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2012 Draft Prep: National League 5x5 auction

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The National League may not have the overall offensive firepower of the American League, but it offers NL-only owners a bevy of top outfield options. In our 12-team, NL-only Rotisserie league auction, many of those elite outfielders, like Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun and Justin Upton, came off the board early and set the tone for big spending at the position. Six of the first nine players nominated were outfielders, and they cost their owners a collective $188, even though the group included a $5 Bryce Harper.

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In fact, the highest bids came for players who qualify at what are arguably the NL's three deepest positions at the upper levels: outfield, shortstop and pitcher. Of the 16 players who fetched at least $30, only Joey Votto ($44) and Brandon Phillips ($30) played a position other than one of those three. This is not to say that position scarcity didn't matter, though. Votto has a greater advantage over his fellow elites at first base as compared to the top players at other positions, and he wound up being the most expensive player in the auction. Meanwhile, there are many similarly-productive options at the top of the second base, third base and catcher rankings, so owners were typically willing to wait to fill those positions, rather than spend $25 or more for the likes of Rickie Weeks or Brian McCann.

Scarcity also drove prices up as players were coming off the board. Phillips and Dee Gordon ($25) were both nominated relatively late, and both saw their values inflated compared to some similar alternatives. There weren't many late-auction bargains, as a few owners held onto their dollars deep into the auction, though Tim Hudson ($5) and Jason Kubel ($10) likely came more cheaply than they would have if they were nominated earlier.

Scoring for Batting Categories

BA - Batting Average
HR - Home Runs
R - Runs
RBI - Runs Batted In
SB - Stolen Bases

Pitching Categories

ERA - Earned Run Average
K - Strikeouts (Pitcher)
S - Saves
W - Wins
WHIP - Walks + Hits / Inning

The owners ...

1. Scott White, CBSSports.com
2. Scott Swanay and Steve Parsons, OptimalBaseball.com
3. John Toczydlowski and Mike Gianella, Patton & Co.
4. Al Melchior, CBSSports.com
5. Andrew Fiorentino, RotoWire.com
6. Patrick Davitt, Baseball HQ
7. Marc Normandin, FakeTeams.com
8. Grey Albright and Rudy Gamble, Razzball
9. Tim McLeod, RotoRob
10. Mike Kuchera, FanDuel.com
11. Christopher Kreush and Todd Zola, Mastersball.com
12. Bernie Pleskoff, RotoWire.com

Editor's note: Utilize the sortable functionality to get a sense of the auction. View by team, dollar amount and position.

