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2012 Draft Prep: Mixed League 5x5 auction

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After branching out for the American League and National League auctions, we kept our 5x5 mixed-league auction in house. So as you might expect, the 12 participants more or less went by the book.

No player went more than $11 over his (admittedly conservative) projected auction value, and the two who went most over -- Starlin Castro and Troy Tulowitzki -- just so happen to play the thinnest position in Fantasy. So if you came hoping to see a bunch of reaches, better luck next time. Nobody did anything to make anybody fall out of his chair.

Perhaps that's a good thing. After all, if this auction is meant to serve as an example to the masses, it should be as middle-of-the-road as possible. But the danger in an auction that follows the projected values so closely is it might give you a false sense of security. Not every auction -- particularly not every mixed-league auction -- has the highest player go for only $42. In leagues where everyone subscribes to the studs-and-duds approach, the first-round types might all go off the board in the $45-50 range, which will of course lead to dwindling dollars later in the auction, thereby creating value picks.

Even with this more conservative approach, a few bargains stand out. The winners of Andre Ethier and Melky Cabrera (both $5) benefited from the lack of money in circulation late in the auction, as did the winners of Ricky Romero ($10), Anibal Sanchez ($5) and Jeremy Hellickson ($4). Brian Wilson ($11) isn't really $6 better than Jose Valverde ($5) or $7 better than Joel Hanrahan ($4). And Billy Butler going for $7 after Eric Hosmer went for $23 is just wacky. Of course, Josh Hamilton at $12 stands out as well, but for a different reason. He was the first player nominated, when everyone was still rubbing the sleep out of their eyes.

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5. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Adam Moore, Fantasy Writer
7. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
8. Kevin Goodwin, Fantasy Writer
9. Scott White, Fantasy Writer
10. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
11. Jeff Lippman, Fantasy Writer
12. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer

