Grinding Metal examines potential waiver wire additions that can assist your team during the fantasy baseball season. From steals to pitching wins, Grinding Metal has you covered. Check out these players for immediate roster help. Check out last week's article here.
Another switch is in the works for the Nationals and their ninth inning reliever. Blake Treinen
has made things interesting in save opportunities and manager Dusty Baker simply stated "this ain't working"
after Tuesday's latest meltdown against the Atlanta Braves. Next up? The smart money is on Shawn Kelley returning to the role, as Baker is a creature of habit - and Kelley handled closing duties for the Nats to end the 2016 season. Kelley likely receives the nod over youngster Koda Glover
, as Baker prefers veterans in save situations.
Brad Brach, RP, Baltimore Orioles
If by chance Brad Brach is still available in your league, he should be the number one target on the waiver wire. Zach Britton
landed on the disabled list last weekend, and although the injury is not considered serious, one always has to be cautious with arm injuries to hard throwing relievers. Britton will likely be out past the 10 days, which gives plenty of opportunities to Brach. Brach, typically the 8th inning guy for the Orioles, has allowed one hit in 6 innings of work this season - while striking out 10 batters. As far as Buck Showalter alternating save opportunities between Brach and Darren O'Day
- Brach is the easy choice.
Carter Capps, RP, San Diego Padres
Carter Capps started the season on the disabled list, but has appeared in four games on a rehab assignment and should be back with the Padres soon. Brandon Maurer
is currently handling 9th inning duties for the Padres, but is off to a less than stellar start - posting a 5.79 ERA and recording 1 save. Although Maurer has yet to blow a save this season, he blew 6 of his 19 opportunities in 2016. Capps, having exactly zero career MLB saves, is still the favorite to overtake the job when he returns. Capps throws a mid-to-high 90s fastball with an awkward delivery, and has struck out 177 career hitters in 135.1 innings pitched.
If you own Josh Donaldson
, you may be looking for a replacement due to his lingering calf injury. Travis Shaw might be a possible solution for you, as long as you are okay a sub-par batting average and an all or nothing result. Shaw, slugging .574 over his first 15 games, fits in nicely for the Brewers slotted into the middle of the order - with plenty of RBI situations.
Originally expected to platoon first base with Hanley Ramirez
, Moreland finds himself as an every day player at first base for Boston early on this season. With Hanley dealing with a throwing shoulder issue, and Moreland swinging a hot bat, Moreland finds himself with a .358/.443/.604 slash line with 11 extra base hits, and more importantly, getting at-bats against left-handed pitchers. Ride the hot streak with Moreland, and throw him in your utility or corner infield spot.
Soler has been on the disabled list since the beginning of the season with an oblique injury, but should return soon, as he's ready to begin a rehab assignment. He's a stash player for now, but will likely see a bulk of the playing time in right field upon his return. Soler, 25, has yet to break out, but has the ability to hit for power - while hopefully cutting down on his strikeouts.