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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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6. Adam Moore, Fantasy Writer
7. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
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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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Pirates OF Gregory Polanco gets rare start in second hole
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:33 pm ET) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco has batted in four different spots in the lineup this season, but has not filled the No. 2 hole since April 26.

That is, until Monday.

Polanco provided some encouragement by managing his first two-hit in two weeks Sunday. He came off the bench to smack those two hits.


Reds pitcher Sean Marshall may return this season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:32 pm ET) Reds pitcher Sean Marshall was expecting to miss the entire season just a week ago. Now, Marshall is breathing a sigh of relief after his latest doctor's appointment, according to MLB.com.

Marshall was scheduled for season-ending shoulder surgery last Wednesday, but the doctor only found scar tissue when he began the procedure. 

"It's nearly a miracle," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "What a difference a day makes. He's fired up."

Marshall said the volume and thickness of the scar tissue in his shoulder led to a misdiagnosis. He is currently on the 60-day DL with the injury but is hoping to throw again this season. He posted a 7.71 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 14 innings of work in 2014. 


Pirates SS Jung Ho Kang grabbing some pine Monday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:29 pm ET) Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang is on a seven-game hitting streak that will not reach eight Monday unless he emerges from the bench to hit safely. He is out of the lineup against Miami.

Kang is 11-for-29 on his recent tear and owns a fine slash line of .304/.369/.435.


Pirates SP Charlie Morton back; RP Radhames Liz designated
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:19 pm ET) The Pirates had already announced that right-hander Charlie Morton was set to start Monday against Miami, but they had to take care of some business first.

That was accomplished when they reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list. His start will be his first since he underwent labrum surgery in September.

The team designated fellow righty Radhames Liz for assignment to make room for Morton.


Mariners' Justin Ruggiano, Mike Zunino back in the lineup Monday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:10 pm ET) Mariners outfielder Justin Ruggiano and catcher Mike Zunino are back in the starting lineup on Monday against the Rays, the team announced.

Ruggiano and Zunino got the day off on Sunday with Welington Castillo and Dustin Ackley drawing starts. Ruggiano is hitting .207 with three RBI in 58 at-bats this season. Zunino is hitting .183 in 120 at-bats this season. The Mariners are currently the underdogs (+115) against Tampa Bay.


Brewers RP Michael Blazek could get spot start Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:08 pm ET) Brewers reliever Michael Blazek could start Wednesday against the Giants if Wily Peralta is unavailable due to a rib injury sustained Friday.

The right-handed Blazek worked as a starter in spring training before being placed in the bullpen. He is coming off a three-inning scoreless performance against Atlanta on Friday.

"He threw 45 pitches in his last outing," pointed out Craig Counsell. "We'll consider everything as to what would be the best way to get through a game."

The team remains hopeful that Peralta can pitch.


Rays' Asdrubal Cabrera, Steven Souza out of lineup Monday
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(2:52 pm ET) Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and right fielder Steven Souza are out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Mariners.

Cabrera suffered a mild groin sprain on Sunday and will be replaced by Tim Beckham at shortstop on Monday. Souza was removed from Sunday's game after suffering a sprained left wrist on a foul tip. His absence will earn Monday call-up Jake Elmore a start in left field.

The Rays are favorites (-128) at home on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton has raked against Monday starter
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
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Stanton is 7-for-15 lifetime against Morton with three walks. Oddly, however, he has no home runs in those plate appearances.


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(2:48 pm ET) The Rays recalled infielder Tim Beckham and outfielder Jake Elmore from Triple-A Durham on Monday.

Beckham was optioned to Triple-A after Friday's game. He returns to a .224/.266/.459 line with five home runs and 16 RBI in 85 at-bats. Beckham is starting at shortstop and batting fifth for the Rays on Monday.

Elmore is 4 for 13 with one home run and three RBI with the Rays this season. He's starting in left field and batting sixth on Monday with Steven Souza out of the lineup.

The Rays are favorites (-128) at home against the Mariners, per VegasInsider.com.


Rays place James Loney (finger) on 15-day disabled list
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Loney was removed from Sunday's game due to the injury, which was initially diagnosed as a sprain. He has hit .275/.322/.376 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 109 at-bats. Logan Forsythe is getting the start at first base on Monday with Loney sidelined.


 
 
 
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