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
197A.J. Pierzynski, CHWC$1Dave Richard
166Aaron Hill, ARI2B$3Peter Madden
274Adam Dunn, CHW1B$1Michael Hurcomb
142Adam Jones, BALOF$11Dave Richard
215Adam Lind, TOR1B$4Jeff Lippman
133Adam Wainwright, STLP$15Ed Gauna
276Addison Reed, CHWP$1Scott White
84Adrian Beltre, TEX3B$22Adam Aizer
5Adrian Gonzalez, BOS1B$30Jeff Lippman
3Albert Pujols, LAA1B$38Jeff Tobin
265Alcides Escobar, KCSS$1Al Melchior
260Alejandro De Aza, CHWOF$1Al Melchior
51Alex Avila, DETC$21Al Melchior
103Alex Gordon, KCOF$16Scott White
272Alex Presley, PITOF$1Al Melchior
248Alex Rios, CHWOF$2Ed Gauna
67Alex Rodriguez, NYY3B$17Adam Moore
175Alexei Ramirez, CHWSS$3Al Melchior
208Andre Ethier, LADOF$5Peter Madden
129Andrew Bailey, BOSP$10Adam Moore
48Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$25Jeff Tobin
193Angel Pagan, SFOF$5Ed Gauna
196Anibal Sanchez, MIAP$5Jamey Eisenberg
101Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$13Michael Hurcomb
41Asdrubal Cabrera, CLESS$15Peter Madden
164Austin Jackson, DETOF$9Dave Richard
96B.J. Upton, TBOF$15Jamey Eisenberg
263Ben Revere, MINOF$2Ed Gauna
36Ben Zobrist, TB2B$22Al Melchior
184Billy Butler, KCDH$7Jeff Lippman
111Brandon Beachy, ATLP$9Dave Richard
179Brandon Belt, SFOF$3Jeff Lippman
201Brandon League, SEAP$3Scott White
253Brandon McCarthy, OAKP$2Jeff Tobin
218Brandon Morrow, TORP$4Adam Aizer
125Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$12Michael Hurcomb
258Brennan Boesch, DETOF$2Jeff Tobin
149Brett Gardner, NYYOF$13Jamey Eisenberg
21Brett Lawrie, TOR3B$23Scott White
62Brett Myers, HOUP$2Scott White
35Brian Matusz, BALP$3Adam Aizer
38Brian McCann, ATLC$22Ed Gauna
199Brian Wilson, SFP$11Michael Hurcomb
181Bruce Chen, KCP$2Adam Moore
47Bryce Harper, WASOF$2Dave Richard
241Bud Norris, HOUP$1Jeff Tobin
77Buster Posey, SFC$15Peter Madden
140C.J. Wilson, LAAP$14Scott White
223Cameron Maybin, SDOF$6Adam Aizer
118Carl Crawford, BOSOF$14Jamey Eisenberg
177Carlos Beltran, STLOF$5Adam Aizer
53Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$35Michael Hurcomb
56Carlos Lee, HOUOF$3Kevin Goodwin
189Carlos Marmol, CHCP$2Ed Gauna
139Carlos Pena, TB1B$2Adam Aizer
12Carlos Santana, CLEC$27Dave Richard
28CC Sabathia, NYYP$27Kevin Goodwin
221Chad Billingsley, LADP$1Dave Richard
207Chase Headley, SD3B$3Peter Madden
116Chase Utley, PHI2B$12Dave Richard
168Chris Carpenter, STLP$7Scott White
83Chris Iannetta, LAAC$3Kevin Goodwin
169Chris Perez, CLEP$3Adam Aizer
243Chris Sale, CHWP$1Dave Richard
91Chris Young, ARIOF$14Kevin Goodwin
174Clay Buchholz, BOSP$6Dave Richard
17Clayton Kershaw, LADP$33Jeff Lippman
34Cliff Lee, PHIP$32Peter Madden
162Coco Crisp, OAKOF$8Peter Madden
261Colby Lewis, TEXP$2Scott White
63Cole Hamels, PHIP$25Dave Richard
135Corey Hart, MILOF$14Dave Richard
185Cory Luebke, SDP$5Scott White
25Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$20Jeff Tobin
24Curtis Granderson, NYYOF$32Jamey Eisenberg
121Dan Haren, LAAP$22Kevin Goodwin
43Dan Uggla, ATL2B$17Adam Aizer
154Daniel Hudson, ARIP$13Kevin Goodwin
234Daniel Murphy, NYM1B$4Jamey Eisenberg
165Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$5Ed Gauna
95David Freese, STL3B$6Al Melchior
147David Ortiz, BOSDH$10Kevin Goodwin
88David Price, TBP$22Jamey Eisenberg
72David Wright, NYM3B$29Ed Gauna
249Dayan Viciedo, CHWOF$1Jeff Tobin
33Dee Gordon, LADSS$11Adam Aizer
217Delmon Young, DETOF$5Peter Madden
192Derek Holland, TEXP$4Jamey Eisenberg
85Derek Jeter, NYYSS$9Jeff Tobin
45Desmond Jennings, TBOF$20Michael Hurcomb
119Devin Mesoraco, CINC$5Al Melchior
271Dexter Fowler, COLOF$2Scott White
209Doug Fister, DETP$3Jamey Eisenberg
