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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
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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Mets SS Wilmer Flores (finger) back in spring lineup Friday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:55 am ET) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores returned to the spring lineup Friday against the Tigers after leaving Wednesday's spring game against the Nationals. Flores exited Wednesday's game after getting hit on the right pinkie finger in the fifth inning.

Phillippe Aumont's bid for spot on Phillies' roster not off to great start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:39 am ET) Phillies reliever Phillippe Aumont is out of minor-league options, so if he doesn't make the team this spring, he is subject to waivers. Thus far, however, his bid for a roster spot is not going well.

After allowing a run in his lone inning of work Sunday against the University of Tampa, Aumont allowed solo homers on consecutive pitches in the fifth inning of Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Astros.

"This is a big spring training for him as far as the Phillies go and him (being) with the Phillies," manager Ryne Sandberg said after Thursday's game, per The Philadelphia Inquirer. "He's had multiple chances and this is a clean slate opportunity for him in spring training coming in with opportunities and with some spots available.

"It should be a fresh start for him after the offseason. The biggest thing for him is to work ahead, and really, he has a good breaking ball when he can get to those counts. But sometimes he gets hit before he gets to those counts."


Braves' Minor doesn't appear to be overly concerned about injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:01 am ET) Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor appeared confident Friday his shoulder injury is not serious, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Minor doesn't have a date yet on when he will meet with Dr. James Andrews next week, but he is hoping Andrews can clarify what is wrong with his shoulder.

Minor said his shoulder started to get sore after throwing batting practice last week, and the soreness increased following a second batting practice session.


Tigers' Ausmus: James McCann can be very good major-league catcher
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8:00 am ET) Tigers catcher James McCann, who is vying for a spot on the roster as a backup to Alex Avila, allowed a passed ball during Thursday's spring game against the Braves. After the game, McCann was very critical of his play and vowed to make sure no more pitches skip by him. 

McCann's relentless work ethic is one trait that manager Brad Aumus likes about the 24-year-old catcher.

"I don't have to worry about him working," Ausmus said Thursday, per the Detroit Free Press. "I think Mac does an excellent job. He is very alert. His head is into the game at all times. He understands that his value is greater on the defensive side of the game than it is when he is standing in the batter's box. That's not to say he doesn't take his hitting seriously.

"I think he has a chance to be a very good major-league catcher. I'm more concerned about how he handles a staff, how he calls a game, how he blocks balls in the dirt (than his ability to throw out runners)."


Phillies SP Cliff Lee having no doubts coming off elbow injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7:31 am ET) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee appeared to be brimming with confidence Thursday, as he said following his first start since missing the final two months of the 2014 season due to an elbow injury that everything is "so far, so good."

While some folks still might have some doubt regarding the 36-year-old's durability moving forward, Lee has no such doubts.

"I don't have any uncertainty," Lee said, per The Philadelphia Daily News. "I definitely have confidence and expect to go out there and be successful, and I'm doing everything I can to prevent something like that from happening again. That's really all I can do. There's no worry or uncertainty or anything like that. I'm just going to go out there and be confident and expect to have success and not really even think about it, to be honest with you."

Lee threw only 22 pitches (16 strikes) in two innings Thursday in his spring debut. He still has a long ways to go in getting back to his previous form, but Lee is confident it will happen.

"As a starting pitcher, you've got to go out there and throw a hundred-and-some-odd pitches, get deep into games to do your job effectively," Lee said. "Personally, until I do that I don't think that I've proven that I can do that yet. I don't have any doubts, but still you have to build up to do that and prove you can do that . . . I don't think anyone is going to know that I can do that until I go out there and show it."


Mets' Jacob deGrom working on perfecting his curveball
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:42 am ET) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is working on perfecting his curveball this spring, according to the New York Post

"This spring is so different," deGrom said. "I can really come in here and work on things. Last year when I was over on the big league side, I didn’t throw my curveball one time because I was trying to make the team and prove I could get outs in spring training."

After experiencing some success in the majors, deGrom said he is more willing to work on stuff this time around. While he actually started using his curve more late last season, it seems like deGrom is going to work on perfecting the pitch during camp. 

"It’s a great pitch whether it be strike one or a strikeout pitch," deGrom said. "Talking to Gee, Wheeler and all those guys and see how they throw theirs and taking little bits of information from them and trying it in bullpens. Sometimes I throw it at 78 (mph) and that’s a big difference from the slider. It gets the hitter off balance."

deGrom, 26, posted a 2.69 ERA over 140 1/3 innings last season.


Rockies' Charlie Blackmon hoping for more consistency
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:15 am ET) Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon is hoping for more consistency in 2015, according to the Denver Post

Blackmon had a breakout season in 2014, but admits it's hard to be on every single game. "Last year, I swung the bat really well at certain times," he said. "But you go through a lot of ups and downs over 162 games, and that was a learning experience. I think that's going to help me this year."

Blackmon said his strong start made him a target for other teams, and that may have contributed to a slight slump during the season. Blackmon added that he's hoping to hit the ball to all fields this season.

Manager Walt Weiss is hoping Blackmon can deliver more of the same. "I don't know if he necessarily has to have an encore. I'm thinking more of the same," Weiss said. "I think Charlie would say that he wants to be more consistent."

The 28-year-old Blackmon hit .288/.335/.440 over 593 at-bats last year. 


Twins' Gibson feels 'a little more comfortable' with curveball
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:29 am ET) Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson surrendered one run on two hits and one walk in two innings while striking out two in his spring debut Thursday, using the outing to work on his curveball, the Associated Press reports.

"I felt really good," Gibson said. "I'm working on some stuff, and some stuff worked out that I was working on. I threw more curveballs than normal. That's what spring training's for. It's just fun to be able to work on a particular pitch. I feel a little more comfortable."

Gibson, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011, completed his first full major-league deal in 2014, going 13-12 with a 4.47 ERA and 107:57 K:BB ratio in 179 1/3 innings.


Blue Jays' Barton hoping his glove wins him a spot
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:28 am ET) Blue Jays first baseman Daric Barton is hoping his glove can win him a spot on the 25-man roster, according to the Toronto Sun.

Barton isn't much of a power hitter, but gets strong marks for his defense at first. Manager John Gibbons is well aware of Barton's skills. "One thing that put Daric on the map was that he was such a disciplined hitter and a great defender," Gibbons said. He added that the first baseman is involved in a large chunk of plays, so defense at the position is probably more important than people realize.

With that said, Barton may need a trade to make the opening day roster. As currently constructed, the Blue Jays may carry three catchers. If the team retains Dioner Navarro, Barton could find himself in the minors.

The 29-year-old Barton hit .158 over 57 at-bats last year.


Pirates' Pedro Alvarez feeling comfortable at first
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:21 am ET) Pirates infielder Pedro Alvarez is feeling comfortable at first base, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

After playing third the past couple of seasons, Alvarez will transition to first base full-time in 2015. The 28-year-old is still getting used to the position, but he seems comfortable with the change.

"It’s just a matter of getting used to seeing the field from that point of view, get the reps in so that the responsibilities that come with playing the position become second nature," he said. "That’s just with time and repetitions."

Alvarez hit .231/.312/.405 over 398 at-bats last season. 


 
 
 
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