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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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Reds' Brennan Boesch to see time at first base this spring
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:58 pm ET) Reds manager Bryan Price indicated Friday that outfielder Brennan Boesch would see time at all three outfield spots as well as at first base as he competes for a roster spot this spring, MLB.com reports.

"We already know he's a terrific player," Price said of Boesch, who has never played first base professionally. "He kind of got banged up and lost his way a little bit, but I think he feels -- and we feel -- that he's back on top of his game, and maybe his best days are ahead of him."

Boesch said he doesn't see the battle for a reserve outfield role as a "competition."

"I only care about the competition against the pitcher, and that's really as basic as I keep it," Boesch said. "You aren't competing against other players. We're all on the same side here. We're all wearing Red jerseys. Let the chips fall where they may."

Boesch struggled in limited time with the Angels in 2014 but hit .332/.381/.636 with 25 home runs, 85 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 374 at-bats with Triple-A Salt Lake.


Dodgers' Mattingly: Turner has 'put a lot of time in and it shows'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:44 pm ET) Dodgers infielder Justin Turner earned a nonroster invitation to the team's camp last year and ended up leading the team in batting average, and he's been working on his body like a fiend over the winter, MLB.com reports.

"Going into last year, we felt if he played every day, he'd get in trouble, and we found that out, but this year maybe he can handle more," manager Don Mattingly said Friday. "He's really been diligent about his work, been at Dodger Stadium almost daily. He's put a lot of time in and it shows."

Turner credited strength-and-conditioning coach Brandon McDaniel for his workout success.

"Brandon did everything. He's been a one-man wrecking crew," said Turner. "He and his family deserve the credit. I've been able to establish a routine and train consistently. Before I signed a year ago, I was on my own, going to 24 Hour Fitness, had to coordinate everything myself."

Turner added that he lost 18 pounds this winter through a healthier diet. Mattingly said that he intends to use the infielder at the corner-infield positions and also potentially up the middle.


Nationals' Matt Skole: 'I'm eating healthy and working hard'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:29 pm ET) Nationals first baseman Matt Skole missed most of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and struggled at the plate in 2014 but showed up to camp in better shape and will look to rebound in 2015, MLB.com reports.

"This offseason, I had a little more time to work on my body," Skole said. "I really got after it in the weight room. I ate right. I ate healthy. I think that was probably the biggest difference for me. I'm about the same weight as I was. I just leaned out a little bit. I'm eating healthy and working hard."

Skole worked with hitting coordinator Troy Gingrich for a month after the season and learned to keep his hands up in order to hit the ball consistently after having his hands too low during his down 2014 season.

"After taking a year off, it was more difficult than I thought it would be," the left-handed-swinging Skole said. "But coming back, I turned some corners, made some strides as far as getting to know myself as a player and know the things I need to fix. I think everything I did last year was a stepping stone for this year."

Skole hit .241/.352/.399 with 14 home runs and 68 RBI in 461 at-bats with Double-A Harrisburg last season.


Report: Dodgers sign center fielder Travis Witherspoon
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:22 pm ET) The Dodgers signed center fielder Travis Witherspoon to their organization, according to a report from Baseball America

Witherspoon has previously been in the Angels and Mariners organizations. In six years of minor-league ball, Witherspoon has posted a career batting average of .252 with 68 home runs. He hit a minor-league single-season best 15 home runs in 2014 with the Mariners' Single-A affiliate High Desert Mavericks. 


Phillies' Buchanan 'working on being a complete pitcher'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:11 pm ET) Phillies pitcher David Buchanan is "working on being a complete pitcher," manager Ryan Sandberg said, per the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The team's coaches spoke with Buchanan in the fall about command and pitch sequencing, executing bunts and thwarting would-be base-stealers, and Sandberg noted while examining the players that arrived early that the pitcher had taken the advice to heart.

"My biggest goal [this spring] is to show our front office and our coaches that I can throw the ball over the plate," Buchanan said. "That's one thing I had success with last year. I wasn't walking guys. I was throwing strikes, and that's what I'm known for. That's why I succeeded in the minor leagues; I was throwing strikes. So that's what I want to do this spring training, is continue to do that, pound the zone, force early contact and keep the ball on the ground."

Buchanan is scheduled to pitch the team's Grapefruit League opener Tuesday against the Yankees.


Giants' Bochy: Hunter Strickland 'needs to get a little smarter'
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:01 pm ET) Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland is ready to learn from his mistakes from the tail end of his 2014 season.

Starting strong once he was called up from Double-A Richmond, Strickland gave up six home runs in the postseason. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the remedy to put Strickland back on track is simple. 

"He needs to get a little smarter," Bochy said, per MLB.com.  

Strickland will be competing for a spot in the bullpen during spring training. His fastball is a strength, though it's a matter of his command improving on the mound. 

"The failures are what make guys better, I feel like," Strickland said. "I feel like they made me better. Just being in tune with yourself and knowing who you are and what you've got to do. In this game, you're not going to make it too far if you don't have confidence. If you don't believe in yourself, who else is going to believe in you?"


Mets' Nieuwenhuis, den Dekker competing for roster spot
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:00 pm ET) Mets left-handed hitters Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Matt den Dekker will be battling for one roster spot this spring, MLB.com reports.

While Nieuwenhuis is out of options, manager Terry Collins indicated that den Dekker has responded to the team's request that he reduce his strikeouts when sent to Triple-A last season.

"We'll just see how it translates this spring into what kind of an offensive player he can be," Collins said of den Dekker. "We know he's got the defensive skills."

Collins said that whichever outfielder shows the most promise will make the initial 25-man roster.

"He plays the game right. He's fearless," Collins said of Nieuwenhuis. "But right now, we've got to get some offense from one of those two guys. Which one of those two guys is going to be able to come off the bench as a pinch-hitter? The best closers in our division are all right-handed, so the left-handed hitter off that bench is going to be a big piece."


Stephen Strasburg wants to stay with Nationals
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:40 pm ET) Though Stephen Strasburg's agent Scott Boras denied a report that he wanted to be traded in January, the right-handed pitcher said himself that he wants to remain with the Nationals and has no issues with the organization. 

"I haven't said anything like that," Strasburg said in an interview with MLB.com. "I don't feel like that. You have to accept it because that's how the system works. It's like they pick up on any little thing and they twist it. Some people want to turn it to see how many clicks they can get on the webpage."

Strasburg is set to be the ace of a deep rotation that looks to be on of the best in baseball this coming season. With the Nationals winning their second divisional title in the past three seasons, Strasburg said he's happy with the organization. 

"It's the team that drafted me. I love the players here, I love D.C. Winning cures everything, that's for sure," Strasburg said. "I'm excited to be part of the resurgence so far. It's great to see the type of players we bring in here every year. The expectations keep going up and up. Hopefully, we can do big things this year."


Nationals sign pitcher Rich Hill to minor-league deal
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:26 pm ET) The Nationals signed pitcher Rich Hill to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, the team announced Friday night

Hill spent time with the Angels and Yankees in 2014 and posted a 3.38 ERA in 16 appearances. 

His career ERA is 4.72 over 10 years, which includes additional stops with the Cubs, Orioles, Red Sox and Indians. 


Tim Melville, Kyle Lobstein to start Monday and Tuesday for Tigers
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:18 pm ET) Tigers coach Brad Ausmus announced that pitchers Tim Melville and Kyle Lobstein, respectively, will get starts in upcoming games on Monday and Tuesday, according to MLB.com

Melville will start in an exhibition between the Tigers and college team Florida Southern. Lobstein will start in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles. 


 
 
 
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