148Drew Storen, WASP$10Jamey Eisenberg
170Drew Stubbs, CINOF$9Dave Richard
54Dustin Ackley, SEA2B$10Jeff Lippman
8Dustin Pedroia, BOS2B$33Scott White
275Edwin Encarnacion, TOR3B$1Al Melchior
127Elvis Andrus, TEXSS$13Adam Aizer
73Emilio Bonifacio, MIASS$16Jamey Eisenberg
70Eric Hosmer, KC1B$23Peter Madden
212Erick Aybar, LAASS$11Kevin Goodwin
172Ervin Santana, LAAP$10Dave Richard
7Evan Longoria, TB3B$33Scott White
19Felix Hernandez, SEAP$26Dave Richard
246Francisco Liriano, MINP$1Scott White
242Frank Francisco, NYMP$1Michael Hurcomb
98Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$6Kevin Goodwin
151Gaby Sanchez, MIA1B$3Peter Madden
244Gavin Floyd, CHWP$1Adam Moore
202Geovany Soto, CHCC$4Michael Hurcomb
109Gio Gonzalez, WASP$12Adam Aizer
273Gordon Beckham, CHW2B$1Scott White
20Hanley Ramirez, MIASS$29Michael Hurcomb
157Heath Bell, MIAP$13Kevin Goodwin
158Henderson Alvarez, TORP$3Adam Moore
229Hiroki Kuroda, NYYP$2Scott White
137Howard Kendrick, LAA2B$12Peter Madden
14Hunter Pence, PHIOF$19Jeff Lippman
255Huston Street, SDP$3Al Melchior
64Ian Kennedy, ARIP$20Ed Gauna
30Ian Kinsler, TEX2B$29Jeff Tobin
126Ichiro Suzuki, SEAOF$13Jeff Tobin
219Ike Davis, NYM1B$8Michael Hurcomb
32Ivan Nova, NYYP$3Kevin Goodwin
26J.J. Hardy, BALSS$5Kevin Goodwin
182J.J. Putz, ARIP$6Adam Aizer
44J.P. Arencibia, TORC$12Adam Moore
18Jacoby Ellsbury, BOSOF$34Michael Hurcomb
171Jaime Garcia, STLP$5Jeff Tobin
194Jair Jurrjens, ATLP$3Jeff Tobin
107Jake Arrieta, BALP$1Jeff Lippman
61James Shields, TBP$22Ed Gauna
180Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOSC$1Jamey Eisenberg
178Jason Heyward, ATLOF$9Al Melchior
227Jason Kipnis, CLE2B$3Jamey Eisenberg
203Jason Kubel, ARIOF$1Jeff Lippman
211Jason Motte, STLP$6Jeff Lippman
268Javy Guerra, LADP$1Michael Hurcomb
120Jay Bruce, CINOF$19Jamey Eisenberg
159Jayson Werth, WASOF$10Peter Madden
143Jed Lowrie, HOUSS$2Dave Richard
190Jeff Francoeur, KCOF$7Kevin Goodwin
247Jeff Niemann, TBP$1Peter Madden
138Jemile Weeks, OAK2B$13Adam Moore
40Jered Weaver, LAAP$26Adam Moore
206Jeremy Hellickson, TBP$4Kevin Goodwin
57Jesus Montero, SEAC$15Scott White
183Jhonny Peralta, DETSS$8Michael Hurcomb
231Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$1Michael Hurcomb
262Jim Johnson, BALP$1Peter Madden
160Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$10Ed Gauna
204Joakim Soria, KCP$6Peter Madden
58Joe Mauer, MINC$18Jeff Tobin
13Joe Nathan, TEXP$8Ed Gauna
198Joel Hanrahan, PITP$4Adam Aizer
16Joey Votto, CIN1B$31Jamey Eisenberg
113John Axford, MILP$15Al Melchior
238John Buck, MIAC$1Jamey Eisenberg
110John Danks, CHWP$4Ed Gauna
226Johnny Cueto, CINP$3Jeff Lippman
100Jon Lester, BOSP$18Michael Hurcomb
167Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$3Jeff Lippman
105Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$14Peter Madden
245Jonathon Niese, NYMP$1Al Melchior
80Jordan Walden, LAAP$7Kevin Goodwin
124Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$11Jeff Lippman
6Jose Bautista, TOROF$41Al Melchior
37Jose Reyes, MIASS$28Dave Richard
266Jose Tabata, PITOF$1Scott White
188Jose Valverde, DETP$5Dave Richard
104Josh Beckett, BOSP$14Al Melchior
1Josh Hamilton, TEXOF$12Scott White
97Josh Johnson, MIAP$17Peter Madden
228Josh Willingham, MINOF$2Adam Moore
236Justin Masterson, CLEP$3Adam Aizer
251Justin Morneau, MIN1B$2Michael Hurcomb
259Justin Smoak, SEA1B$1Dave Richard
39Justin Upton, ARIOF$28Jeff Tobin
15Justin Verlander, DETP$35Peter Madden
156Kelly Johnson, TOR2B$8Jeff Lippman
270Kenley Jansen, LADP$2Al Melchior
42Kevin Youkilis, BOS3B$18Adam Moore
90Kurt Suzuki, OAKC$7Adam Moore
