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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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2. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
3. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports
4. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
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

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2012 AL-only Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
139Carlos Pena, TB1B$2Adam Aizer
92Michael Morse, WAS1B$21Adam Aizer
4Miguel Cabrera, DET1B$40Adam Moore
114Ryan Howard, PHI1B$11Al Melchior
259Justin Smoak, SEA1B$1Dave Richard
60Mark Teixeira, NYY1B$29Dave Richard
234Daniel Murphy, NYM1B$4Jamey Eisenberg
16Joey Votto, CIN1B$31Jamey Eisenberg
215Adam Lind, TOR1B$4Jeff Lippman
5Adrian Gonzalez, BOS1B$30Jeff Lippman
230Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$3Jeff Tobin
3Albert Pujols, LAA1B$38Jeff Tobin
98Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$6Kevin Goodwin
22Prince Fielder, DET1B$33Kevin Goodwin
274Adam Dunn, CHW1B$1Michael Hurcomb
251Justin Morneau, MIN1B$2Michael Hurcomb
219Ike Davis, NYM1B$8Michael Hurcomb
151Gaby Sanchez, MIA1B$3Peter Madden
70Eric Hosmer, KC1B$23Peter Madden
130Paul Konerko, CHW1B$12Scott White
43Dan Uggla, ATL2B$17Adam Aizer
138Jemile Weeks, OAK2B$13Adam Moore
66Neil Walker, PIT2B$9Adam Moore
36Ben Zobrist, TB2B$22Al Melchior
116Chase Utley, PHI2B$12Dave Richard
256Omar Infante, MIA2B$1Ed Gauna
165Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$5Ed Gauna
227Jason Kipnis, CLE2B$3Jamey Eisenberg
156Kelly Johnson, TOR2B$8Jeff Lippman
54Dustin Ackley, SEA2B$10Jeff Lippman
30Ian Kinsler, TEX2B$29Jeff Tobin
29Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$13Kevin Goodwin
125Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$12Michael Hurcomb
166Aaron Hill, ARI2B$3Peter Madden
137Howard Kendrick, LAA2B$12Peter Madden
27Robinson Cano, NYY2B$33Peter Madden
273Gordon Beckham, CHW2B$1Scott White
8Dustin Pedroia, BOS2B$33Scott White
84Adrian Beltre, TEX3B$22Adam Aizer
222Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$1Adam Moore
67Alex Rodriguez, NYY3B$17Adam Moore
42Kevin Youkilis, BOS3B$18Adam Moore
275Edwin Encarnacion, TOR3B$1Al Melchior
95David Freese, STL3B$6Al Melchior
52Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$23Dave Richard
87Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$18Ed Gauna
76Michael Young, TEX3B$19Ed Gauna
72David Wright, NYM3B$29Ed Gauna
163Mat Gamel, MIL3B$5Jamey Eisenberg
132Mike Moustakas, KC3B$4Jamey Eisenberg
131Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE3B$1Jeff Lippman
89Mark Reynolds, BAL3B$10Jeff Tobin
117Ryan Roberts, ARI3B$9Kevin Goodwin
101Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$13Michael Hurcomb
207Chase Headley, SD3B$3Peter Madden
21Brett Lawrie, TOR3B$23Scott White
7Evan Longoria, TB3B$33Scott White
82Miguel Montero, ARIC$19Adam Aizer
23Mike Napoli, TEXC$21Adam Aizer
90Kurt Suzuki, OAKC$7Adam Moore
44J.P. Arencibia, TORC$12Adam Moore
119Devin Mesoraco, CINC$5Al Melchior
51Alex Avila, DETC$21Al Melchior
197A.J. Pierzynski, CHWC$1Dave Richard
12Carlos Santana, CLEC$27Dave Richard
55Matt Wieters, BALC$17Ed Gauna
38Brian McCann, ATLC$22Ed Gauna
238John Buck, MIAC$1Jamey Eisenberg
180Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOSC$1Jamey Eisenberg
167Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$3Jeff Lippman
115Salvador Perez, KCC$4Jeff Lippman
161Yadier Molina, STLC$6Jeff Tobin
58Joe Mauer, MINC$18Jeff Tobin
94Russell Martin, NYYC$12Kevin Goodwin
83Chris Iannetta, LAAC$3Kevin Goodwin
264Nick Hundley, SDC$1Michael Hurcomb
202Geovany Soto, CHCC$4Michael Hurcomb
155Ryan Doumit, MINC$4Peter Madden
