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

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Blue Jays' Michael Saunders: 'No pain' day after surgery
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:57 pm ET) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders said Saturday that he's feeling no pain one day after undergoing knee surgery, the Toronto Sun reports.

"I feel great," Saunders said. "I couldn’t believe it when I woke up this morning and I was walking around just fine. I walked out of surgery just fine. I actually started doing some exercises today and just got checked out by the doctor and he was pleasantly surprised with what he saw. There’s not as much swelling as he originally thought. Everything is checking out so far and everything is good news. No pain. It feels like I banged my knee on a pole and it’s a tiny bit swollen."

Saunders suffered a torn meniscus while tracking a foul ball Wednesday, tripping over a sprinkler head and hearing a popping sound. After initially being told he could need to have the meniscus repaired, a procedure that carries a recovery time of three-to-five months, Saunders had the torn portion of the meniscus removed, which places him on track to return to action within six weeks. While the outfielder is excited to be back on the field in a much shorter time, he indicated he'll be cautious with his rehab.

"I’m going to miss some spring training but it could be a lot worse," Saunders said. "My ligaments are intact. For me this is the best-case scenario. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure I’m ready to go. I’d love to say that I’ll be ready opening day. That’s my goal. But we’re targeting more mid-April, on the safe side. At the end of the day I have to listen to my knee. It’s a long season. I’m going to get this right the first time and not rush back."


Athletics' Doolittle hoping to throw in a week or two
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:51 pm ET) Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle is hoping to be cleared to throw in a week or two, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Doolittle was able to participate in strength tests on Saturday, and the results were positive. He has not been cleared to throw just yet, but is hoping that will come shortly. Doolittle has been sidelined by a shoulder injury during the start of camp. 

The 28-year-old posted a 2.73 ERA over 62 2/3 innings last year. 


Rays release OF Josh Sale
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:49 pm ET) The Rays have released outfielder Josh Sale, Baseball America reports.

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.


Yankees' Cashman downplays Bailey's chances of making team
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:31 pm ET) 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.

Bailey posted a 3.77 ERA over 28 2/3 innings back in 2013. 


Hinch: Astros' Torreyes has 'earned every chance to get a look'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:59 pm ET) 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."

Torreyes will look for an opportunity to latch on as a utility player this spring. He's capable of seeing work at second base, shortstop and third base as well as in left field and center field.


Yoga has Twins' Trevor May 'much fresher than ever before'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:43 pm ET) 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
(8:34 pm ET) 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.


Report: Blue Jays sign Dayan Viciedo to minor-league deal
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:27 pm ET) The Blue Jays have signed outfielder Dayan Viciedo to a minor-league deal, FOXSports reports.

The White Sox designated Viciedo for assignment when the team signed Gordon Beckham and released him after he cleared waivers. Multiple teams reportedly had interest in the outfielder, who hit .231/.281/.405 with 21 home runs and 58 RBI in 523 at-bats last season.

The Blue Jays are dealing with an injury to left fielder Michael Saunders, but it was announced Friday that Saunders is only expected to miss up to six weeks after initially being thought to be out until the All-Star break. While Saunders is out, Viciedo could figure into the mix in left field if he makes the team's 25-man roster.


Giants' Madison Bumgarner to take the ball on Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:08 pm ET) Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner will take the ball when the team opens spring games on Tuesday, according to MLB.com.

While Bumgarner will start the game, he's only expected to throw one inning. "I'm looking forward to getting out there, facing some hitters and getting back into competition at game speed, playing baseball," Bumgarner said. "But right now, it's just about making sure you're ready to compete whenever the season starts."

Bumgarner is also expected to start for the team on opening day once the regular season begins. He posted a 2.98 ERA over 217 1/3 innings last year.


Christian Bergman motivated by Rockies' pitcher signings
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:04 pm ET) Rockies pitcher Christian Bergman chose not to feel slighted when the team added several rotation options this offseason, MLB.com reports.

"It motivates me in a sense, but when I achieve the goals that I want to achieve, that could go away," Bergman said Saturday. "Then you have to find new motivation. I like to motivate myself with more internal things than what other people say, because that changes -- day to day, even."

Bergman made three starts and four relief appearances during the Arizona Fall League, going 2-0 with a 4.34 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 18 2/3 innings, and chose to work on elements of his game against the quality competition.

"I worked on particularly my cutter and curveball, some basic stuff -- particularly getting back on top of the ball, getting everything going downhill," Bergman said.

Bergman, who missed two months last season due to a broken hand, went 3-5 with a 5.93 ERA and 31:10 K:BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings over 10 starts in 2014.


 
 
 
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