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Grinding Metal - Chris Bassitt, Howie Kendrick and More Waiver Wire Pickups

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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.

Hunter Renfroe, OF, San Diego Padres
This is an easy pickup. However, Renfroe is owned in close to 50% of leagues, so you have to act quickly. He's been on a power surge to start the month of May, with 4 home runs in 10 games. His batting average and on-base percentage are way below league average on the year, but if you're looking for some power, Renfroe is worth a shot.

Chris Martin, RP, Texas Rangers
With Jose Leclerc demoted to the setup role, and Shawn Kelley landing on the injured list, Martin is your default closer for the Rangers moving forward. The 29-year-old reliever has one career save prior to this season, but has already locked up one save in one opportunity this season. Overall, he has a 3.14 ERA this year with 15 strikeouts in 14.1 innings.

Howie Kendrick, INF/OF, Washington Nationals
The veteran utility-man finds himself as the starting first baseman for the Nats, as Ryan Zimmerman is on the injured list with Plantar fascitis. Kendrick, 35, is hitting .306/.364/.553 with six home runs and 21 RBI. With the Nationals lacking any real run production right now, Kendrick finds himself typically batting near the middle of the lineup on most days, giving him an opportunity to drive in runs. The veteran could be a nice fill in on your roster due to eligibility flexibility.

Chris Bassitt, SP, Oakland Athletics
After allowing home runs early to the Cincinnati Reds, Bassitt settled down and would finish the game with 7.2 innings pitched, 9 strikeouts and finished with his second quality start of the season. Overall, he has a 2.55 ERA and has struck out 31 hitters in 24.2 innings overt four starts. He's holding opposing hitters to a .189/.255/.400 stat line, but has surrendered 5 total home runs. Bassitt continues to be a strikeout machine for the A's and his next start comes against the Detroit Tigers later this week.

Derek Dietrich, 2B/OF, Cincinnati Reds
If you're looking for a hot streak to ride, look no further than Dietrich. The 29-year-old veteran was released during the off-season, but has caught on with the Reds, as they continue to find places for him to play. After hitting a total of 5 home runs during the months of March/April, the left-handed hitter already has 5 home runs during the month of May, while also hitting .310/.429/.828. Overall, he's hitting .241/.360/.639 with 10 home runs. Ride the hot wave.