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2012 Draft Prep: American League 5x5 auction

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A 12-team, AL-only Rotisserie league is about as deep as it gets in Fantasy, and as you might expect, the bidding behavior changes as a result.

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Not a single player reached the $40 threshold in this auction. In fact, the elite players all went for less than you'd generally see in a mixed league. Did we get it backward? Not really. In mixed leagues, you can afford to take a studs-and-duds approach -- shelling out $45 and $50 for the best of the best and filling out the rest of your roster with $1 and $2 sleepers -- because you know that if those sleepers don't pan out, you'll still find plenty of fallback options on the waiver wire.

But in a league this deep, there are no fallback options. What you draft is what you get, which means you're better off not taking so many chances. The more evenly you spread your money, the better you'll be able to survive whatever misfortunes come your way over the 162-game grind.

As usual, the dollar values here don't necessarily match up with the rankings. Timing and shortages (either at a position or within a category) explain why Brett Gardner went for $28 while Josh Hamilton only went for only $24. In general, steals were in short supply in this auction, leading to inflated price tags for players like Gardner, B.J. Upton ($30), Alejandro De Aza ($17) and Ben Revere ($13).

Scoring for Batting Categories

BA - Batting Average
HR - Home Runs
R - Runs
RBI - Runs Batted In
SB - Stolen Bases

Pitching Categories

ERA - Earned Run Average
K - Strikeouts (Pitcher)
S - Saves
W - Wins
WHIP - Walks + Hits / Inning

The owners ...

1. Tom Kephart, Baseball HQ
2. Mike Gianella, Patton & Co.
3. Jeff Boggis, FantasySportsEmpires.com
4. Al Melchior, CBSSports.com
5. Scott Pianowski, Yahoo! Sports
6. Jamey Eisenberg, CBSSports.com
7. Scott White, CBSSports.com
8. Ryan Carey, Mastersball.com
9. Grey Albright and Rudy Gamble, Razzball
10. Derek Carty, Baseball Prospectus
11. Mike Kuchera, FanDuel.com
12. Dean Peterson, Stats LLC

Editor's note: Utilize the sortable functionality to get a sense of the auction. View by team, dollar amount and position.