77Buster Posey, SFC$15Peter Madden
81Wilson Ramos, WASC$8Scott White
57Jesus Montero, SEAC$15Scott White
184Billy Butler, KCDH$7Jeff Lippman
147David Ortiz, BOSDH$10Kevin Goodwin
223Cameron Maybin, SDOF$6Adam Aizer
195Lucas Duda, NYMOF$4Adam Aizer
177Carlos Beltran, STLOF$5Adam Aizer
65Matt Holliday, STLOF$21Adam Aizer
10Ryan Braun, MILOF$41Adam Aizer
228Josh Willingham, MINOF$2Adam Moore
210Vernon Wells, LAAOF$3Adam Moore
150Peter Bourjos, LAAOF$7Adam Moore
141Martin Prado, ATLOF$12Adam Moore
86Nelson Cruz, TEXOF$17Adam Moore
272Alex Presley, PITOF$1Al Melchior
260Alejandro De Aza, CHWOF$1Al Melchior
178Jason Heyward, ATLOF$9Al Melchior
106Shane Victorino, PHIOF$21Al Melchior
6Jose Bautista, TOROF$41Al Melchior
2Matt Kemp, LADOF$34Al Melchior
170Drew Stubbs, CINOF$9Dave Richard
164Austin Jackson, DETOF$9Dave Richard
153Matt Joyce, TBOF$8Dave Richard
142Adam Jones, BALOF$11Dave Richard
135Corey Hart, MILOF$14Dave Richard
47Bryce Harper, WASOF$2Dave Richard
263Ben Revere, MINOF$2Ed Gauna
248Alex Rios, CHWOF$2Ed Gauna
239Torii Hunter, LAAOF$2Ed Gauna
193Angel Pagan, SFOF$5Ed Gauna
50Lance Berkman, STLOF$16Ed Gauna
49Nick Markakis, BALOF$15Ed Gauna
149Brett Gardner, NYYOF$13Jamey Eisenberg
120Jay Bruce, CINOF$19Jamey Eisenberg
118Carl Crawford, BOSOF$14Jamey Eisenberg
108Yoenis Cespedes, OAKOF$3Jamey Eisenberg
96B.J. Upton, TBOF$15Jamey Eisenberg
24Curtis Granderson, NYYOF$32Jamey Eisenberg
237Mike Trout, LAAOF$3Jeff Lippman
203Jason Kubel, ARIOF$1Jeff Lippman
179Brandon Belt, SFOF$3Jeff Lippman
68Mike Stanton, MIAOF$22Jeff Lippman
14Hunter Pence, PHIOF$19Jeff Lippman
258Brennan Boesch, DETOF$2Jeff Tobin
257Ryan Raburn, DETOF$1Jeff Tobin
249Dayan Viciedo, CHWOF$1Jeff Tobin
205Yonder Alonso, SDOF$3Jeff Tobin
126Ichiro Suzuki, SEAOF$13Jeff Tobin
48Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$25Jeff Tobin
39Justin Upton, ARIOF$28Jeff Tobin
200Nick Swisher, NYYOF$3Kevin Goodwin
191Lorenzo Cain, KCOF$4Kevin Goodwin
190Jeff Francoeur, KCOF$7Kevin Goodwin
91Chris Young, ARIOF$14Kevin Goodwin
56Carlos Lee, HOUOF$3Kevin Goodwin
214Logan Morrison, MIAOF$6Michael Hurcomb
112Shin-Soo Choo, CLEOF$23Michael Hurcomb
53Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$35Michael Hurcomb
45Desmond Jennings, TBOF$20Michael Hurcomb
18Jacoby Ellsbury, BOSOF$34Michael Hurcomb
217Delmon Young, DETOF$5Peter Madden
208Andre Ethier, LADOF$5Peter Madden
162Coco Crisp, OAKOF$8Peter Madden
159Jayson Werth, WASOF$10Peter Madden
145Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$11Peter Madden
1Josh Hamilton, TEXOF$12Scott White
271Dexter Fowler, COLOF$2Scott White
266Jose Tabata, PITOF$1Scott White
254Melky Cabrera, SFOF$5Scott White
103Alex Gordon, KCOF$16Scott White
69Michael Bourn, ATLOF$20Scott White
240Shaun Marcum, MILP$4Adam Aizer
236Justin Masterson, CLEP$3Adam Aizer
218Brandon Morrow, TORP$4Adam Aizer
198Joel Hanrahan, PITP$4Adam Aizer
182J.J. Putz, ARIP$6Adam Aizer
169Chris Perez, CLEP$3Adam Aizer
146Mark Buehrle, MIAP$5Adam Aizer
109Gio Gonzalez, WASP$12Adam Aizer
35Brian Matusz, BALP$3Adam Aizer
252Max Scherzer, DETP$6Adam Moore
244Gavin Floyd, CHWP$1Adam Moore
233Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Adam Moore
181Bruce Chen, KCP$2Adam Moore
158Henderson Alvarez, TORP$3Adam Moore
129Andrew Bailey, BOSP$10Adam Moore
93Mariano Rivera, NYYP$13Adam Moore
40Jered Weaver, LAAP$26Adam Moore
11Roy Halladay, PHIP$35Adam Moore
270Kenley Jansen, LADP$2Al Melchior
269Vance Worley, PHIP$1Al Melchior
255Huston Street, SDP$3Al Melchior
245Jonathon Niese, NYMP$1Al Melchior
134Trevor Cahill, ARIP$6Al Melchior
113John Axford, MILP$15Al Melchior
104Josh Beckett, BOSP$14Al Melchior
78Zack Greinke, MILP$23Al Melchior
75Mat Latos, CINP$18Al Melchior
243Chris Sale, CHWP$1Dave Richard
232Tim Stauffer, SDP$1Dave Richard
