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. Now that the July trade deadline has passed, there are a few new names that can help your team because of trades.
Joe Jimenez, RP, Detroit Tigers
With the departure of Shane Greene to Atlanta, Jimenez will likely hold down the ninth inning for the Tigers. Jimenez, 24, has a big time fastball, but is also prone to giving up the home run. However, he has three career saves and has struck out 154 hitters across 123.2 innings in his career. He's the immediate pick-up for owners looking for saves, but it's also worth keeping an eye on Buck Farmer, who could also be used.
Will Smith, C, Los Angeles Dodgers
There will be no "Fresh Prince" jokes. There will be no "Fresh Prince" jokes. Simply put, Will Smith is putting on a show since being recalled by the Dodgers as the everyday catcher. Following his promotion in late July, Smith has slugged three home runs and driven in 13. Overall, he's hitting .349/.396/.884 with six home runs and 19 RBI on the season. If you need a catcher, he's your player, as he will likely finish the season among the top 10 producing catchers.
Archie Bradley, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Greg Holland is out. Archie Bradley is in. How long will it last, who knows, but after Holland blew a handful of save opportunities for Arizona towards the end of July, the Dbacks had to make a change. Bradley has five career saves, and one this season. He has no trouble striking hitters out, but he does have an issue with walking hitters, as he's walked 9.8% of hitters over his career, exemplified by his 12.4% walk percentage this season. However, if you are looking for cheap saves, and there are no better options, Bradley is worth a grab.
Bo Bichette, SS, Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have no shortage of talent in their minor league system, as proven by another recent promotion in Bichette. The 21-year-old infielder is hitting .444/.500/.722 in just a handful of games since the promotion, but figures to be a permanent fixture in Toronto for the rest of the season. In Triple-A, he was hitting .275/.333/.473 with 8 home runs and 15 stolen bases. He has some pop and some speed, so if you're looking for a middle infielder, take a look at Bichette.
Josh VanMeter, OF, Cincinnati Reds
With the departure of Yasiel Puig to crosstown rival Cleveland, the Reds will give VanMeter a serious look down the stretch. The 24-year-old lefty swinger hit .417/.500/.833 with four home runs and only six strikeouts during 15 games in the month of July. While VanMeter should start against most right-handed pitchers, he could take a seat when a southpaw is on the mound. Until VanMeter cools off, he's worth in add in most leagues.