Grinding Metal examines potential waiver wire additions that can assist your team during the fantasy baseball season. From home runs to pitching strikeouts, Grinding Metal has you covered. The trade deadline provided some new opportunities for plenty of players. Week 17 is here, so let's start things off.
Jose Miranda, 1B/3B, Minnesota Twins
In 20 games in July, Miranda hit .353/.405/.603 with 5 home runs. Entering the month of August, he now finds himself as the every day first baseman with the occasional start at third base. Additionally, Miranda is hitting in the middle of the order around the likes of Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa - which means only good things can happen. He's owned in less than 35% of leagues.
Felix Bautista, RP, Baltimore Orioles
With the departure of Jorge Lopez to the Minnesota Twins, Bautista will get the first chance for the ninth inning. He has a big time fastball that he mixes with a split-finger pitch, and doesn't allow a lot of hard contact. He has 66 strikeouts in 44.2 innings pitched. This is an easy pickup.
David Robertson, RP, Philadelphia Phillies
The veteran reliever is back for another round of baseball in Philly. However, this time, Robertson is healthy and is putting together a pretty good season. Prior to the trade from the Chicago Cubs, he had 14 saves and a 2.23 ERA. Robertson appears to be the favorite for saves moving forward (for now), as he collected his first save for the 2022 Phillies in his first outing. Likely bad news for Seranthony Dominguez and Brad Hand owners, but let's how things play out.
Rowan Wick, RP, Chicago Cubs
The Cubs traded most of their relievers away, so the default option now falls to Wick, as they have the most current experience. If you need saves, and I mean, desperate for saves - Wick is the pickup here.