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Grinding Metal - Joe Ross, Brendan Rodgers 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.

Brendan Rodgers, 2B/SS, Colorado Rockies
The hesitancy with adding Rodgers is the playing time. If Rodgers was playing every day, he would be owned in more than 20% of leagues. However, there is good news for Rodgers supporters, as the Rockies appear to be playing Rodgers on an every day basis. He's started in the past six games and has been hitting 5th in the lineup. Over the past two weeks, he's hitting .304/.361/.536 with two home runs and seven RBI. With an increase in playing time, and a potential Trevor Story trade on the horizon - Rodgers could be in line for a big second half.

Max Stassi, C, Los Angeles Angels
If you're a Yasmani Grandal (out 4-6 weeks) fantasy owner, you may be searching for a new catcher - or if you simply need a change of scenery at the catching position, Stassi is worth a look. Over the past week, Stassi is hitting .364/.440/.545 with one home run. The 30-year-old veteran catcher certainly won't provide a ton of power, but his on-base percentage (.390 OBP in 2021) is worth a roster spot for anyone looking for a catcher.

Jarren Duran, OF, Boston Red Sox
Duran was not selected for the Olympic team, but that's because his promotion to the big-leagues could be in the near future. The Red Sox may need to promote him while he's in Tokyo, which could delay his arrival, thus keeping him in the USA. He's hitting .287/.378/.598 with 15 home runs and 10 stolen bases in Triple-A Worcester over 42 games this season. A promotion near the end of the July remains a real possibility, so owners will need to monitor the situation.

Joe Ross, SP, Washington Nationals
With the exception of a really bad start against the New York Mets in mid-June, Ross has been very good over his last six starts. He posted a 2.31 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 39 innings. He's also had quality starts in 5 of those past six starts. On the year, he has a 4.02 ERA and 91:28 K:BB over 87.1 innings pitched. His next start comes against the San Francisco Giants on the road.

Chris Sale, SP, Boston Red Sox
Chris Sale is on pace to return in late July/early August. He's progressing in his simulated games, and should begin a rehab assignment during the middle of July. If you have a spot you can stash the lefty, it might be time to do so.