213Kyle Farnsworth, TBP$3Jeff Lippman
50Lance Berkman, STLOF$16Ed Gauna
214Logan Morrison, MIAOF$6Michael Hurcomb
131Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE3B$1Jeff Lippman
191Lorenzo Cain, KCOF$4Kevin Goodwin
195Lucas Duda, NYMOF$4Adam Aizer
144Madison Bumgarner, SFP$16Jamey Eisenberg
74Marco Scutaro, COLSS$3Adam Aizer
93Mariano Rivera, NYYP$13Adam Moore
146Mark Buehrle, MIAP$5Adam Aizer
89Mark Reynolds, BAL3B$10Jeff Tobin
60Mark Teixeira, NYY1B$29Dave Richard
141Martin Prado, ATLOF$12Adam Moore
163Mat Gamel, MIL3B$5Jamey Eisenberg
75Mat Latos, CINP$18Al Melchior
123Matt Cain, SFP$17Michael Hurcomb
224Matt Capps, MINP$4Jamey Eisenberg
176Matt Garza, CHCP$10Ed Gauna
65Matt Holliday, STLOF$21Adam Aizer
153Matt Joyce, TBOF$8Dave Richard
2Matt Kemp, LADOF$34Al Melchior
59Matt Moore, TBP$17Jeff Tobin
267Matt Thornton, CHWP$1Peter Madden
55Matt Wieters, BALC$17Ed Gauna
252Max Scherzer, DETP$6Adam Moore
254Melky Cabrera, SFOF$5Scott White
69Michael Bourn, ATLOF$20Scott White
145Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$11Peter Madden
92Michael Morse, WAS1B$21Adam Aizer
99Michael Pineda, NYYP$16Jeff Tobin
76Michael Young, TEX3B$19Ed Gauna
4Miguel Cabrera, DET1B$40Adam Moore
82Miguel Montero, ARIC$19Adam Aizer
122Mike Minor, ATLP$5Jeff Tobin
132Mike Moustakas, KC3B$4Jamey Eisenberg
23Mike Napoli, TEXC$21Adam Aizer
68Mike Stanton, MIAOF$22Jeff Lippman
237Mike Trout, LAAOF$3Jeff Lippman
225Neftali Feliz, TEXP$3Peter Madden
66Neil Walker, PIT2B$9Adam Moore
86Nelson Cruz, TEXOF$17Adam Moore
264Nick Hundley, SDC$1Michael Hurcomb
49Nick Markakis, BALOF$15Ed Gauna
200Nick Swisher, NYYOF$3Kevin Goodwin
256Omar Infante, MIA2B$1Ed Gauna
87Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$18Ed Gauna
230Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$3Jeff Tobin
130Paul Konerko, CHW1B$12Scott White
222Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$1Adam Moore
150Peter Bourjos, LAAOF$7Adam Moore
22Prince Fielder, DET1B$33Kevin Goodwin
216Rafael Betancourt, COLP$4Michael Hurcomb
29Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$13Kevin Goodwin
233Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Adam Moore
187Ricky Romero, TORP$10Michael Hurcomb
27Robinson Cano, NYY2B$33Peter Madden
11Roy Halladay, PHIP$35Adam Moore
94Russell Martin, NYYC$12Kevin Goodwin
10Ryan Braun, MILOF$41Adam Aizer
250Ryan Dempster, CHCP$1Michael Hurcomb
155Ryan Doumit, MINC$4Peter Madden
114Ryan Howard, PHI1B$11Al Melchior
152Ryan Madson, CINP$10Kevin Goodwin
257Ryan Raburn, DETOF$1Jeff Tobin
117Ryan Roberts, ARI3B$9Kevin Goodwin
52Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$23Dave Richard
115Salvador Perez, KCC$4Jeff Lippman
173Sergio Santos, TORP$5Ed Gauna
106Shane Victorino, PHIOF$21Al Melchior
240Shaun Marcum, MILP$4Adam Aizer
112Shin-Soo Choo, CLEOF$23Michael Hurcomb
46Starlin Castro, CHCSS$26Jeff Lippman
71Stephen Strasburg, WASP$20Jeff Lippman
235Tim Hudson, ATLP$2Jeff Tobin
31Tim Lincecum, SFP$26Jeff Lippman
232Tim Stauffer, SDP$1Dave Richard
136Tommy Hanson, ATLP$11Ed Gauna
239Torii Hunter, LAAOF$2Ed Gauna
134Trevor Cahill, ARIP$6Al Melchior
9Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$42Scott White
128Ubaldo Jimenez, CLEP$9Kevin Goodwin
269Vance Worley, PHIP$1Al Melchior
210Vernon Wells, LAAOF$3Adam Moore
220Wandy Rodriguez, HOUP$3Jamey Eisenberg
81Wilson Ramos, WASC$8Scott White
161Yadier Molina, STLC$6Jeff Tobin
108Yoenis Cespedes, OAKOF$3Jamey Eisenberg
205Yonder Alonso, SDOF$3Jeff Tobin
79Yovani Gallardo, MILP$22Jamey Eisenberg
102Yu Darvish, TEXP$16Jeff Lippman
186Yunel Escobar, TORSS$4Adam Moore
78Zack Greinke, MILP$23Al Melchior

