, Whit Merrifield, andFrankie Montashighlighted the positive side. The bad things that tend to be fantasies every year are found in the bullpen. As the owner of Raisel Iglesias will attest, close combat is always disastrous, but it also increases your chances of finding saves on Waverwire.

The famous saying, ``When one door closes, another opens,'' was Alexander Graham his bell. Please excuse the pun. This statement sounds true when it comes to closers being traded in baseball.

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Iglesias lost value as a closer However, after he was traded to the Braves, an opportunity opened up for Angels lefty Jose Kijada. The 26-year-old southpaw has already earned his first save since Iglesias was fired, giving him a chance to hold down his upcoming job. Right-handed Ryan Tepera could be in the mix if manager Phil Nevin wants a matchup, but yellowfin seems to have the upper hand now.

Orioles move Jorge Lopez closer to Twins The value of Felix Bautista's fantasy soared when Manager Brandon Hyde has mentioned Sionel Perez and Dillon Tate as potential members of the near-committee situation, but Perez shines more as a situational left-hander, with Tate appearing early in the season. I can't get a job at and I haven't really profiled you as someone you want to lock down the 9th. Bautista is the target as Waiver goes to his wire this Sunday

The Athletics are now using A.J.'s tandem. Puke and Zach Jackson, and the Cubs are using Rowan Wick and Brandon Hughes to handle the 9th inning. is still important. Even bad team closers get saves and chasing them on waiverwire can be a problem...but get these players, or players who have a real clear path to saves

Howard Bender is Head of Content for Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and catch him on the SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Channel's award-winning 'Fantasy Alarm Radio Show' from 6pm to 8pm weekdays. Visit for allfantasy baseball advice.