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Grinding Metal - Brandon Belt, Gregory Soto 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.

With the MLB trade deadline coming and going, there are a lot of opportunities for fantasy owners to pick up players who find themselves in new roles, specifically closers.

Greg Holland, RP, Kansas City Royals
Likely because of experience, Holland is the closer of choice with the Royals trading Trevor Rosenthal to the Padres. Holland has plenty of experience as the closer, with 208 career saves. If Holland falters, the Royals could give hard throwing Josh Staumont a look. 

Ryan Mountcastle, OF/INF, Baltimore Orioles
The former first round pick from the 2015 draft is making waves during the abbreviated 2020 season. Hitting .324/.390/.541 with 2 home runs while playing the outfield for the Orioles. Mountcastle should continue to see plenty of play time as the season winds down. He's has been hitting 6th and 7th in the lineup for Baltimore.

Gregory Soto, RP, Detroit Tigers
The Tigers removed Joe Jimenez (11.70 ERA) from the closer's role early this week, giving way to Soto. Soto has been exceptionally better this season, posting a 21 strikeouts in 17.1 innings. The hard throwing lefty should continue to be called upon during the ninth inning for the rest of the season.

Ian Anderson, SP, Atlanta Braves
Anderson has been spectacular during his first two big-league starts. Going at least 6 innings in each start, while allowing no more than two earned runs. Overall, he has a 2.25 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 12 innings pitched. His next start will come against the Nationals over the weekend.

Brandon Belt, 1B, San Francisco Giants
The 32-year-old lefty continues to get on base, as he has done much of his career. Over his last 15 games, Belt has a .582(!) OBP with 4 home runs and 11 RBI. The Giants have not been good this season, but Belt has thrown up a terrific season, despite starting the season on the injured list with an Achilles issue.

Brad Miller, 3B/SS, St. Louis Cardinals
Yes, Brad Miller is worth a look for your fantasy team, simply because of his scorching streak right now. Since returning to the big-leagues in the early part of August - he's hitting .317/.450/.619 - all while hitting cleanup for the Cardinals. The plan is to simply pick Miller up and ride the hot streak as long as you can. It's like when Donovan Solano was hitting over .400 to start the year - the player is worth a pickup, but don't expect a player over the age of 30 to find a new skill.