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Rangers pitcher Nick Tepesch admits to pressing too hard last spring
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:41 am ET) Rangers pitcher Nick Tepesch is still pushing to earn a spot on the team's starting rotation this spring, but he knows he pushed a bit too hard last year, reports the Dallas Morning News.

"I was just trying to do a little too much," said Tepesch, who threw a scoreless inning on 14 pitches in Sunday's intrasquad game. "I was trying to make perfect pitches and staying who I am. Getting sent down allowed me to look at what made me successful and try to own those types of things. It was beneficial. I also now know that I can only control what I do. If I stay focused on that, pressure takes care of itself."


Tigers' Blaine Hardy hoping to reign in his accuracy in 2015
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Tigers pitcher Blaine Hardy is using this spring training to work on his control. Hardy struggled in 2014 with his control, walking 20 batters in 39 innings pitched.

"Last year I walked more people than I would've liked," he said to MLB.com. "That's definitely a learning point, learning the strike zone. It's a little bit different, a little bit smaller, but more consistent. With that being said, I felt like I had a good year, and hopefully I'll be able to come in and do the same thing with less walks."

Manager Brad Ausmus didn't think Hardy's season was as bad as people believe it was.

"I thought he did a good job for us, quite frankly," Ausmus said. "It kind of irks me a little bit when people want to split players' seasons up: Player X had a good year, but he really struggled in the second half. He still had a good year.

"Guys are going to struggle at some point in the season. It's probably more likely they struggle in the second half as they tire, but you can't discount what they did in the first half. Those games are just as important to win."


Rockies' Jhoulys Chacin faces hitters for first time Saturday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin is feeling good about his health so far in camp. Good enough, in fact, that the 27-year-old faced hitters Saturday for the first time this spring.

Sunday, Chacin said he was without pain.

"Today I feel normal -- not like before," Chacin said. "I threw everything and felt good. I need to get into games to really feel back to normal, like it did two years ago [14-10 with a 3.47 ERA in 31 starts]. I know I've got a long way to go. I don't know what my velocity was, but it'll come up a little."

Chacin injured his rotator cuff in the middle of last season, forcing him out of action for nearly half the season.


Indians P Gavin Floyd comes out of live BP session pain free
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Following his first live batting practice of spring training, Indians pitcher Gavin Floyd came away without any pain the elbow he broke last season.

With the Braves in 2014, Floyd fractured his elbow in a game against the Nationals on June 19. The injury required surgery, which ended his season. Sunday morning's batting practice marked the first time he'd thrown to a batter since that game. 

"It's just another step," Floyd said via MLB.com. "It's the first time I had a significant bullpen, cooled down for a little bit and then got back out there. I felt really good. I've just got to continue to make progress and build up strength. Usually, that's just by doing it over and over again, and using spring to do that."


