Grinding Metal examines potential waiver wire additions that can assist your team during the fantasy baseball season. From home runs to pitching saves, Grinding Metal has you covered.
Andrew Vaughn, OF, Chicago White Sox
Eloy Jimenez will miss significant time with an upper body injury. Andrew Vaughn will get the first shot at being an every day replacement. While Vaughn doesn't have Jimenez numbers, he's still worth taking a shot on to open the season. The White Sox have him hitting in the 5th and 6th spot in the lineup, giving him a chance to drive in runs.
Jordan Romano, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
New acquisition Kirby Yates is out for the year with Tommy John surgery, making Romano the likely candidate to fill in during the 9th inning. However, the Blue Jays could also deploy Rafael Dolis and/or Tyler Chatwood if Romano struggles or needs an off-day. Although Romano has just two career saves, the Blue Jays bullpen should be just fine in his hands.
Joc Pederson, OF, Chicago Cubs
Unlike his platoon playing time for the Dodgers, Pederson should be the primary left-fielder for the Cubs this season. If spring training is any indication, Pederson will bat behind Kris Bryant in the lineup, seeing plenty of time in the cleanup and 5th spot. Pederson can be a very streaky hitter, but when he's hot, the home runs come in bunches. I would deploy Pederson as a 5th outfielder.
Freddy Peralta, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
The hard throwing righty has cracked earned the final spot in the Brewers' rotation. Peralta is a big strikeout guy, but will also walk 3-4 batter per nine innings. However, if he can throw 5-6 innings game and rack up 12-13 strikeouts per nine innings, he's a lock for any fantasy owner's roster.