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2012 AL-only Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
3Miguel Cabrera, DET1B$39Baseball HQ
2Albert Pujols, LAA1B$39FanDuel.com
13Jose Bautista, TOROF$38CBSSports.com (Melchior)
14Curtis Granderson, NYYOF$36CBSSports.com (Melchior)
11Adrian Gonzalez, BOS1B$36Yahoo! Sports
10Jacoby Ellsbury, BOSOF$35Patton & Co
4Robinson Cano, NYY2B$33Mastersball.com
16Evan Longoria, TB3B$33Razzball
20Dustin Pedroia, BOS2B$32CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
18Prince Fielder, DET1B$31CBSSports.com (White)
37B.J. Upton, TBOF$30Baseball HQ
9Justin Verlander, DETP$30CBSSports.com (Melchior)
53Brett Lawrie, TOR3B$30Fantasy Sports Empires.com
62Adrian Beltre, TEX3B$30Yahoo! Sports
78Adam Jones, BALOF$29Baseball HQ
23Mark Teixeira, NYY1B$29Yahoo! Sports
61Brett Gardner, NYYOF$28Fantasy Sports Empires.com
29Eric Hosmer, KC1B$28Fantasy Sports Empires.com
21Jered Weaver, LAAP$28Fantasy Sports Empires.com
22Ian Kinsler, TEX2B$28Stats LLC
41Carlos Santana, CLEC$27Mastersball.com
64Matt Wieters, BALC$26Baseball HQ
34David Price, TBP$26CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
46Desmond Jennings, TBOF$26Stats LLC
49Shin-Soo Choo, CLEOF$25CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
47Elvis Andrus, TEXSS$25Mastersball.com
28Felix Hernandez, SEAP$25Mastersball.com
33Dan Haren, LAAP$25Patton & Co
26Nelson Cruz, TEXOF$25Stats LLC
30Ben Zobrist, TB2B$24CBSSports.com (White)
42Alex Rodriguez, NYY3B$24FanDuel.com
6Josh Hamilton, TEXOF$24Patton & Co
1CC Sabathia, NYYP$24Yahoo! Sports
57Ichiro Suzuki, SEAOF$23Baseball Prospectus
70Alex Gordon, KCOF$23CBSSports.com (White)
5Carl Crawford, BOSOF$23Patton & Co
51Jon Lester, BOSP$22FanDuel.com
45Asdrubal Cabrera, CLESS$22Fantasy Sports Empires.com
81Michael Young, TEX3B$22Mastersball.com
38Howard Kendrick, LAA2B$22Patton & Co
50Mariano Rivera, NYYP$21Baseball Prospectus
27Mike Napoli, TEXC$21Baseball Prospectus
44James Shields, TBP$21CBSSports.com (White)
89Ricky Romero, TORP$21Fantasy Sports Empires.com
147Brennan Boesch, DETOF$21Mastersball.com
56Paul Konerko, CHW1B$21Patton & Co
25Alexei Ramirez, CHWSS$21Razzball
54Kevin Youkilis, BOS3B$20Baseball HQ
66Delmon Young, DETOF$20CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
74C.J. Wilson, LAAP$20CBSSports.com (White)
77Nick Swisher, NYYOF$20Razzball
135Peter Bourjos, LAAOF$19Baseball HQ
91Erick Aybar, LAASS$19CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
110Alex Avila, DETC$19Fantasy Sports Empires.com
7Sergio Santos, TORP$19Fantasy Sports Empires.com
75Jose Valverde, DETP$19Mastersball.com
105Nick Markakis, BALOF$19Razzball
97Mark Reynolds, BAL3B$19Razzball
43Jordan Walden, LAAP$19Stats LLC
76Jeff Francoeur, KCOF$19Yahoo! Sports
35Billy Butler, KCDH$19Yahoo! Sports
69Derek Jeter, NYYSS$18Baseball Prospectus
65Brandon Morrow, TORP$18CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
80Joakim Soria, KCP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
68Michael Pineda, NYYP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
93J.J. Hardy, BALSS$18CBSSports.com (White)
88Jesus Montero, SEAC$18CBSSports.com (White)
8Yu Darvish, TEXP$18FanDuel.com
106David Ortiz, BOSDH$18Fantasy Sports Empires.com
17Matt Moore, TBP$17Baseball HQ
58Coco Crisp, OAKOF$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
31Dustin Ackley, SEA2B$17CBSSports.com (White)
145Alejandro De Aza, CHWOF$17FanDuel.com
63Josh Beckett, BOSP$17FanDuel.com
72Joe Nathan, TEXP$17Fantasy Sports Empires.com
73Ubaldo Jimenez, CLEP$17Stats LLC
12Andrew Bailey, BOSP$17Stats LLC
67Austin Jackson, DETOF$17Yahoo! Sports
113Josh Willingham, MINOF$16Baseball HQ
116Max Scherzer, DETP$16Baseball Prospectus
109Adam Lind, TOR1B$16CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
84Brandon League, SEAP$16CBSSports.com (White)
108Torii Hunter, LAAOF$16Fantasy Sports Empires.com
85Alex Rios, CHWOF$16Mastersball.com
15Joe Mauer, MINC$16Patton & Co
129Matt Joyce, TBOF$16Stats LLC
82Jhonny Peralta, DETSS$15Baseball HQ
99Kyle Farnsworth, TBP$15Baseball Prospectus
102Mike Moustakas, KC3B$15CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
100Derek Holland, TEXP$15CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
94Yunel Escobar, TORSS$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
