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.
The White Sox opened the door for the highly touted prospect to make his MLB debut after the team traded Todd Frazier
away. Moncada, 22, was hitting .282/.377/.447 with 12 home runs with Triple-A Charlotte. He was ranked the #2 prospect in baseball by Baseball America
prior to the 2017 season. Although he only has 1 hit in his first 4 games, he's a must add for any team, especially keeper/dynasty leagues.
Third base has been a struggle for the Red Sox in 2017, as 7 players have combined to produce .228/.280/.320 slash line with 7 home runs. Although Devers was recently promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this month, the 20-year-old infielder is hitting .311/.377/.578 across two levels this year. Devers will reportedly split time with Deven Marrero
at third base, but Devers is the third baseman of the future for Boston.
The Nationals have injury and production issues out of the 9th inning role all season. To try and resolve the problem, the team acquired Doolittle and RHP Ryan Madson
. Although both pitchers are capable of closing games, it appears that Doolittle is the favorite going forward. Doolittle has already recorded 2 saves upon his arrival in D.C. However, both pitchers could be used going forward as 9th inning closers, but pick up Doolittle first.
After multiple injuries to outfielders, platoon player Brian Goodwin has found himself as the every day leadoff hitter for the Nats. The 26 year old is hitting .242/.312/.478 this season in 56 games. Over his past 6 games, he's slugging .571 with 2 home runs. The strikeouts are of concern, but if he can get on base, he has an explosive lineup hitting behind him.
As part of the Todd Frazier trade to New York, the White Sox and Yankees also swapped relievers, as Chicago sent two of their top relievers to NYC. David Robertson
and Tommy Kahnle
switched places with Tyler Clippard
. For the ninth inning on the South Side, Clippard could see some ninth inning save chances; however, he has struggled this season, posting a 5.15 ERA. Swarzak, 31, has struck out 50 batters in 47 innings this season, posting a 2.30 ERA. While Clippard might be the "favorite" for chances early on, Swarzak has been the better option.