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MLB Barometer: Contingency Plans

Howard Bender

Howard Bender

Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over a decade on a variety of web sites. For more from him, you can find his personal musings on his blog or follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy. For questions, thoughts or comments you can email him at

It's like the calm before the storm. Just days away from the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline and we've heard a lot of rumblings but nothing more than that so far. But as we've seen in the past, the constant chatter is rarely all for naught. A flurry of activity is likely to take place, sending fantasy owners into a trade frenzy of their own as they scramble to counter any potential negative fallout that hits their teams. And as usual, one of the places where fantasy owners will get hit hardest is in the bullpen. If the chatter is any indication of what will be, then you need to prepare yourself as the closer carousel starts up again.

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