60Kelly Johnson, TOR2B$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
40Jason Kipnis, CLE2B$15Patton & Co
32Jemile Weeks, OAK2B$15Patton & Co
125Scott Baker, MINP$14Baseball HQ
214Mike Carp, SEA1B$14Baseball Prospectus
164Colby Lewis, TEXP$14Baseball Prospectus
149John Danks, CHWP$14Baseball Prospectus
124Edwin Encarnacion, TOR3B$14Baseball Prospectus
87Chris Perez, CLEP$14CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
163Dayan Viciedo, CHWOF$14CBSSports.com (White)
92Ervin Santana, LAAP$14CBSSports.com (White)
119Denard Span, MINOF$14FanDuel.com
59Ryan Doumit, MINC$14FanDuel.com
90Neftali Feliz, TEXP$14Stats LLC
86Jeremy Hellickson, TBP$14Yahoo! Sports
114Doug Fister, DETP$13CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
103Ben Revere, MINOF$13CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
107Matt Thornton, CHWP$13FanDuel.com
98Brandon McCarthy, OAKP$13Mastersball.com
96Matt Capps, MINP$13Mastersball.com
161Yoenis Cespedes, OAKOF$13Razzball
123Justin Masterson, CLEP$13Razzball
83Michael Brantley, CLEOF$13Razzball
95Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOSC$12FanDuel.com
130Colby Rasmus, TOROF$12Patton & Co
131Chris Sale, CHWP$12Razzball
104Jim Johnson, BALP$12Razzball
157J.P. Arencibia, TORC$12Stats LLC
118Alcides Escobar, KCSS$12Stats LLC
112Lorenzo Cain, KCOF$12Yahoo! Sports
122Adam Dunn, CHW1B$11Baseball Prospectus
36Ryan Raburn, DETOF$11Baseball Prospectus
159Russell Martin, NYYC$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
121Carlos Pena, TB1B$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
111Clay Buchholz, BOSP$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
134Daniel Bard, BOSP$11FanDuel.com
160Justin Smoak, SEA1B$11Stats LLC
144Brent Morel, CHW3B$11Stats LLC
140Chris Davis, BAL1B$10FanDuel.com
137Hiroki Kuroda, NYYP$10FanDuel.com
136Cliff Pennington, OAKSS$10Patton & Co
132Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE3B$10Patton & Co
101Francisco Liriano, MINP$10Yahoo! Sports
128Kurt Suzuki, OAKC$9Baseball HQ
153Mitch Moreland, TEX1B$9Baseball Prospectus
120Sean Rodriguez, TBSS$9CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
196Jamey Carroll, MIN2B$9FanDuel.com
150Henderson Alvarez, TORP$9Mastersball.com
139Jonathan Sanchez, KCP$9Mastersball.com
177Alexi Casilla, MIN2B$9Razzball
162Chris Iannetta, LAAC$9Razzball
117Kendrys Morales, LAA1B$9Stats LLC
48Gordon Beckham, CHW2B$9Stats LLC
178Nolan Reimold, BALOF$9Yahoo! Sports
166Gavin Floyd, CHWP$8Baseball Prospectus
24Johnny Giavotella, KC2B$8Baseball Prospectus
79Matt Harrison, TEXP$8CBSSports.com (Melchior)
71Grady Sizemore, CLEOF$8FanDuel.com
142Vernon Wells, LAAOF$8Patton & Co
171Jake Peavy, CHWP$8Razzball
165Eric Thames, TOROF$8Razzball
126Ivan Nova, NYYP$8Razzball
127Mike Aviles, BOS3B$8Yahoo! Sports
194Jason Vargas, SEAP$7Baseball Prospectus
154Miguel Olivo, SEAC$7Baseball Prospectus
133Phil Hughes, NYYP$7CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
189Eduardo Nunez, NYYSS$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
208Danny Valencia, MIN3B$7CBSSports.com (White)
158Addison Reed, CHWP$7CBSSports.com (White)
52Mark Trumbo, LAA1B$7Mastersball.com
213Brendan Ryan, SEASS$7Razzball
39Justin Morneau, MIN1B$7Razzball
55Mike Trout, LAAOF$7Stats LLC
151Franklin Gutierrez, SEAOF$7Yahoo! Sports
180Josh Reddick, OAKOF$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
156Seth Smith, OAKOF$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
168Jeff Niemann, TBP$6CBSSports.com (White)
172Trevor Plouffe, MINSS$6FanDuel.com
167Luke Hochevar, KCP$6Patton & Co
170Brian Fuentes, OAKP$6Razzball
216Zach Britton, BALP$6Stats LLC
183A.J. Pierzynski, CHWC$6Yahoo! Sports
202Grant Balfour, OAKP$5Baseball Prospectus
190David Murphy, TEXOF$5Baseball Prospectus
174Wade Davis, TBP$5CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
169Salvador Perez, KCC$5CBSSports.com (White)
115Rajai Davis, TOROF$5CBSSports.com (White)
141Chone Figgins, SEA3B$5Mastersball.com
188Philip Humber, CHWP$5Patton & Co
155Casey Kotchman, CLE1B$5Patton & Co
212David Robertson, NYYP$5Razzball
176Travis Snider, TOROF$5Stats LLC
227Raul Ibanez, NYYOF$4Baseball HQ
217Scott Sizemore, OAK3B$4Baseball HQ
182Josh Tomlin, CLEP$4Baseball Prospectus
152Brent Lillibridge, CHWOF$4Baseball Prospectus
138Bobby Abreu, LAAOF$4Baseball Prospectus
