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MLB Barometer: Fading Starlin

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

In years past, this time of year was notorious for keeping fantasy owners riddled with anxiety. You've got the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of July and then the entire month of August is filled with the potential movement of higher-priced talent and pending free agents. Fantasy owners have their ears to the ground and their fingers on the waiver button, waiting in angst to hear that one of their players landed elsewhere and a series of moves would be needed so not to lose any ground in the standings.

Not this year though.

This season's trade deadline could very well be one of the most boring in recent history. The non-waiver deadline came and went with very little fanfare and while there were a number of players placed on waivers to open the month of August, we've seen very little action. The biggest move was Alex Rios heading over to Texas and even that deal has come and gone with a yawn.

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