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

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Scheppers said he was just glad to be back on the mound. "I'm seriously just happy to be out there," Scheppers said. "It has been seven months since I've faced hitters. I'm just happy to be playing baseball and feeling great."

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"I feel good, but the training staff has talked with me and got me on a good solid routine to make sure I come out of camp feeling good and feeling healthy," Moreland said. "So we're playing it over-cautiously so I'll be ready to roll by Day 1."

Moreland is also expected to play the outfield this season, but the team is going to wait until later in camp to get him out there.

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"Everything's good," Infante said on Thursday. "I'm trying to take it a little slow, but right now it all feels fine.

"The shoulder is fine now. I don't really feel anything with [the elbow] either, maybe just a little bit. Not worried."


Report: Angels' Hamilton won't receive a ruling on Thursday
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(5:29 pm ET) Major League Baseball will not announce a possible suspension for Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton on Thursday, according to FoxSports.com.


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Tigers' Joel Hanrahan unsure about his next step
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(5:16 pm ET) Tigers reliever Joel Hanrahan isn't sure what's next after being shut down from throwing, according to Peter Gammons. 

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by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:13 pm ET) The league's proposed new rule preventing batters from stepping out of the batter's box isn't new to Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo, who had to adjust to a similar rule when playing under the Baseball Federation of Cuba, WEEI.com reports.

"The game used to be really long, but about two years ago they implemented the rule we're trying to implement, with the hitter staying in the box," Castillo said. "That sped the game up a little bit. It did mess with some hitters, but for me, if I've got to do it, I've got to do it and I didn't think about all that much. It wasn't all that difficult for me, personally."

While the penalty for stepping out of the box under the proposed rule is a warning and potential fine, in Cuba batters receive a called strike for stepping out of the box. Cuban pitchers are also required to throw the ball within an alloted timespan.

"The biggest complaint is that people like to take that time to readjust and refocus," Castillo said. "It was just happening a little too quick, quicker than they wanted to. They wanted to control the tempo. It just took some time, but over the course of a season it just became normal. Now it's just normal. I don't know about a big difference, but it did make a difference."

Castillo will compete this spring to be the team's starting center fielder. He went 12 for 36 with two home runs and three stolen bases in his brief debut season.


Marlins 2B Dee Gordon: 'I just want to score runs' in 2015
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:07 pm ET) Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon told reporters Thursday that he won't put a number on how many bases he'll swipe this season, and is more focused on improving his on-base percentage and scoring runs in his first season with his new club, per MLB.com.

"No goal," Gordon said. "I just want to score runs. That's it. I scored a lot of runs last year, and I don't think nobody realizes that. Whatever [stolen bases] I get is what I get. Whatever is going to make me score is what I want to do."

Gordon led MLB last season with 64 stolen bags. His 92 runs were tied with then-teammate Yasiel Puig for eighth most in the National League. He hit .289/.326/.378 over 609 at-bats last season.


 
 
 
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