221Chad Billingsley, LADP$1Dave Richard
188Jose Valverde, DETP$5Dave Richard
174Clay Buchholz, BOSP$6Dave Richard
172Ervin Santana, LAAP$10Dave Richard
111Brandon Beachy, ATLP$9Dave Richard
63Cole Hamels, PHIP$25Dave Richard
19Felix Hernandez, SEAP$26Dave Richard
189Carlos Marmol, CHCP$2Ed Gauna
176Matt Garza, CHCP$10Ed Gauna
173Sergio Santos, TORP$5Ed Gauna
136Tommy Hanson, ATLP$11Ed Gauna
133Adam Wainwright, STLP$15Ed Gauna
110John Danks, CHWP$4Ed Gauna
64Ian Kennedy, ARIP$20Ed Gauna
61James Shields, TBP$22Ed Gauna
13Joe Nathan, TEXP$8Ed Gauna
224Matt Capps, MINP$4Jamey Eisenberg
220Wandy Rodriguez, HOUP$3Jamey Eisenberg
209Doug Fister, DETP$3Jamey Eisenberg
196Anibal Sanchez, MIAP$5Jamey Eisenberg
192Derek Holland, TEXP$4Jamey Eisenberg
148Drew Storen, WASP$10Jamey Eisenberg
144Madison Bumgarner, SFP$16Jamey Eisenberg
88David Price, TBP$22Jamey Eisenberg
79Yovani Gallardo, MILP$22Jamey Eisenberg
226Johnny Cueto, CINP$3Jeff Lippman
213Kyle Farnsworth, TBP$3Jeff Lippman
211Jason Motte, STLP$6Jeff Lippman
124Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$11Jeff Lippman
107Jake Arrieta, BALP$1Jeff Lippman
102Yu Darvish, TEXP$16Jeff Lippman
71Stephen Strasburg, WASP$20Jeff Lippman
31Tim Lincecum, SFP$26Jeff Lippman
17Clayton Kershaw, LADP$33Jeff Lippman
253Brandon McCarthy, OAKP$2Jeff Tobin
241Bud Norris, HOUP$1Jeff Tobin
235Tim Hudson, ATLP$2Jeff Tobin
194Jair Jurrjens, ATLP$3Jeff Tobin
171Jaime Garcia, STLP$5Jeff Tobin
122Mike Minor, ATLP$5Jeff Tobin
99Michael Pineda, NYYP$16Jeff Tobin
59Matt Moore, TBP$17Jeff Tobin
25Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$20Jeff Tobin
206Jeremy Hellickson, TBP$4Kevin Goodwin
157Heath Bell, MIAP$13Kevin Goodwin
154Daniel Hudson, ARIP$13Kevin Goodwin
152Ryan Madson, CINP$10Kevin Goodwin
128Ubaldo Jimenez, CLEP$9Kevin Goodwin
121Dan Haren, LAAP$22Kevin Goodwin
80Jordan Walden, LAAP$7Kevin Goodwin
32Ivan Nova, NYYP$3Kevin Goodwin
28CC Sabathia, NYYP$27Kevin Goodwin
268Javy Guerra, LADP$1Michael Hurcomb
250Ryan Dempster, CHCP$1Michael Hurcomb
242Frank Francisco, NYMP$1Michael Hurcomb
231Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$1Michael Hurcomb
216Rafael Betancourt, COLP$4Michael Hurcomb
199Brian Wilson, SFP$11Michael Hurcomb
187Ricky Romero, TORP$10Michael Hurcomb
123Matt Cain, SFP$17Michael Hurcomb
100Jon Lester, BOSP$18Michael Hurcomb
267Matt Thornton, CHWP$1Peter Madden
262Jim Johnson, BALP$1Peter Madden
247Jeff Niemann, TBP$1Peter Madden
225Neftali Feliz, TEXP$3Peter Madden
204Joakim Soria, KCP$6Peter Madden
105Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$14Peter Madden
97Josh Johnson, MIAP$17Peter Madden
34Cliff Lee, PHIP$32Peter Madden
15Justin Verlander, DETP$35Peter Madden
276Addison Reed, CHWP$1Scott White
261Colby Lewis, TEXP$2Scott White
246Francisco Liriano, MINP$1Scott White
229Hiroki Kuroda, NYYP$2Scott White
201Brandon League, SEAP$3Scott White
185Cory Luebke, SDP$5Scott White
168Chris Carpenter, STLP$7Scott White
140C.J. Wilson, LAAP$14Scott White
62Brett Myers, HOUP$2Scott White
127Elvis Andrus, TEXSS$13Adam Aizer
74Marco Scutaro, COLSS$3Adam Aizer
33Dee Gordon, LADSS$11Adam Aizer
186Yunel Escobar, TORSS$4Adam Moore
265Alcides Escobar, KCSS$1Al Melchior
175Alexei Ramirez, CHWSS$3Al Melchior
143Jed Lowrie, HOUSS$2Dave Richard
37Jose Reyes, MIASS$28Dave Richard
160Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$10Ed Gauna
73Emilio Bonifacio, MIASS$16Jamey Eisenberg
46Starlin Castro, CHCSS$26Jeff Lippman
85Derek Jeter, NYYSS$9Jeff Tobin
212Erick Aybar, LAASS$11Kevin Goodwin
26J.J. Hardy, BALSS$5Kevin Goodwin
183Jhonny Peralta, DETSS$8Michael Hurcomb
20Hanley Ramirez, MIASS$29Michael Hurcomb
41Asdrubal Cabrera, CLESS$15Peter Madden
9Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$42Scott White

