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MLB Barometer: Breaking Bryce

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Director of Media for, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire's shows on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210).

Trade season is here.

Nine of my 14 leagues allow trading, and my general pattern each year includes a flurry of activity in June.

After two months of games, the needs of each team become clear, and owners become more willing to take chances. Whether itís punting a category, consolidating talent by flipping two or three players for one, or looking to upgrade multiple active lineup spots by selling an elite bat or arm for a package of players in return, the conversations about potential deals are more fruitful this time of year.

In rotisserie formats, itís critically important to assess players based on their potential impact in the standings for each category.

In all formats, itís critically important to assess the quality of the replacement players you will be using in the lineup (from the reserve list, or the waiver wire) after completing a trade.

Things that might seem like a no-brainer at a glance may be less impactful, or

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