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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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"It was like an out-of-body experience," he said Friday. "Just one of those oddity nights. I was sharp until I got into put-away counts, then it was brutal. Absolutely brutal."

Manager Walt Weiss isn't concerned about his appearance and thinks it was more of an aberration.

"There's been enough positive signs in spring to feel good about where he is," Weiss said. "But fact of the matter is, that stuff is always right around the corner. Not just him, but anybody."


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Ventura walked two and struck out four, while throwing 49 of his 88 pitches for strikes. He lowered his spring ERA to 5.14.

The Royals took Ventura from the game after the seventh, as reliever Jason Frasor made it one out further before giving up a hit. 

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"I think coming into it, we're counting on him to pitch some high-leverage innings," Roenicke said Friday. "He's going to be a huge part of that bullpen and what we do and how I match up the seventh and eighth inning. He's going to be important."

Smith has a 0.87 ERA in eight appearances this spring and posted a 3.70 ERA in 78 games last season.

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Lucroy was happy to finally be back on the field.

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"Throwing seven innings, that was probably a little bit further than I thought I'd go today with the pitch count," said Lackey, per MLB.com's Jennifer Langosch. "But they were pretty aggressive, and I was throwing a lot of strikes. It worked out pretty good."

Lackey had his catcher call the game as if it were a regular season game, and his performance indicates that he's ready for the season to begin.

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"I've been working hard," Martinez said through an interpreter to MLB.com. "Some of the outings haven't gone as good as I've wanted to, but I'm just trying to learn from that and get better every day."

Martinez is still focused on earning a starting spot.

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"I thought he threw the ball well. First pitch, Reimold was ready to go, but after that I thought Teaf did a nice job of mixing pitches just like he always does," manager Kevin Cash said.

Cash likes that Teaford can get out of nearly any situation that arises.

"He's been around enough that he's probably given up enough home runs and big hits so he knows how to handle it when he does deal with some adversity," said Cash. "I wouldn't have expected anything other than that from him. Just getting right back into the strike zone again."

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