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Ken Giles (RP, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Saves Leagues

OWNED IN: 41% of Fleaflicker Leagues

ANALYSIS: The Philadelphia Phillies just traded current closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Washington Nationals. While setup man Ken Giles is already owned in 41% of fantasy baseball leagues, he is still being written about as he should be grabbed everywhere now that Papelbon is out of the picture. Giles has long been expected to step in as the closer, to be the future saves man for the Phillies, and his chance has finally arrived.

You can see our full MLB closers & saves depth charts updated here, and follow further updates and waiver wire pickups/stashes as we continue through the trade deadline.

Giles has been very solid this year, with a 1.85 ERA and 1.35 WHIP, racking up 54 K over 43 2/3 IP. The walks have been a little high, with 20 BB over that time, but he's been much better of late in that department. Just in case Giles is still available in your league, and saves count in your format, be sure to go and grab him immediately off the waiver wire.

Regarding Drew Storen, Papelbon demanded that he be the closer for whatever team he is traded to, and the Nationals apparently agreed. This trade will send Drew Storen back to the 8th inning role as a setup man for the Nationals. Those in holds leagues will still benefit from Storen in that role, but it seems that Storen will no longer be grabbing saves for the Nats.


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