195Yorvit Torrealba, TEXC$4CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
221Brian Matusz, BALP$4FanDuel.com
191Rick Porcello, DETP$4FanDuel.com
181Brian Roberts, BAL2B$4FanDuel.com
200Alexi Ogando, TEXP$4Mastersball.com
184Brad Peacock, OAKP$4Razzball
143Alberto Callaspo, LAA3B$4Razzball
173Felipe Paulino, KCP$4Stats LLC
247Francisco Cordero, TORP$4Yahoo! Sports
193Maicer Izturis, LAA2B$4Yahoo! Sports
236Ramon Santiago, DET2B$3Baseball HQ
225Luke Scott, TBOF$3Baseball Prospectus
19Wilson Betemit, BAL3B$3CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
244Andy Dirks, DETOF$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
148Wei-Yin Chen, BALP$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
241Leonys Martin, TEXOF$3CBSSports.com (White)
206Bartolo Colon, OAKP$3CBSSports.com (White)
198Ryan Sweeney, BOSOF$3CBSSports.com (White)
230Craig Gentry, TEXOF$3Mastersball.com
201Jose Molina, TBC$3Razzball
185Aaron Crow, KCP$3Razzball
211Jarrod Parker, OAKP$3Stats LLC
204Tyler Flowers, CHWC$3Stats LLC
187Fautino De Los Santos, OAKP$3Stats LLC
234Jacob Turner, DETP$2Baseball HQ
232Cody Ross, BOSOF$2Baseball HQ
229Mike Adams, TEXP$2Baseball HQ
215Joaquin Benoit, DETP$2Baseball HQ
209Danny Duffy, KCP$2Baseball HQ
175Kevin Slowey, CLEP$2Baseball HQ
228Jesse Crain, CHWP$2CBSSports.com (Melchior)
219Brett Cecil, TORP$2CBSSports.com (White)
207Hideki Matsui, OAKOF$2Fantasy Sports Empires.com
203Chris Getz, KC2B$2Fantasy Sports Empires.com
252Jeff Keppinger, TB2B$2Mastersball.com
146Carl Pavano, MINP$2Mastersball.com
210Kyle Seager, SEA3B$2Stats LLC
240Robert Andino, BAL2B$2Yahoo! Sports
224Mark Melancon, BOSP$2Yahoo! Sports
223Joey Devine, OAKP$2Yahoo! Sports
218Alfredo Aceves, BOSP$2Yahoo! Sports
179Bruce Chen, KCP$2Yahoo! Sports
259Nick Punto, BOS2B$1Baseball HQ
245Hisanori Takahashi, LAAP$1Baseball HQ
205Freddy Garcia, NYYP$1Baseball HQ
267Don Kelly, DETOF$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
263Tsuyoshi Wada, BALP$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
256Manny Ramirez, OAKDH$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
249Hisashi Iwakuma, SEAP$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
222Andruw Jones, NYYOF$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
186Kelly Shoppach, BOSC$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
262Casper Wells, SEAOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
255Jason Marquis, MINP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
248Jack Hannahan, CLE3B$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
239Lou Marson, CLEC$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
220Scott Downs, LAAP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
242Dallas Braden, OAKP$1CBSSports.com (White)
233Chris Parmelee, MIN1B$1CBSSports.com (White)
199Travis Hafner, CLEDH$1CBSSports.com (White)
258Vladimir Guerrero, BALDH$1FanDuel.com
251Trayvon Robinson, SEAOF$1FanDuel.com
235Hector Noesi, SEAP$1FanDuel.com
226Jonny Gomes, OAKOF$1FanDuel.com
276Fausto Carmona, CLEP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
275Nick Blackburn, MINP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
274Brian Duensing, MINP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
273Magglio Ordonez, DETOF$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
272Brandon Inge, DET3B$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
270Julio Borbon, TEXOF$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
266Yuniesky Betancourt, KCSS$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
261Ronny Paulino, BALC$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
254Brett Anderson, OAKP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
238Tommy Milone, OAKP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
268Sam Fuld, TBOF$1Mastersball.com
264Endy Chavez, BALOF$1Mastersball.com
257Ryan Lavarnway, BOSC$1Mastersball.com
250Vinnie Pestano, CLEP$1Mastersball.com
243Matt LaPorta, CLE1B$1Mastersball.com
271Greg Holland, KCP$1Patton & Co
269Joel Peralta, TBP$1Patton & Co
265Glen Perkins, MINP$1Patton & Co
260Jake Arrieta, BALP$1Patton & Co
253Hank Conger, LAAC$1Patton & Co
246Jonathan Broxton, KCP$1Patton & Co
237Derek Lowe, CLEP$1Patton & Co
192Jason Hammel, BALP$1Stats LLC
231John Jaso, SEAC$1Yahoo! Sports
197Octavio Dotel, DETP$1Yahoo! Sports

