Grinding Metal examines potential waiver wire additions that can assist your team during the fantasy baseball season. From home runs to pitching wins, Grinding Metal has you covered. Check out these players for immediate roster help. Check out the previous edition of Grinding Metal here.
After being regarded more of a utility/platoon player over the past few seasons, Rivera has shown that his bat should be in the lineup every day. The 28-year-old infielder is currently enjoying an 11 game hit streak, hitting .425/.477/.750 with 3 home runs during the same span. On the year, he's has a .348 on-base percentage and is eligible at multiple fantasy positions, making him a nice utility addition on your team.
The Rangers 9th inning role has been a toss up recently, as Matt Bush
lost the job after several blown saves. However, the last two save opportunities have went to lefty reliever Alex Claudio. Claudio, 25, has converted the previous two save opportunities. He has a 2.59 ERA and 3 saves this season - making him the likely candidate for ninth inning duties moving forward.
With much speculation about closer David Robertson
being moved, and Jose Quintana
already moved, it's time to take a flier on reliever Tommy Kahnle. The White Sox are selling, and with the July 31st deadline quickly approaching, the team is likely moving many more pieces. The 27-year-old righty has 60 strikeouts in 36 innings this season, going along with a 2.50 ERA. With Nate Jones
out with an injury, Kahnle is the likely replacement on the South Side.
Although he hasn't pitched in the big-leagues this year, Collin McHugh can provide a big bolster to your fantasy team going forward. The former 19 game winner has completed his rehab assignment for an elbow impingement - and is slated to start against the Baltimore Orioles in his first game back. The Orioles strike out a lot - usually swinging and missing, which will help McHugh, as he returns to the rotation.