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.
A.J. Pollock, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
Pollock is set to return to game action after the All-Star break after missing most of the first half with an injury to his elbow. Pollock, 31, hasn't produced great numbers this season, hitting .223/.287/.330 in 28 games, but he may be worth a stash, in order to see how he does once he's back in action with the potent Dodgers' lineup.
Matt Thaiss, 3B, Los Angeles Angels
With Tommy La Stella out six-to-eight weeks, Thaiss hopes to make the best of his audition for the Angels at third base. A career .279/.363/.445 hitter in four minor league seasons, the Angels and Thaiss are hoping that will translate into some offensive help for the Angels while La Stella is out. Plan on Thaiss seeing plenty of opportunity for the Angels at third base moving forward.
Nathan Eovaldi, P, Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox announced that when Eovaldi returns (hopefully around the All-Star break) - he will likely be the team's closer. This is good news for fantasy owners who add and drop closers for cheap saves, and bad news for owners of pitchers Matt Barnes and Brandon Workman. Eovaldi, currently on the 60-day injured list, has been shelved since mid April with an injury in his right elbow. Overall, this move allows Boston to ease Eovaldi back into pitching, while also helping a tired bullpen.
Dylan Cease, P, Chicago White Sox
The highly touted prospect made his Major League Debut earlier this week, striking out six, walking four, and allowing three earned runs against the Detroit Tigers. Although Cease was the "26th man" for a doubleheader, all indications are that Cease will remain in the rotation after the All-Star break. He struggled with his control in his debut, but that's something that he's also struggled with during his time in Triple-A, as he walked 32 hitters in 68.1 innings pitched. Overall, Cease is a highly touted prospect that may only go 4-to-5 innings due to pitch counts, but is worth an addition based on matchups.