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2012 NL-only Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
276Adam Kennedy, LAD1B$1Baseball HQ
275Derrek Lee, PIT1B$1Baseball HQ
274Daniel Descalso, STL3B$1Baseball HQ
273Paul Maholm, CHCP$1Baseball HQ
272Domonic Brown, PHIOF$1Baseball HQ
271Matt Belisle, COLP$1Baseball HQ
269Skip Schumaker, STL2B$1Baseball HQ
265Nate McLouth, PITOF$1Baseball HQ
260Chris Coghlan, MIAOF$1Baseball HQ
254Jeff Karstens, PITP$1Baseball HQ
223Edward Mujica, MIAP$1Baseball HQ
207Sean Marshall, CINP$2Baseball HQ
192Edwin Jackson, WASP$5Baseball HQ
138Wilin Rosario, COLC$7Baseball HQ
68Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$30Baseball HQ
64Matt Garza, CHCP$18Baseball HQ
58Buster Posey, SFC$20Baseball HQ
52Starlin Castro, CHCSS$28Baseball HQ
43Drew Storen, WASP$19Baseball HQ
39Corey Hart, MILOF$24Baseball HQ
37Tim Lincecum, SFP$28Baseball HQ
32Shane Victorino, PHIOF$24Baseball HQ
2Joey Votto, CIN1B$44Baseball HQ
246Clayton Richard, SDP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
237Darwin Barney, CHC2B$2CBSSports.com (Melchior)
224Tim Federowicz, LADC$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
202Tyler Clippard, WASP$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
187Allen Craig, STLOF$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
184Nyjer Morgan, MILOF$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
176Ryan Dempster, CHCP$8CBSSports.com (Melchior)
170Jon Jay, STLOF$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
159Mike Minor, ATLP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
158Brett Wallace, HOU1B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
143Homer Bailey, CINP$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
133Zack Cozart, CINSS$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
127Kenley Jansen, LADP$8CBSSports.com (Melchior)
125Carlos Quentin, SDOF$10CBSSports.com (Melchior)
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
92Ryan Roberts, ARI3B$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
71Yadier Molina, STLC$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
62Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$21CBSSports.com (Melchior)
61Andre Ethier, LADOF$24CBSSports.com (Melchior)
53Mat Latos, CINP$19CBSSports.com (Melchior)
20Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
19Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$23CBSSports.com (Melchior)
5Cliff Lee, PHIP$31CBSSports.com (Melchior)
248Taylor Green, MIL2B$4CBSSports.com (White)
238David Hernandez, ARIP$1CBSSports.com (White)
226Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$1CBSSports.com (White)
219Randy Wolf, MILP$2CBSSports.com (White)
214Welington Castillo, CHCC$1CBSSports.com (White)
211Casey Blake, COL3B$2CBSSports.com (White)
208Jason Bourgeois, HOUOF$3CBSSports.com (White)
205Rod Barajas, PITC$5CBSSports.com (White)
199Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$3CBSSports.com (White)
173R.A. Dickey, NYMP$3CBSSports.com (White)
165Placido Polanco, PHI3B$2CBSSports.com (White)
141John Mayberry, PHIOF$15CBSSports.com (White)
112Wandy Rodriguez, HOUP$8CBSSports.com (White)
106Martin Prado, ATLOF$17CBSSports.com (White)
82Logan Morrison, MIAOF$19CBSSports.com (White)
35Ian Kennedy, ARIP$20CBSSports.com (White)
34Dan Uggla, ATL2B$28CBSSports.com (White)
29Yovani Gallardo, MILP$21CBSSports.com (White)
28Lance Berkman, STLOF$21CBSSports.com (White)
23Josh Johnson, MIAP$18CBSSports.com (White)
22Ike Davis, NYM1B$24CBSSports.com (White)
12J.J. Putz, ARIP$16CBSSports.com (White)
10Emilio Bonifacio, MIASS$26CBSSports.com (White)
236Juan Uribe, LAD3B$2FakeTeams.com
209David Ross, ATLC$2FakeTeams.com
194Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$2FakeTeams.com
186Tim Stauffer, SDP$6FakeTeams.com
183Aroldis Chapman, CINP$4FakeTeams.com
182Jonny Venters, ATLP$7FakeTeams.com
181Garrett Jones, PITOF$7FakeTeams.com
179Jeremy Guthrie, COLP$2FakeTeams.com
177Dillon Gee, NYMP$2FakeTeams.com
168Mark Ellis, LAD2B$5FakeTeams.com
161Tim Hudson, ATLP$5FakeTeams.com
151David DeJesus, CHCOF$5FakeTeams.com
147Chipper Jones, ATL3B$9FakeTeams.com
139Rafael Furcal, STLSS$7FakeTeams.com
115Chris Heisey, CINOF$6FakeTeams.com
104Lucas Duda, NYMOF$20FakeTeams.com
90Jayson Werth, WASOF$21FakeTeams.com
48Ryan Madson, CINP$19FakeTeams.com
40Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$43FakeTeams.com
30Adam Wainwright, STLP$23FakeTeams.com
24Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$12FakeTeams.com
18Michael Bourn, ATLOF$28FakeTeams.com
15Stephen Strasburg, WASP$23FakeTeams.com
268Jesus Flores, WASC$1FanDuel.com
263Casey McGehee, PIT3B$1FanDuel.com
258Kyle Blanks, SDOF$1FanDuel.com
252Charlie Morton, PITP$1FanDuel.com
243Carlos Gomez, MILOF$1FanDuel.com
232Francisco Rodriguez, MILP$1FanDuel.com
204Mike Leake, CINP$4FanDuel.com
203Erik Bedard, PITP$3FanDuel.com
200Jason Castro, HOUC$3FanDuel.com
196Barry Zito, SFP$1FanDuel.com
146Ian Stewart, CHC3B$9FanDuel.com
136Jaime Garcia, STLP$14FanDuel.com
121Carlos Lee, HOUOF$14FanDuel.com
96Drew Stubbs, CINOF$22FanDuel.com
93Stephen Drew, ARISS$11FanDuel.com
88Ian Desmond, WASSS$17FanDuel.com
72Jason Heyward, ATLOF$19FanDuel.com
59Heath Bell, MIAP$18FanDuel.com
47David Wright, NYM3B$29FanDuel.com
41Zack Greinke, MILP$24FanDuel.com
38Daniel Murphy, NYM1B$15FanDuel.com
14Michael Morse, WAS1B$26FanDuel.com
13Cole Hamels, PHIP$25FanDuel.com
266Shelby Miller, STLP$1Mastersball.com
255Eric Surkamp, SFP$1Mastersball.com
247Roger Bernadina, WASOF$1Mastersball.com
245Scott Rolen, CIN3B$2Mastersball.com
225Brian Bogusevic, HOUOF$3Mastersball.com
218Brandon Crawford, SFSS$2Mastersball.com
212Chris Snyder, HOUC$3Mastersball.com
156Josh Collmenter, ARIP$3Mastersball.com
154A.J. Burnett, PITP$5Mastersball.com
148Jesus Guzman, SD1B$3Mastersball.com
144Jimmy Paredes, HOU3B$8Mastersball.com
105Johan Santana, NYMP$6Mastersball.com
103Alex Presley, PITOF$10Mastersball.com
84Jason Motte, STLP$15Mastersball.com
75Neil Walker, PIT2B$18Mastersball.com
74Miguel Montero, ARIC$20Mastersball.com
73Joel Hanrahan, PITP$17Mastersball.com
67Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$19Mastersball.com
65Melky Cabrera, SFOF$15Mastersball.com
60Chris Young, ARIOF$23Mastersball.com
31Chase Utley, PHI2B$20Mastersball.com
8Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$32Mastersball.com
7Roy Halladay, PHIP$33Mastersball.com
257Ryan Theriot, SFSS$1OptimalBaseball.com
250Brad Lincoln, PITP$1OptimalBaseball.com
228James McDonald, PITP$1OptimalBaseball.com
190Roy Oswalt, PHIP$2OptimalBaseball.com
174Chris Capuano, LADP$4OptimalBaseball.com
160Ty Wigginton, PHI3B$4OptimalBaseball.com
150Edinson Volquez, SDP$6OptimalBaseball.com
137Andres Torres, NYMOF$9OptimalBaseball.com
123John Buck, MIAC$9OptimalBaseball.com
120Huston Street, SDP$14OptimalBaseball.com
108Ramon Hernandez, COLC$11OptimalBaseball.com
