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The Long Game: The Noble Art of Roster Juggling

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.

The Noble Art of Roster Juggling

(I was going to talk this week about the best strategies to use when you've already decided to pack it in and play for next year, but frankly if you're in that position you've got nothing but time on your hands anyway and can wait until next column.)

For the most part, owners tend to spend their time worrying about the 23 (or so) players on their active roster, the guys actually contributing to the cause. You might take a peek once in a while to see if an injured player is close to returning, or if a top prospect is ready for a promotion, but for the most part the players on your bench just sit there until a hole opens up in your starting lineup that you need to plug.

This isn't necessarily a mistake per se, but in a competitive league you're passing up potential chances to gain an edge on the other owners if you're not constantly looking for ways to maximize the utility provided by the bottom of your roster and a

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