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

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Owens hadn't faced big league hitters since last spring training, and had something to prove. While Owens didn't have great fastball command during the session, his changeup was spot on. 

"Great deception, hard to pick up," catcher Ryan Hanigan said. "He got me on the changeup today because you can’t see the spin. It looks just like his fastball. That’s a huge advantage."

Pitching coach Juan Nieves agreed, but said he wasn't sure whether Owens was ready for the majors just yet. "Is anybody ready to come to the big leagues?" Nieves said. "I don’t know. We don’t know until they get there and experience the competition."

The 22-year-old Owens enters the year as the team's second-best prospect according to Baseball America. He posted a 2.94 ERA over two minor-league levels last year. 


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"I'm pretty confident he's going to bounce back," Melvin said. "He had a very good September. He had a lot of stuff going on last year. But everybody says he's a much happier person and everything. He's a good, athletic player that we need."

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Sale was suspended for use of performance-enhancing drugs in 2013 as well as for conduct detrimental to the team that same season. He received a 50-game suspension last August for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Before his most recent suspension, he hit .238/.313/.344 with four home runs and 46 RBI in 323 at-bats with high Class A Charlotte.


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(2/28/2015) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman downplayed reliever Andrew Bailey's chances of making the 25-man roster, according to the Journal News.

Bailey, 30, is attempting to come back from a shoulder injury. He has not pitched in the majors since 2013 due to the issue. While Bailey has been able to participate in bullpen sessions this spring, Cashman took a more realistic view of the situation. "It’s one of those things where, non-roster situation, it’s a flyer, and the odds are against it," Cashman said. "And it didn’t work out for us last year. But because of who he is, his makeup, his work ethic, all those things, it made it easier to say, 'All right, let's keep trying,'" he added. 

Cashman stressed that while things look good now, the team wants to see how Bailey will respond in game situations. Bailey, meanwhile, has been optimistic during camp, saying he feels like he's finally over his injury.

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Hinch: Astros' Torreyes has 'earned every chance to get a look'
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(2/28/2015) Astros infielder Ronald Torreyes checks in at about 5-foot-6 and 130 pounds, but his success at avoiding strikeouts has manager A.J. Hinch ready to give him a chance at showing what he can do this spring, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"You like to see these guys play," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He can look to our starting lineup at the top or hitting first or second and he’ll see a guy who is pretty successful who is not the biggest guy in the world. I see a unique size for this level, but the way he’s hit and the way he’s performed he’s earned every chance to get a look."

Torreyes was added to the team's 40-man roster in November after hitting .298/.345/.376 with two home runs, 46 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 460 at-bats with Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2014.

"He doesn’t look like a ballplayer because he’s little like me, but he’s a young bull," Astros second baseman Jose Altuve said. "He hits a lot and plays good defense. Last year they put him on the 40-man roster because he has a good chance to help us. There aren’t many players like him so skinny and little in the big leagues, so when you see him for the first time you say, 'You know he has to be good to be here.' Then when you see him hit you realize the organization has a good reason to give him this opportunity."

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Yoga has Twins' Trevor May 'much fresher than ever before'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Twins starting pitcher Trevor May has looked to improve flexibility coming into his competition for a rotation spot this spring by turning to yoga to help repeat his delivery, the Star Tribune reports.

"I’ve been doing yoga for 30 or 40 minutes every morning, and I’m much fresher than ever before," May said. "Every scouting report I’ve ever seen on myself says, 'Has trouble repeating his delivery.' Well, yoga is literally repeating moves, keeping your body under your control. I do the warrior pose, which is [the same as] striding and throwing a baseball. It has to help."

May initially struggled in his major-league debut last season, but he hopes the perseverance he showed and his improvements near the end of the season help set him apart in the battle for a rotation spot this spring.

"Obviously I don’t know exactly what the people who are making decisions are thinking, but showing I can be successful after having my face beat up for two months, showing I can work through it, it’s a trait you have to have," May said. "I take pride in the fact that I didn’t give up. I didn’t let it get me down."


Twins 1B Joe Mauer happy with 'normal' offseason
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was happy to have a "normal" offseason after dealing with concussion-like symptoms the previous year, MLB.com reports.

"I had a very productive offseason," Mauer said Saturday. "The last couple years I had a lot of things to deal with, especially last year with the concussion. I didn't really get a good base heading into the year. I feel great this year and I hope it stays that way."

Mauer believes that his vigorous stretching exercises this offseason will help keep him healthy in 2015.

"You have to pay attention to your body. I'm getting older," Mauer said. "I'm finding out what works and doesn't work. Trying to make adjustments."

Manager Paul Molitor indicated that he's noticed a difference in Mauer this spring.

"I think it means a lot for him," Molitor said. "I think coming back last year after what had happened the previous season, you always have those questions. He's got friends that have gone through it with Corey Koskie and Justin [Morneau]. We all know how validated our concern is over concussion issues. I'm sure there was a little hesitancy there. Like I said when I had a chance to visit with him this winter, he's excited to be back and not have to be concerned about those type of things."

Mauer endured a down offensive performance last season, hitting .277/.361/.371 with just four home runs in 455 at-bats.


 
 
 
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