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The Long Game: Deadline Risers & Fallers

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.

With the July non-waiver trade deadline now in the books (or, given how skimpy it was, maybe just in the brochures) let's take a look at how the deals impacted the rosters of various clubs, and boosted or undercut the keeper values of some key players.

More specifically, I'm looking at the how the values of these players have changed with an eye towards next year's auction table in March. Obviously a lot can happen between now and then both to the players themselves and to the organizations around them, but knowing which way the arrow is pointing on their keeper value can matter in trade talks right now. Uncertainly and rapid change creates opportunity, and that rule applies in both directions. Where one Mike Olt owner might not recognize his improved outlook and trade him for too little, another might be able to sell him off at a premium to someone who overestimates how much that outlook has actually improved.

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