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Tigers' Dombrowski: Steven Moya 'relatively close' to making impact
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:31 pm ET) Tigers outfield prospect Steven Moya, who was the MVP of the Eastern League (Double-A) in 2014, is expected to open the season at Triple-A Toledo, per the Detroit Free Press.

"I don't know if I'd say we're buying time for Moya," Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said last week. "Probably when a guy as talented as Moya is ready, he'll make his way onto a team. I don't think we could absolutely say, trying to win a pennant, trying to win a world championship, you can count on him being 100 percent ready."

The 23-year-old Moya hit .276 with a .555 slugging percentage, .861 OPS, 33 doubles, 35 home runs and 105 RBI in 133 games last season at Double-A. He has a career .251/.444/.739 slash line over six minor-league seasons.

Moya also made a brief appearance in the majors last season, batting .375 (3 for 8) in 11 games.

"I think the development time will be good for him" Dombrowski said. "Could he come up and produce at some time during the year? Yes. He's relatively close."


Braves sign catcher Jesus Flores to minor-league contract
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:23 pm ET) The Braves signed catcher Jesus Flores to a minor-league contract Friday, which includes an invite to spring training, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Flores has not played in the majors since 2012 with the Nationals. He spent the 2014 season with the Royals' Triple-A affiliate at Omaha, batting .248 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 40 games.


Pirates sign Wilkin Castillo, Josh Wall to minor-league deals
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:18 pm ET) The Pirates have signed catcher Wilkin Castillo and pitcher Josh Wall to minor-league contracts, which include invites to spring training.

Rockies sign Betancourt, Quintanilla to minor-league deals
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:11 pm ET) The Rockies signed former closer Rafael Betancourt and infielder Omar Quintanilla to minor-league contracts Friday, per MLB.com. 

Quintanilla spent the last two seasons with the Mets, while Betancourt did not pitch in the majors in 2014 as he was working his way back from Tommy John surgery. He did pitch in the minors, going 2-0 with a 4.66 ERA.

