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2012 Draft Prep: Mixed League 5x5 auction


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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HR - Home Runs
R - Runs
RBI - Runs Batted In
SB - Stolen Bases

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WHIP - Walks + Hits / Inning

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

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Report: Athletics OF Coco Crisp expected to need elbow surgery
by R.J. White |
(1:35 am ET) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp is expected to require surgery to remove a bone spur and chips from his right elbow, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The outfielder would be out for six-to-eight weeks after undergoing the procedure.

Crisp has dealt with elbow issues for much of the spring. Without his presence in the lineup, the A's will need to replace the outfielder in the leadoff spot at least until mid-May. With Crisp set to open the season on the disabled list, the A's will likely carry outfielder Billy Burns on the team's initial 25-man roster.

Mets' Collins: Daniel Murphy looks 'tremendous' Wednesday
by R.J. White |
(1:22 am ET) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (hamstring) played five innings, took five at-bats and ran the bases in a minor-league game Wednesday, and while the team will leave him behind to see minor-league work this weekend, there's still a chance he could join the team to play on Opening Day, the New York Daily News reports.

"Dan looked tremendous. He looks great at the plate, but it’s the daily grind (we worry about)," manager Terry Collins said about Murphy's action Wednesday. "We certainly have to be monitoring his workload, but we’re hoping that the next couple of days he gets a little extra work in, then we’ll look up this weekend and he joins us after."

Murphy said he has yet to push the hamstring by trying to run at 100 percent.

"I like the way I am progressing," Murphy said Wednesday, "but we’ll see how I feel tomorrow."

Astros option OF L.J. Hoes to Triple-A Fresno
by R.J. White |
(4/1/2015) The Astros have optioned outfielder L.J. Hoes to Triple-A Fresno.

Hoes was competing for a bench spot but dealt with a wrist issue recently after being hit by a pitch over the weekend. He went 7 for 25 this spring before being sent down.

Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen leaves game, says he's fine
by R.J. White |
(4/1/2015) Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen didn't run out a ground ball in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game and left the field slowly before being officially replaced in the game, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

McCutchen, who dealt with a lower-body injury earlier this spring, said he was fine after coming out of the game. He indicated that he slipped on the plate and throttled things back just to be safe. The outfielder finished the game 1 for 4 at the plate.

Orioles' Chris Tillman strikes out eight in spring finale vs. Pirates
by R.J. White |
(4/1/2015) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman allowed two earned runs on three hits in five innings while racking up eight strikeouts and issuing zero walks in Wednesday's spring finale against the Pirates.

Tillman gave up both runs on a home run in the second inning by Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez but was excellent aside from the one mistake. He closes the spring with a 2.76 ERA and 18:2 K:BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings. Tillman will square off with the Rays Monday on Opening Day.

Pirates' Gerrit Cole tosses three scoreless innings vs. Orioles
by R.J. White |
(4/1/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole allowed just one hit and one walk in three scoreless innings while striking out three in Wednesday's spring finale against the Orioles.

Cole closes the spring with a 3.24 ERA and 12:4 K:BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings. He's slated to pitch the taem's second game of the season, leaving him to face the Reds next Wednesday.

Pirates' Francisco Liriano allows one run in spring finale
by R.J. White |
(4/1/2015) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano surrendered one earned run on three hits in three innings while striking out two in Wednesday's spring finale against the Orioles.

Liriano hadn't surrendered a run in nine spring innings heading into Wednesday's game and finishes the spring with a 0.75 ERA and 14:4 K:BB ratio in 12 innings. His next start will come on Opening Day against the Reds Monday.

Rangers' Colby Lewis serves up three homers in spring finale
by R.J. White |
(4/1/2015) Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis allowed four earned runs on seven hits and one walk in three innings while walking two and giving up three home runs in his team's 10-4 loss to the Rockies Wednesday.

Lewis also served up three home runs in one inning in his spring debut but kept the ball in the park while surrendering three runs in eight innings over his previous two appearances. He closes out the spring with a 9.75 ERA and 5:4 K:BB ratio in 12 innings. Lewis is slated to make his regular-season debut Tuesday against the A's.

Indians first baseman Nick Swisher goes 2 for 3 in spring debut
by Brandon Wise |
(4/1/2015) Indians first baseman Nick Swisher went 2-for-3 Wednesday in his first action since undergoing surgery on both knees this offseason, reports

"All I really wanted to do was go out there and have some fun again, man," Swisher said. "I feel like it's been Groundhog's Day for me. It's like the same thing every day. So, to be able to come out here and actually be able to compete at this level was great. It raised my spirits a little bit, for sure."

Manager Terry Francona was happy to get Swisher back in the lineup.

"I think it was really good to get him in a game," Francona said. "I think it was really good for him -- whether he got hits or not. It was nice to see him get on base a couple times. I think it's helpful to him. I think it probably gave him another little push in the right direction. I think he had fun and it makes it feel a little bit closer to the finish line."

He remains without a timetable to return for the regular season.

"I wish I could give you a timetable. I wish I could give you a day," Swisher said. "I'm just going to come back when I feel healthy. Do I feel like I could go and DH for this team and contribute right now? Sure, but that's not all I want to do. I want to make sure I'm able to go to the outfield. I want to make sure I'm able to go to first base and make sure all my movements are fluid and smooth."

Rangers' Elvis Andrus goes hitless in return Wednesday
by R.J. White |
(4/1/2015) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus went 0 for 3 and struck out twice in his return to the lineup Wednesday as the Rangers fell to the Rockies, 10-4.

Andrus was scratched from Monday's lineup due to stiffness in his lower back but missed little time due to the injury. He has hit .359/.381/.590 in 39 spring at-bats.