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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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Colome was a candidate for the fifth spot in the team's rotation, at least until Matt Moore was able to return from Tommy John surgery. He's been able to put in work at the club's facility in the Domincan Republic, and manager Kevin Cash doesn't want to rule him out just yet. 

"Colome is getting his work in. We know that. We’ve had communication on that," Cash said. "As I’ve said the whole time, we’d like to have him here. I don’t think it’s fair to punish a guy for being held up, so he’s still very much a factor."

Colome, 26, posted a 2.66 ERA over 23 2/3 innings last year. 


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(10:21 pm ET) Red Sox infielder Dustin Pedroia is over last season's wrist injury, according to the Boston Herald

Pedroia got to prove that on Thursday, going 3 for 3 with a grand slam. Following the game, Pedroia told the media that his performance proves he's feeling good right now. "I knew I was back to normal in the offseason," he said. "Obviously I told you guys that, but you can only believe me if you see it. So there you go." 

The 31-year-old hit .278/.337/.376 over 551 at-bats last year. 


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Lagares missed the final two weeks of 2014 due to an elbow injury, but said he doing well now. "I feel great right now," Lagares said. "I feel 100 percent. I just want to take it easy -- not easy, but I don't want to throw everything I've got right now."

Lagares has had opportunities to throw out some base-runners this spring, but has erred on the side of caution. Manager Terry Collins said he's completely fine with that strategy. 

"He did it the right way and I'm real proud of him," Collins said. "He could have sent a message to everybody -- 'Look, I'm fine.' And he was smart enough to say, 'I'll worry about it in April.'"

Lagares, 25, hit .281/.321/.382 over 416 at-bats last year. 


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Manager Jeff Banister implied that all three players would make the team out of camp. That's not necessarily a surprise for Tolleson, who led the team in relief appearances last year, but both Feliz and Scheppers had been mentioned as fringe candidates thus far. 


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Myers not only has a lot to prove at the plate, but he also wants to show that he can handle his new defensive position. "Going into this year, I have a lot of doubters out there. I not only want to prove them wrong but prove to myself that I can play a good center field," Myers said.

He continued, "I've played a lot there in the minor leagues. And hearing everyone say, 'I don't think he can play center field,' is going to motivate me to play a great center field."

Manager Bud Black seems encouraged by Myers' defensive play thus far. "He's looking good, good angles, good routes, good hands, athletic," Black said. "His speed is fine. His strides look good tracking fly balls. He's an athletic guy. From what we've seen so far [it's been] all good."

The 24-year-old hit .222/.294/.320 over 325 at-bats last season. 


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(9:04 pm ET) Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly surrendered four earned runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings in his spring debut Thursday, striking out two and walking none.

"Stuff wasn't as crisp as it usually is," Kelly said after his outing. "88 mile fastball, don't think I've done that since I was 13. I know what I need to work on. ... I threw 44 pitches, will look to build up to 100 pitches. I'm not going to beat myself up. Will watch some video, work on things. ... Four-seam not as crisp as I would like. Just not there yet, but that will come. I threw all four pitches today, that's a plus."

Kelly said during the offseason that he planned on winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2015. He went 6-4 with a 4.20 ERA and 66:42 K:BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings between the Cardinals and Red Sox last season.


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(9:03 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Yoan Lopez will make his spring training debut this Saturday, according to MLB.com. 

The 21-year-old Cuban right-hander is competing for a spot in Arizona's rotation this spring. Lopez signed a deal that included a signing bonus of over $8 million. 


Twins' Michael Tonkin hoping to catch on with the club
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(9:03 pm ET) Twins pitcher Michael Tonkin is hoping to break camp on the 25-man roster, according to MLB.com.

Tonkin has been up and down the past two seasons, but is competing for a bullpen spot this spring. He has one option year left on his contract, but he's hoping he can break camp with the major-league club.

"It would be huge," Tonkin said. "It's a pretty important year for me. Just the business side of it, having just one option left. It's important to show them I can be a big leaguer. I feel like I'm ready."

Tonkin, 25, posted a 4.74 ERA over 19 innings last season. 


Black: Shawn Kelley 'brings talent' to Padres bullpen
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(8:56 pm ET) Padres pitcher Shawn Kelley was traded to San Diego this offseason, and manager Bud Black spoke Thursday about the talent and experience the lefty brings to the Padres bullpen, U-T San Diego reports.

"You've got some guys now who are starting to get some tenure, some experience, in (Dale) Thayer and (Nick) Vincent and (Kevin) Quackenbush," Black said. "Shawn brings a little bit of that service time, but more importantly, he brings talent. He's got a good arm, he's got a good, live fastball, he's got a good slider, he's pitched at the backend of bullpens, he's been around some good closers, he's been in good bullpens."

Kelley threw his slider 57.7 percent of the time last season, second among all qualified relievers, but has confidence throwing his pitches in any situation.

"I have no problem throwing both pitches (fastball and slider) of the plate, up and down to lefties," Kelley said. "I think with the advanced scouting reports and all the information we have, every lefty has at least one hole or two against a righty, and I feel like I have something I'm comfortable doing to match that. ... I'll do whatever I have to do to exploit a lefty's weakness."

Set to become a free agent after the season, Kelley went 3-6 with a 4.53 ERA and 67:20 K:BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings with the Yankees last season.


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by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:54 pm ET) The Diamondbacks were encouraged by Yasmany Tomas' play at third on Thursday, according to azcentral.com.

Tomas didn't make every play, but was able to convert on five of his six chances at the hot corner. Manager Chip Hale said the team was "encouraged" by what Tomas showed during the game. 

Hale also complimented Tomas at the plate, even though the infielder doesn't have a hit yet this spring. "He's much lighter on his feet than you would think he is," Hale said. "Even running down the line, he doesn't get hits every time but when he hits it, he hustles down the line and looks like he can get down there pretty good."

Tomas is attempting to win the third base job during camp. He's expected to open the year in the majors even if the team converts him back to the outfield. 


 
 
 
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