White Sox's Gordon Beckham working at multiple infield positions
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Gordon Beckham's main goal this spring training is to win the White Sox's starting second baseman position. 

But for now, the White Sox are planning to use him at multiple positions in the infield during Cactus League play, according to MLB.com. This is somewhat new for Beckham, as he played second base during his first five-plus Major League seasons with the White Sox. 

Though Beckham is looking to earn the starting job at second base, he seems to be enjoying playing multiple spots so far. 

"I'm actually kind of enjoying running around," Beckham said. "I like popping around the infield. I know the coaches and the people making the decisions know I can play second base and know I can play it well. There has been an emphasis on them just telling me to get some work in other places."

Beckham actually played shortstop in college at the University of Georgia and played that position, as well as third base, after the White Sox traded him to the Angels. He was brought back to Chicago on a one-year deal. 

Beckham hit a single-season worse .226 for both the Angels and White Sox a season ago. 


Giants' Tim Lincecum to 'piggyback' starter this week
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy said pitcher Tim Lincecum will see a relief appearance early this week, according to MLB.com

Lincecum is generating rave reviews for his performance early on in spring training. However, he won't be getting a start this week. Bochy said Lincecum will "piggyback" either Madison Bumgarner (Tuesday), Jake Peavy (Wednesday), Ryan Vogelsong (Thursday) or Yusmeiro Petit (Friday) this week. 

This means Lincecum will come in and get a starter's workload in relief. 


Giants' Jake Peavy to start Wednesday for Giants
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Following Madison Bumgarner's exhibition start on Tuesday, the Giants will go with Jake Peavy to start Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Athletics, manager Bruce Bochy announced via MLB.com

Ryan Vogelsong will pitch Thursday against the Cubs and Yusmeiro Petit will go Friday against the Rangers. 


White Sox's Gordon Beckham working at multiple infield positions
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Gordon Beckham's main goal this spring training is to win the White Sox's  starting second baseman position. 

But for now, the White Sox are planning to use him at multiple positions in the infield during Cactus League play, according to MLB.com. This is somewhat new for Beckham, as he played second base during his first five-plus Major League seasons with the White Sox. 

Though Beckham is looking to earn the starting job at second base, he seems to be enjoying playing multiple spots so far. 

"I'm actually kind of enjoying running around," Beckham said. "I like popping around the infield. I know the coaches and the people making the decisions know I can play second base and know I can play it well. There has been an emphasis on them just telling me to get some work in other places."

Beckham actually played shortstop in college at the University of Georgia and played that position, as well as third base, after the White Sox traded him to the Angels. He was brought back to Chicago on a one-year deal. 

Beckham hit a single-season worse .226 for both the Angels and White Sox a season ago. 


Phillies pitcher Paul Clemens fighting for spot in bullpen
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Phillies pitcher Paul Clemens has been told he has a great arm. But Clemens, who posted a 5.51 ERA in 48 appearances with the Astros over the last two years, knows it'll take more than that.

"Some pitching coaches tell me how incredible my arm is and that I could play for a long time, so I think I've been showing some guys what I bring to the table," Clemens said. "I had a couple really good conversations with front office and some guys around here, so it's definitely motivating."

He wants to be able to pick out his spots better during spring training, knowing he has to impress as a non-roster invitee.

"Sometimes I think I get too overzealous with my fastball and I just pound it and pound it and pound it. So picking my spots more, being smarter. You can't really challenge guys at this level. Once in a while you've got to pick your spots, but you can't challenge too many guys, even the guys you don't really know their names as much. You've still got to pitch."


Athletics to ease Coco Crisp into action this spring
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Athletics manager Bob Melvin wants to take things slow with veteran outfielder Coco Crisp this spring, reports MLB.com.

"I'll probably hold him out the first few because I'm going to cut down on his workload," Melvin said Sunday.

Crisp, who is dealing with a case of pinkeye, was held out of an intrasquad scrimmage, even though he was able to take part in batting practice.


 
 
 
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