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

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by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
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The Padres have made plenty of upgrades across the roster since general manager A.J. Heller took over, and it's possible they don't have the ammunition to land the Philadelphia ace in a deal. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week that he didn't expect Hamels to be traded before the start of the season. Hamels went 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA and 198 strikeouts in 204 2/3 innings in 2014.


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Harrison is dealing with some stiffness in his right side, which will cause him to throw from a distance of 90 feet for a second consecutive week rather than progress to 105 feet. He hopes that he'll get his hips to rotate more and loosen up with more stretching and more throws from the 90-foot distance.


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(1/31/2015) The Rays have signed pitcher Ronald Belisario to a minor-league deal with an invitiation to spring training, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Greinke is set to make $23 million in 2015, and he's due another $71 million over the following three seasons if he remains under his current contract. The Dodgers said earlier this offseason that they wouldn't discuss a contract extension with the pitcher during the winter.

Greinke went 17-8 with a 2.71 ERA and 207:43 K:BB ratio in 202 1/3 innings in 2014.


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(1/31/2015) Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez can't wait to get on the field and get past the 2014 season.

"I can’t wait," Jimenez said at Saturday’s FanFest event. "Whatever happened in 2014 is in the past. There's nothing I can do about it now. I can just look forward and now I’m going to do everything in spring training to get myself ready the best I can for the season and help the team."

Jimenez, who signed a four-year, $50 million deal with Baltimore in 2014, went 6-9 with a 4.81 ERA in 125 1/3 innings pitched. 

"It was pretty hard, coming in with a new team and signing a contract like that and not to do what everyone is expecting you to do, it’s hard," Jimenez said. "It’s hard not to be there for the team, but regardless what happened, I fought a lot. I think I was trying to find a way to survive to be there for the team and do whatever I can do the best. We got really far. I didn’t help a lot, but I tried to do whatever I could with whatever I had."


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(1/31/2015) Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is still recovering from his wrist surgery this offseason and plans to take it slow in his rehab.

"We really don’t have a timetable," Gordon said. "We’re just going to see how it feels. Obviously, it’s spring training. So we don’t want to rush anything. If it feels good, we’ll be aggressive with it. But if it’s not feeling good, we’ll take it slow."

Manager Ned Yost wants to continue to take things slow with Gordon.
"We’ll just take it slow," Yost said. "We’ll see how he feels. We’ll play him one day. Then we’ll give him a day off. Play him another day, five or six innings, then give him a day off. We’ll just see how he’s doing."
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Angels, Garrett Richards settle on $3.2 million for 2015
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2015) The Angels and pitcher Garrett Richards have agreed to a contract for 2015 for $3.2 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Richards was asking for $3.8 million while the Angels offered $2.4 million. Richards posted a 13-4 record in 2014 with a 2.61 ERA and 164 strikeouts for Los Angeles.


Orioles' Manny Machado expects to be ready for spring training
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2015) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is progressing through his rehab and says he's "ready to roll" for the upcoming season.

"I have a lot of time to get ready. That is the key: having a regular offseason," Machado said Saturday. "Was doing my rehab in Sarasota and then went to Miami to do my regular weightlifting and get ready for the season. Been exciting. Looking forward to spring training."

Machado has taken part in baseball activities for the past few weeks since having surgery on Aug. 27 after tearing a ligament in his knee.

"It will be awesome," he said of the prospect of having a normal spring. "I'm dying to get back on the field. Spring training is key for a lot of players to get your at-bats and your reps. I think some take it for granted but it's a very big key for success for the year."

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(1/31/2015) Orioles pitcher Bud Norris said Saturday nothing has changed between he and the organization for a new contract.

"I haven't heard anything of that," Norris said. "I don't see a reason why I'd want to leave, but that's out of my control."

Norris and the Orioles are preparing for arbitration, when Norris filed for $10.25 million and Baltimore offered $7.5 million. He went 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA and 139:52 K:BB ratio in 165 1/3 innings over 28 starts in 2014.


 
 
 
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