99Yonder Alonso, SDOF$10OptimalBaseball.com
85Chris Carpenter, STLP$15OptimalBaseball.com
80Marco Scutaro, COLSS$10OptimalBaseball.com
78Brandon Belt, SFOF$12OptimalBaseball.com
57Matt Cain, SFP$23OptimalBaseball.com
50Aubrey Huff, SF1B$10OptimalBaseball.com
42Brett Myers, HOUP$10OptimalBaseball.com
36Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$14OptimalBaseball.com
26Ryan Howard, PHI1B$14OptimalBaseball.com
25Hanley Ramirez, MIASS$36OptimalBaseball.com
16Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$39OptimalBaseball.com
6Bryce Harper, WASOF$5OptimalBaseball.com
242Joe Blanton, PHIP$1Patton & Co
231Jordan Lyles, HOUP$1Patton & Co
195Ted Lilly, LADP$6Patton & Co
180Chad Billingsley, LADP$9Patton & Co
171Orlando Hudson, SD2B$3Patton & Co
164Josh Thole, NYMC$3Patton & Co
157Mark Buehrle, MIAP$5Patton & Co
152Shaun Marcum, MILP$11Patton & Co
149Will Venable, SDOF$11Patton & Co
142Marlon Byrd, CHCOF$7Patton & Co
130Vance Worley, PHIP$8Patton & Co
126Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$9Patton & Co
117Johnny Cueto, CINP$12Patton & Co
114Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$6Patton & Co
110Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$21Patton & Co
107Chase Headley, SD3B$13Patton & Co
102Carlos Beltran, STLOF$17Patton & Co
95Dexter Fowler, COLOF$14Patton & Co
81Jose Tabata, PITOF$15Patton & Co
55Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$21Patton & Co
49Madison Bumgarner, SFP$23Patton & Co
27James Loney, LAD1B$14Patton & Co
17Jose Reyes, MIASS$30Patton & Co
251Luke Gregerson, SDP$8Razzball
241Chris Narveson, MILP$1Razzball
230Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$1Razzball
227Brett Jackson, CHCOF$4Razzball
217Clint Barmes, PITSS$6Razzball
193Alex Gonzalez, MILSS$3Razzball
191Aaron Harang, LADP$2Razzball
175Juan Nicasio, COLP$4Razzball
167Ryan Hanigan, CINC$4Razzball
163Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$4Razzball
124Geovany Soto, CHCC$11Razzball
118Tony Campana, CHCOF$5Razzball
113Anibal Sanchez, MIAP$14Razzball
111Jason Kubel, ARIOF$10Razzball
109Daniel Hudson, ARIP$19Razzball
100Jay Bruce, CINOF$27Razzball
94Javy Guerra, LADP$11Razzball
91Aaron Hill, ARI2B$13Razzball
89Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$26Razzball
76Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$24Razzball
66Trevor Cahill, ARIP$10Razzball
44Gaby Sanchez, MIA1B$17Razzball
9Justin Upton, ARIOF$36Razzball
1Matt Kemp, LADOF$42RotoRob
244Juan Rivera, LADOF$4RotoRob
240Sergio Romo, SFP$2RotoRob
234Randall Delgado, ATLP$1RotoRob
222Rex Brothers, COLP$1RotoRob
220Nolan Arenado, COL3B$4RotoRob
216Fernando Salas, STLP$2RotoRob
213Jordan Schafer, HOUOF$9RotoRob
210Bryan LaHair, CHCOF$10RotoRob
206Jason Bartlett, SDSS$9RotoRob
198Tyler Greene, STL2B$5RotoRob
189Nick Hundley, SDC$7RotoRob
188Omar Infante, MIA2B$4RotoRob
172Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$14RotoRob
166Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$3RotoRob
162Bud Norris, HOUP$11RotoRob
153J.D. Martinez, HOUOF$10RotoRob
132David Freese, STL3B$14RotoRob
87Carlos Marmol, CHCP$18RotoRob
86Devin Mesoraco, CINC$10RotoRob
83Cameron Maybin, SDOF$19RotoRob
77Gio Gonzalez, WASP$18RotoRob
21Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$34RotoRob
264Tyler Colvin, COLOF$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
259Mike Nickeas, NYMC$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
253Jordan Pacheco, COL1B$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
235Jerry Sands, LADOF$2RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
233Drew Pomeranz, COLP$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
221Nate Schierholtz, SFOF$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
197Ruben Tejada, NYM2B$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
185Carlos Zambrano, MIAP$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
178Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$6RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
169Jair Jurrjens, ATLP$8RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
145Jason Bay, NYMOF$9RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
140Jed Lowrie, HOUSS$13RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
129Jonathon Niese, NYMP$6RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
128Wilson Ramos, WASC$15RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
122Cory Luebke, SDP$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
97Rafael Betancourt, COLP$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
79Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
70Dee Gordon, LADSS$25RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
69Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
54Brian Wilson, SFP$13RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
51Hunter Pence, PHIOF$30RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
45Tommy Hanson, ATLP$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
4Matt Holliday, STLOF$30RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
270Chris Johnson, HOU3B$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
267Norichika Aoki, MILOF$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
262Juan Pierre, PHIOF$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
261Kyle Lohse, STLP$2RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
256Willie Bloomquist, ARISS$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
249John Lannan, WASP$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
239Joe Saunders, ARIP$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
229Freddy Sanchez, SF2B$3RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
215Mike Pelfrey, NYMP$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
201A.J. Ellis, LADC$3RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
155Bronson Arroyo, CINP$1RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
135Mat Gamel, MIL3B$13RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
134Tyler Pastornicky, ATLSS$9RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
131Frank Francisco, NYMP$15RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
119Todd Helton, COL1B$8RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
116Jose Altuve, HOU2B$15RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
98Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$24RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
63John Axford, MILP$18RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
56Brandon Beachy, ATLP$22RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
46Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$22RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
33Brian McCann, ATLC$21RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
11Clayton Kershaw, LADP$34RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)
3Ryan Braun, MILOF$43RotoWire.com (Pleskoff)

