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

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A's deal Josh Donaldson to Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) The Athletics have dealt third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays for third baseman Brett Lawrie and pitcher Kendall Graveman, according to FoxSports.com. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed the deal.

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. 

The 24-year-old Nolin posted a 3.43 ERA over three levels in the minors last season. He tossed one inning in the majors last season, giving up one run. The 18-year-old Barreto hit .311/.384/.481 over 328 at-bats in Class A ball. 


Athletics' Jeff Samardzija has not been informed of possible trade
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija has not been informed about a possible trade, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

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. 


Update: Athletics 'close' to making a deal
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) Update: The Athletics are close to making a deal, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Oakland is looking to acquire hitters in a possible deal. The initial rumor had pitcher Jeff Samardzija in a potential deal, but that may not be the case, according to FoxSports.com. First baseman Brandon Moss is also not included in a possible deal, according to MLB.com. The reports seem to indicate the A's are actively pursuing a deal, but the players involved are not known at this time. 


Report: Nationals' Ross Detwiler open to a trade
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler is open to a trade, according to The Washington Post

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(11/28/2014) The Nationals are one of several teams to have checked in on second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, according to The Washington Post

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(11/28/2014) Giants pitcher Juan Gutierrez has elected free agency.

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
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) The White Sox have signed speedy veteran outfielder Tony Campana to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

Campana spent brief periods of time with the Diamondbacks and Angels this season and managed just 14 hits in 75 at-bats.


Report: Nats, Doug Fister not making progress in extension talks
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) The Nationals made pitcher Doug Fister an extension offer in the spring after acquiring him in a trade with the Tigers. Both sides weren't able to agree to terms at the time. According to James Wagner of the Washington Post, both have not made any progress in extension talks "for months"

Fister is entering a contract year after going 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA in 25 starts. He'll make $7.2 million in 2015.


 
 
 
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