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2012 Draft Prep: National League 5x5 auction


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

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

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by R.J. White |
(1:46 am ET) Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman spoke Wednesday about pitcher Juan Jaime, who was acquired from the Braves along with three others players in a six-man deal earlier in the day and assigned to extended spring training, reports.

"He can really miss bats," Friedman said. "The limiting factor with him is the control. So we'll send him to Camelback and really attack the problem. If he can harness that even a little bit, we feel like we've added a really good player."

Jaime has posted a 5.93 ERA and 19:13 K:BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings with the Braves over two seasons. He has also walked nine batters in 5 1/3 innings in the minors this season after dishing out 36 walks in 41 innings with Triple-A Gwinnett in 2014.

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(1:39 am ET) Angels outfielder Collin Cowgill is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Angels option Marc Krauss to Triple-A
by R.J. White |
(1:37 am ET) The Angels optioned first baseman Marc Krauss to Triple-A Salt Lake after Wednesday's loss to the Padres, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Krauss loses his 25-man roster spot to outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who was added in a trade earlier in the day. The first baseman was just 5 for 35 with one home run and five RBI with the Angels. He returns to a .281/.405/.458 line with two home runs and 17 RBI in 96 at-bats with Salt Lake.

Diamondbacks' Brad Ziegler blows save, takes loss Wednesday
by R.J. White |
(1:33 am ET) Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler was saddled with his second blown save and first loss of the season on Wednesday, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 4-3 loss to the Cardinals.

Ziegler entered the ninth inning looking to protect a one-run lead but opened the frame by serving up a game-tying home run. He gave up a single before recording the first out of the inning, then walked two batters (one intentionally) to bring up Jhonny Peralta. The shortstop grounded into a fielder's choice, with the lead runner getting thrown out at home, but a throwing error by the catcher trying to record a double play brought the winning run home.

Ziegler owns a 1.25 ERA and 14:8 K:BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings.

Dodgers' Alex Guerrero knocks ninth home run Wednesday
by R.J. White |
(1:21 am ET) Dodgers left fielder Alex Guerrero went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 3-2 loss to the Braves on Wedensday.

Guerrero was hitless on the day before connecting on a ninth-inning homer off closer Jason Grilli, but his shot only reduced the lead to one run before the Dodgers eventually fell. It's the third home run in four games for Guerrero, who has hit .310/.344/.701 with nine homers and 21 RBI in 87 at-bats.

Braves' Cameron Maybin slugs fifth home run Wednesday
by R.J. White |
(1:18 am ET) Braves center fielder Cameron Maybin went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 3-2 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

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Braves' Jason Grilli surrenders homer, earns 14th save
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Grilli needed 24 pitches to escape the outing, getting a quick out before surrendering a solo home run to cut his team's lead to one run. He then gave up a single and recorded another out to bring pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo, making his Dodger debut after opening the season with the Braves, to the plate. The closer got Callaspo to fly out to end the game.

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Angels' Matt Joyce slugs second homer Wednesday vs. Padres
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(1:12 am ET) Angels left fielder Matt Joyce went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 5-4 loss to the Padres on Wednesday.

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Cardinals' Matt Holliday reaches base in 43rd consecutive game
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(1:10 am ET) Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday reached base in his 43rd game played in a row during Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Holliday hit a single in the fifth inning, which vaulted him ahead of Albert Pujols for the club's record of consecutive games reaching base to start a season.

It also set a National League record in the same category, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"Yeah, that’s cool," Holliday said. "A lot of players have played in the National League. That’s pretty good, I guess."

Only five players have started a season reaching base in more consecutive games — Derek Jeter (Yankees, 53, 1999), Frank Thomas (White Sox, 52, 1996), Mark McGwire (Athletics, 48, 1996), Alvin Davis (Mariners, 47, 1984), Harry Heilmann (Tigers, 44, 1923). 

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