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(11:56 am ET) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis told reporters Saturday he was denied an exemption for Adderall in 2013 but he took it anyway.

"It was a moment of weakness," Davis said. He was diagnosed with ADD in 2008 and it isn't a performance enhancer for someone who needs it for medical reasons, according to Davis.

"For me, it was off the field, just an everyday life thing," he said. "I was a little overwhelmed, just kind of with everything that was going on with the (oblique) injury. There were a lot of different things that were taking my focus away from baseball. It was a mistake that I wish I could undo, but I can't, so I've just got to move forward."

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Orioles' Jonathan Schoop trying to cut weight for upcoming season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:37 am ET) Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop wants to raise the level of his game for the 2015 season. The 22-year-old is hoping to be more mentally and physically prepared for the grind of the 162-game season.

"My weight is lower than last year. I want to have more range and be faster. Trying to steal some more bases and be faster for the team on the bases to help put more pressure on the defense." Schoop said. "I learned a lot from my teammates. They helped me a lot. One year of experience. I'm better than last year. Mentally and physically, everything. My ups and downs helped me a lot to know myself better too."

Schoop, who hit .209 with 16 home runs and 45 RBI in 2014, is also taking more advice from his teammates about his approach at the plate.

"Be patient. Don't chase too many pitches. Let them throw strikes and swing at strikes. Just have to work on getting better pitches to hit. See how they pitch you. If I can do that, I'll be better," he said. "I worked on everything (this winter). I want to get faster. You have to work on all of it, speed, defense. I want to be a better player than last year."


 
 
 
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