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by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:46 am ET) The Athletics are talking to the Braves about outfielder Justin Upton and catcher Evan Gattis, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Oakland was involved in a shocking deal on Friday, and it doesn't appear the club is done making deals just yet. Upton is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.342/.491 over 566 at-bats. The 27-year-old is entering the final year of his contract.

Gattis hit .263/.317/.493 over 369 at-bats. He was hindered by a back injury over the second half of the year. Gattis won't be a free-agent until 2019.


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Pitcher Sean Nolin and shortstop Franklin Barreto are also heading to Oakland, according to Yahoo! The 28-year-old Donaldson is entering his first year of arbitration. He's under team control until 2019. Lawrie is also entering his first year of arbitration, but will become a free-agent in 2018. Lawrie is entering his age-25 season. Graveman sky-rocketed through Toronto's farm system last year, jumping multiple levels. The 23-year-old posted a 1.83 ERA in 27 starts over four levels. He made his major-league debut as well, coming out of the bullpen five times at the end of the year. 

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Athletics' Jeff Samardzija has not been informed of possible trade
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There was an earlier report suggesting Samardzija was involved in a deal, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Samardzija is a high profile player, and likely would have been contacted by the team if a deal was close. Oakland is said to be working on something, but it's unclear which players are involved. 


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Gutierrez was designated for assignment by the club on November 20. The team attempted to send him to the minors, but Gutierrez rejected the assignment, becoming a free-agent. He's now free to sign with any club. Gutierrez posted a 3.96 ERA over 63 2/3 innings last season. 


Marlins will consider using Aaron Crow as a starter
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RHP Belisario opts for free agency after assigned by White Sox
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(11/28/2014) Reliever Ronald Belisario has chosen free agency over a minor league assignment from the White Sox.

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White Sox sign OF Tony Campana
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(11/28/2014) The White Sox have signed speedy veteran outfielder Tony Campana to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

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