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

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by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:30 pm ET) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that outfielders Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo will get equal playing time in center field this spring, MLB.com reports.

"Like we said at the outset of camp, we'll take all of camp to determine that," said Farrell. "They're going to get equal playing time. But I think it's important they both get comfortable with the combination of the guys on the flank because of communication, the responsibilities for balls in the gap, fly ball communication and those priorities."

While Betts had ample time to make an impression on the team during his rookie season, the Red Sox are still getting to know Castillo and his capabilities.

"With Rusney, I think it's a matter of frequent at-bats, more games played," Farrell said. "Particularly after our season concluded, he went to the [Arizona] Fall League and Puerto Rico, and through repetition, I think he's just gotten better timing and consistent routes in the outfield and he's looked very good here in camp so far."

Castillo went 12 for 36 in his short time with the Red Sox last season.


 
 
 
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