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Grinding Metal - Akil Baddoo, Jake Diekman 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 saves, Grinding Metal has you covered.

Akil Baddoo, OF, Detroit Tigers
Badoo is finding regular playing time and continues to produce every game. The 22 year old had a red hot spring training, and has carried that over to the regular season. As of this article, he's started for Detroit in three of the past four games - all against right handed pitching. His ownership is just under 50%, but that should continue to rise as his playing time does.

Jake Diekman, RP, Oakland Athletics
With Trevor Rosenthal hitting the injured list for an extended period of time, Diekman along with other reliever Lou Trivino will see plenty of work in the late innings. Although the lefty has been hit hard early this season, we can expect him to produce numbers this season like in 2020, where owners saw him post a 0.42 ERA and 31 strikeouts in just over 21 innings. The situation is worth monitoring over the next few games.

Yermin Mercedes, C/DH, Chicago White Sox
There is noting wrong with riding an unexpected hot streak. Fantasy owners do it every season, but with players who are supposed to hit home runs. The unexpected hot start for Mercedes has forced his name on to fantasy rosters. He's listed as catcher, but will likely remain at DH during his playing time for the White Sox. If he's availble in your league, take a run at him, but just don't expect things to last.

Nathan Eovaldi, SP, Boston Red Sox
The hard throwing righty has shown signs of his ability to miss bats over his first two starts this season. He's allowed two earned runs over 12.1 innings, while striking out 11. His next start will likely come against the Minnesota Twins on the road.