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Fantasy baseball closer report: Still plenty of saves on the waiver wire

Despite double-digit saves this season, Baltimore's Felix Bautista remains on the waiver wire in the majority of ESPN leagues. AP

Baltimore Orioles fans seemed a bit displeased when the franchise traded closer Jorge Lopez to the Minnesota Twins for no major-league return on deadline day four weeks ago, but perhaps they knew something. The organization knew intimidating right-hander Felix Bautista could handle the ninth inning, and they were certainly correct. In fact, in those four weeks, no relief pitcher ranks better on the ESPN Player Rater.

Eleven pitchers have saved five or more games over the last 30 days and, of that group, five remain available in 50% of ESPN standard leagues. That seems like rather relevant information, no? You need saves in your roto league or a valuable relief pitcher in your points version, and some of the very best over the past month remain readily available. Bautista boasts seven saves and 21 strikeouts in August, and he remains available in 52.4% of ESPN standard leagues.