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The Long Game: Stuck In the Middle with You

Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.

Stuck In the Middle with You

With the first month of the season drawing to a close, it's a good time to evaluate your team's performance and determine whether or not you should commit to playing for this season or next. In many cases, the decision will be easy. If you're at the top of the standings or within spitting distance of the leader, obviously you're going to be going for it. If you're mired at the bottom of the table, you're probably already looking ahead to 2014. But what do you do if you're somewhere in the middle, where it's easy to convince yourself that a few good weeks could put you right back in the title hunt... regardless of how likely those good weeks are to happen?

While sitting back, doing nothing and giving your roster a little more time to make the picture clearer isn't always the wrong decision, every week is precious and you shouldn't let too many of them tick by unnecessarily if you can help it. There are some tools you can use to e

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