MLB Barometer: The Bigger Picture
MLB Barometer: The Bigger Picture

This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.

If you're still reading this column each week, thanks for sticking with me deep into the season.

Hopefully, you're making your push toward a league title (or two), but even if it's not in the cards for this season, there is still plenty of information to gather as you begin the prep for a championship in 2019.

I wanted to take a step back and focus on a few bigger picture shifts in value that have resulted with recent promotions, position shifts, lineup adjustments, and swings in production.

The challenge I have had with this piece each week is writing about shifts in value with players that are not available as free agents in the overwhelming majority of leagues. Although, the more consistently actionable advice comes in the weekly FAAB/pickups articles that go up on Sundays.

With many leagues having a trade deadline approaching (if it hasn't passed already), this is one of the final in-season opportunities to consider major shifts in value with respect to improving your team immediately with a swap.

September callups are just around the corner, which will make things very complicated with injured players, and throughout rosters of non-contending MLB teams as they adjust roles to make evaluations of future pieces.

This week, we were fortunate enough to see another elite prospect get the call to the big leagues with the promotion of Michael Kopech to Chicago. We may have a few other promotions and waiver trades go down between now and next week's column,

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Derek VanRiper
Derek is the Director of Media for RotoWire.com, 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).
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