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The Long Game: Clowns To the Left ...

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 Long Game: Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers To The Right

Way back at the end of April I took a look at some ways to judge whether your team was truly a contender or not, even if it got off to a less-than-ideal start. Well, now it's three months later, and some of you out there are probably still on the fringes of contention, wondering whether you should go for it all or play for next year.

This late in the season, being mired in the middle of the standings can be an ugly spot to find yourself in. Depending on how active your league's trade market has been, most of the big prizes may have already been dealt. In AL- and NL-only leagues reinforcements could be on their way thanks to MLB's trade deadline, but there's no guarantee the players that get added to your talent pool will actually be useful to you.

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