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

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Santana has been dealing with some shoulder discomfort, which has put his status for the remainder of the winter-league season in doubt. Santana is hoping to latch on with another major-league team after suffering a torn Achilles in June.

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The Mariners ranked last in the majors last season in on-base percentage (.260) from their No. 2 hitters. No other team was lower than .279.

Smith had a .367 OBP last season for San Diego, while Ruggiano had a .337 OBP in 81 games for the Cubs.


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“I took a more of an aggressive approach in the postseason,” Carpenter said, per STLBaseballWeekly.com. “Part of that was from the experience that I had gathered the year before. After a long season, going into the playoffs I felt like I wasn’t as prepared as I felt like I could’ve been. It kind of snowballed and my approach and the way I took the regular season at-bat in the postseason it wasn’t playing out well.”

Carpenter said his postseason success could have a positive impact on his power numbers in 2015.

"Certainly, I’m always going to be a guy who’s patient at the plate, but that was a good learning experience for me -- being aggressive," he said. "I don’t remember the exact numbers but out of the four home runs I hit, I think three of them were on the first pitch. That’s something typically I don’t do a lot of, and it was a good learning experience.”


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"Justin Verlander is as prime a pitcher as there is in the game of baseball," Dombrowski said, per the Detroit Free Press. "Last year, he was not the traditional Justin. But when you look at what he came back from with the surgery, I think he's going to go out and have a real big season for us."


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During the offseason, Napoli underwent facial reconstruction surgery to correct the condition, which was preventing him from getting a proper night of rest.

"It was a brutal process," Napoli said. "It was probably one of the worse things I've ever done."

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“Numbers-wise, it was all right,” Weaver said of his 2014 season (18-9, 3.59 ERA). “But from a personal standpoint, me being ultra-competitive, I want to get deeper in games.

“The bullpen helped me a lot last year. I just want to gain some strength. I went on a different weight-lifting program last year, and it’s been paying off. I’m going to stick with it.”

The average velocity of Weaver’s fastball dipped to a career-low 86.3 mph last season. However, he said the added weight gain is more for endurance than velocity on his fastball. He averaged just over six innings per start last season and has just one complete game over the last two seasons after throwing seven complete games in 2011-12.

“I don’t care about velocity -- I just want to be stronger for the whole nine innings,” Weaver said. “If velocity comes along, so be it. I think I’ve shown I can pitch from 83 to 93 mph.”


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(10:08 am ET) After being acquired by the Mariners at the trade deadline last season, outfielder Austin Jackson struggled to produce for the Mariners. In 54 games, Jackson hit .229 and Jackson said the trade affected his playing ability, reports The News Tribune.

"Not making excuses, but I think getting traded and trying to get used to the travel and the sleep - those things affect your play on the field," Jackson said.

By starting the season in Seattle, Jackson said he hopes to avoid the distractions from last season and he's looking to return to his old form.

"Hopefully, getting started here and staying here, those distractions won't be there," Jackson said.


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"I've been eating healthy, working real hard at the gym, Garcia said. "I have to be ready for spring training. I can't go there and be fat." With the weight loss, Garcia is hoping to keep his power potential. "I don't want to lose speed, I don't want to lose power," Garcia said. "I want to be in the middle. I know I can do a little bit of everything, so that's why I've been working really hard on speed, power, hitting and defense, so I can help my team win."

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by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:35 am ET) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler said he would love to return to the Royals later in his career, according to the Kansas City Star.

After spending the first eight seasons of his career in Kansas City, Butler signed a three-year deal with Oakland during the offseason. Though he left the Royals, Butler said there is no hard feelings. "It’s disappointing, but you understand that the game’s a business and I didn’t leave on bad terms," Butler said. "I’d be more than happy to come back. That’s home for me. I’ll always be forever tied to the Royals organization and the community there."

The 28-year-old hit .271/.323/.379 over 549 at-bats last year.


 
 
 
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