Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Grand Slam Pickups to Boost Your Team

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMay 17, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 02:  Chris Johnson #23 of the Houston Astros gets a high five from Bud Norris after hitting a three run home run against the New York Mets in the second inning on May 2, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Whether you are dominating your fantasy baseball league or in need of some repairs, waiver-wire pickups can ignite your squad to another level.

We are nearly a fourth of the way through the 2012 baseball season, but there is still plenty of waiver-wire gold to be had.

Here's a look at the top waiver-wire pickups of the week.

3. Daniel Nava, OF, Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MA - MAY 13:  Daniel Nava #66 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated after he scored a run against the Cleveland Indians on April 21, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Daniel Nava is a temporary pickup, given Jacoby Ellsbury is due back in mid- to late June, but he's simply been tearing the cover off the ball lately. He's riding a streak in his first six games of 2012 and he's worth picking up for the short term. He has eight hits in his first 15 at-bats, including a home run.

2. Chris Johnson, 3B, Houston Astros

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 02:  Chris Johnson #23 of the Houston Astros watches the ball leave the park for his second home run of the game against the New York Mets on May 2, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Chris Johnson certainly has the talent to be a major impact player in the big leagues. He had an incredible start to his major league career in 2010, but backpedaled a bit in 2011. This season, he's hitting .289 with four home runs, 20 RBI and 15 runs in 33 games. He's an up-and-coming player. 

1. Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 30:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bats against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 30, 2012 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The great Mike Trout is finally starting to live up to his vast potential. The 2009 first-round pick has hit .372 with three home runs, eight RBI, 10 runs and two stolen bases in the past two weeks, and he's hitting .316 in 15 games this season. Catch Trout while you can.

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