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

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Dodgers trade LHP Xavier Cedeno to Rays for cash
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
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Cedeno did not appear in a game with the Dodgers and had been designated for assignment by the team. So far this season, he's pitched in five games for the Nationals, with an ERA of 6.00. 


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"My back feels great and I’m just feeling really well and throwing the ball well," Mengden said.

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The Nationals are optimstic that their $200 million ace will miss no more than one start -- the one he was scheduled to make Tuesday against the Braves. Scherzer threw in the outfield on Sunday, but the thumb remained swollen. 

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Pirates SS Justin Sellers makes Triple-A rehab start
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Taylor has been tearing it up at Triple-A Tacoma since being activated and sent there in mid-April. He has five two-hit games since April 20 and has hit safely in all but two of 11 games since his late start to his season. He has scored seven runs, slammed two homers and driven in four.

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Papelbon, on the other hand, has been lights-out. He is 4-fof-4 in save opportunities and had not yielded a run until Sunday. He is also quite familiar with pitching at Fenway, having served as the Red Sox closer from 2006 through 2011. Papelbon is one of only a handful of major league closers that have maintained that role for more than a few years.


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Chris Perez opts out of Brewers contract, becomes free agent
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(11:07 am ET) Pitcher Chris Perez has opted out of his minor-league contract with the Brewers and become a free agent, the team announced Monday.

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Mets will turn to six-man rotation to keep Matt Harvey fresh
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(11:04 am ET) As pitcher Matt Harvey continues to recover from the Tommy John surgery that sidelined him last year, the Mets will take a cautious approach to keeping their ace healthy, experimenting with six-man rotations in order to ensure Harvey keeps his start total right around 30 this season, per Newsday.

The report says the Mets' plan is to try and keep Harvey at 30 starts, with no more than 32 during the regular season. To that end, New York will temporarily switch to a six-man rotation and call up Rafael Montero to start Tuesday against the Marlins. 

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