"I have another chance," Betancourt said by phone from his offseason home in Orlando, Fla. "Compared to how it was last year or even when I was pitching in games, I feel a lot more normal now.

"When I threw for the Rockies last week, I threw all my pitches -- fastball, changeup and breaking ball. Last year, I didn't throw any breaking balls, because my arm felt weird. It's 16 months after surgery and everything is going well. I'm also happy the Rockies stuck with me; they have a new GM [Jeff Bridich] but still were there for me, and I appreciate that."


Ronald Belisario not likely to sign with Blue Jays
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:02 pm ET) Reliever Ronald Belisario is no longer likely to sign a contract with the Blue Jays, and it appears he will sign with another team, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Blue Jays sign veteran Ramon Santiago to minor-league deal
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:01 pm ET) The Blue Jays announced Friday they signed infielder Ramon Santiago to a minor-league contract, which includes an invite to spring training.

The 35-year-old Santiago has spent most of his 13-year MLB career in the AL. He spent his first season in the NL in 2014 with the Reds. He hit .246 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 75 games for Cincinnati last season.


Brewers designate Elian Herrera for assignment Friday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:59 pm ET) Brewers infielder/outfielder Elian Herrera was designated for assignment Friday to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for pitcher Neal Cotts.

Herrera hit .274 with no home runs, one triple, seven doubles and five RBI in 69 games for Milwaukee in 2014.


Red Sox's Workman preparing to compete for a spot in rotation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:52 pm ET) With the offseason acquisitions of Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson, Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman chances of making the opening-day rotation have significantly decreased. Workman knows his best chance of making the roster will be as a reliever, but he still expects to show up to spring training competing for a spot in the rotation, per ESPN.

“I’m going in there looking forward to competing, hopefully winning a spot,” Workman said. “I’d like to be in the rotation. I’m hoping I can win a job in the starting rotation but we’ll see how that goes. I’m doing everything I can right now to prepare for it and get ready to put myself in a good spot to compete for that job.” 

Workman struggled last season, going 1-10 with a 5.17 ERA in 19 appearances at the major-league level. Although, most of his struggles came as a starter. He went 1-9 with a 5.36 ERA in 15 starts, while going 0-1 with a 2.84 ERA in four relief appearances.

“My stuff kind of fell off at the end of last year,” Workman said. “I wasn’t bringing the same stuff to the table that I was at the beginning of the year and that made it tougher on me. But even with that, I feel like if I would have executed better I still would have been able to get the job done."


Brewers still interested in adding closer-type reliever
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:48 pm ET) Brewers assistant general Gord Ash said Friday the team is still in the market for a closer-type reliever, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He said the team would like to make a move before spring training opens.

Ash said Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon and free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez are in play for the Brewers.

However, there is no apparent interest in signing former Nationals closer Rafael Soriano, and Ash said former Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain doesn't fit their plans either.


Snider trade should free up at-bats for Pirates' Andrew Lambo
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:31 pm ET) Saving money wasn't the only motivation for the Pirates to trade outfielder Travis Snider to the Orioles earlier this week, according to Pittsburgh columnist Dejan Kovacevic. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington is eager to see what Andrew Lambo can do with 200-300 plate appearances at the MLB level, so trading Snider helped free up at-bats.

“I’m excited. I’m beyond excited for the opportunity,” Lambo said. “At the same time, I liked Travis. Everyone liked Travis. I know he was a big part of the team, a big part of the clubhouse and … well, I just have to be myself. I have to be the player, the person I am and show up every day to help the Pirates win. I’m grateful to be getting that chance.”

Lambo was sent to the minors last season after a rough spring training. He battled through a thumb injury, but once he returned to 100 percent, Lambo got on track offensively. He hit .328 with a .563 slugging percentage and .952 OPS in 61 games for Triple-A Indianapolis before he was back in the majors in late August.

“The way I look at it, I battled back, I came back,” he said. “I was there in Pittsburgh playing in games that mattered in front of full houses and against the Cardinals or Johnny Cueto, and I feel like I grew up there, like I matured.”

Lambo will now go to spring training looking to grab a bench spot as a fourth outfielder/backup first baseman.

“Honestly, this is the first time in my career I just relaxed, checked out a little bit," he said. "I was always running around the Arizona Fall League or winter ball and now … I don’t know, I feel like this has been good. I feel hungry. I want to get out there and prove … not to everybody but to my team that I can do the job. I can’t wait for that.”


 
 
 
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