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

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Player News
SP Chris Tillman nearly goes the distance in Orioles victory
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(10:20 pm ET) Chris Tillman was one out from pitching a complete-game shutout, but had to settle for a victory as he was dominant for the Orioles in a 2-0 win over the Braves on Wednesday. 

Tillman threw 95 pitches and allowed four hits -- only one of which was an extra-base hit -- while walking none and striking out two. 

Tillman has now won six straight decisions over a stretch from June 5 that has seen him raise his record to 8-7 and lower his ERA from 5.94 to 4.35.


Rangers closing in on deal for Phillies' Cole Hamels
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:16 pm ET) The Rangers are on the verge of acquiring left-handed starter Cole Hamels from the Phillies, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. 

Hamels as been the source of many trade rumors over the past several weeks, with teams like the Astros, Dodgers and the Yankees all reportedly having shown interest in the three-time All-Star. 

Hamels tossed a no-hitter against the Cubs in his most recent start on Saturday.

The deal is not yet complete, and it is not known what other player or players are involved in the potential trade.


Blue Jays' Troy Tulowitzki hits two-run home run in team debut
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:09 pm ET) Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made quite an impression with his new team on Wednesday. Playing in his first game with the Blue Jays, Tulowitzki went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles and a two-run home run and three RBI in the 8-2 win over the Phillies.

Tulowitzki was batting leadoff for the first time since his rookie year in 2006. It's the first time he ever started a game in the lead-off position. 

But regardless of where he was batting, Tulowitzki had a great night for his new club, as he blasted his 13th home run in the second inning. 


Marlins SP Tom Koehler victimized by HR in loss
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(10:08 pm ET) Tom Koehler was hurt once again by an old adversary, as the Marlins starter made another mistake to Washington's Bryce Harper, who delivered the big blow in a 7-2 Miami defeat.

Koehler had given up just two runs through four innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth when he allowed back-to-back singles to Yunel Escobar and Jayson Werth. Harper followed with a titanic three-run homer into the second deck -- it's the fourth time Koehler has allowed a homer to Harper this season. 

Koehler (8-7) has now lost three of his last four decisions despite his ERA dropping from 3.52 to 3.38.


Phillies' Jerome Williams struggles against Blue Jays on Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:02 pm ET) Phillies right-hander Jerome Williams had a sub-par outing against the Blue Jays on Wednesday night. Williams, making his second start since returning from the disabled list, allowed four runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings. He threw 49 of his 75 pitches for strikes in the 8-2 loss.

Williams (3-8, 6.36 ERA) allowed a two-run home run to new Blue Jay Troy Tulowitzki in the third inning. Two more runs would come across to score in the fifth before Williams was lifted from the game. 

The veteran hurler was better in his previous start, allowing three runs in six innings during a win against the Cubs. But overall, Williams has struggled for the better part of the season. He has allowed at least four earned runs in eight of his 16 starts in 2015. 


Nationals SP Doug Fister steady in victory
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(10:00 pm ET) Nationals starter Doug Fister put together a consistent start Wednesday, going six solid innings to pick up just his fourth victory of the season. 

Fister scattered just four hits, allowing two early runs before his teammates provided offensive help. Fister utilized his control, walking only one batter while striking out four. 

Fister had lost five of his previous six starts, allowing 26 runs over that stretch. 


Nationals OF Bryce Harper crushes two homers in victory
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:56 pm ET) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper jumped back into the National League home run lead, blasting two upper-deck shots to give him 29 on the season and Washington a 7-2 win Wednesday. 

Harper continued his terrorization of Marlins starter Tom Koehler, hammering a three-run shot into the second deck of Marlins Park in the fifth inning, his fifth home run off Koehler. 

Harper added another solo shot in the eighth inning, this one again well over 400 feet. Harper now has 68 RBIs on the season and is hitting .335, third in the NL. 


Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey wins back-to-back starts
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9:56 pm ET) Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey was terrific in his outing against the Phillies on Wednesday. The veteran knuckleballer allowed a pair of unearned runs on seven hits over eight innings. Dickey walked one and struck out four in the 8-2 victory.

Dickey (5-10, 4.27 ERA) shutout the Phillies over the first six innings in this one. But a pair of errors led to single runs in the seventh and the eighth. 

This was Dickey's finest outing this season, as it was the first time he did not allow an earned run. The right-hander is 2-4 with a 3.00 ERA over his past seven starts.


Mets INF Wilmer Flores heading to Brewers in three-player deal
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9:43 pm ET) Mets infielder Wilmer Flores has been traded to the Brewers. The Mets will receive center fielder Carlos Gomez in exchange for Flores and starter Zack Wheeler, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

Flores, who was signed by the Mets as a 16-year-old in 2007, is in the midst of his third season in the big leagues. He entered play on Wednesday with a .249 batting average, 10 home runs and 40 RBI in 92 games for the Mets. He has seen time at shortstop and second base, though he looked much more comfortable at second. 

Neither team has officially announced the trade at this point.


Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval leaves game with dehydration
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:39 pm ET) Pablo Sandoval left Wednesday's game against the White Sox in the sixth inning with what the Red Sox described as dehydration, per the Boston Herald

Sandoval was 0-for-1 with a walk when he left. He was replaced in the lineup by Josh Rutledge. Sandoval is hitting .262 with eight homers this season. 


 
 
 
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