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2012 Draft Prep: Our final mock draft

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Surely you've heard of Fantasy Baseball 360 by now: the live, one-hour Fantasy Baseball program that will air right here on CBSSports.com at 5 p.m. ET every weekday throughout the regular season.

No?

Then pardon the expression, but you seriously need to get with the program. We're talking late-breaking news, in-depth analysis, big-name interviews and, naturally, some light-hearted banter, and you get it all just by staring at a glowing box. You don't even have to read anything. We couldn't have made it any easier.

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Needless to say, we're pretty excited about it here, and in anticipation of our premiere on Wednesday, April 4, we decided to put a league together. Novel idea, right?

The cast -- which includes not only me, but Al Melchior, Nando Di Fino and our host Jorge Sedano -- will compete alongside the crew for bragging rights in this 10-team Head-to-Head categorical league. Usually when we say Head-to-Head here at CBSSports.com, we mean Head-to-Head points. In categorical play, each week is like a mini Rotisserie game. Two teams square off in the standard 5x5 categories. The one that fares better in the majority of the categories wins the matchup.

Because contributions like doubles, triples and walks have no influence on the scoring, the evaluation of players is closer to Rotisserie. Then again, because each team starts fewer hitters than a standard Rotisserie format and because the season is reduced from a marathon to a series of short sprints, some of the draft strategies -- such as loading up on pitchers early and avoiding streakier, injury-prone players -- are closer to Head-to-Head.

The hybrid format led to some curious bargains early in the draft, such as usual second-rounders Ian Kinsler, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Justin Upton and Jose Reyes all going in the Round 3.

Of course, playing with only 10 teams likely had something to do with that as well.

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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 and draft order ...

1. Scott Fitzgerald, Senior Multimedia Producer
2. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports
3. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
4. Jorge Sedano, Fantasy Baseball 360 Host
5. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
6. Matt Brodsky, Video Producer
7. Michael Freedman, Video Producer
8. Jeremiah Thermidor, Associate Video Producer
9. Nando Di Fino,Senior Fantasy Writer
10. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer

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Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Owner Player
1 Fitzgerald Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
2 Tobin Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
3 Madden Jose Bautista, LF, TOR
4 Sedano Matt Kemp, CF, LAD
5 Melchior Ryan Braun, LF, MIL
6 Brodsky Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
7 Freedman Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, BOS
8 Thermidor Roy Halladay, SP, PHI
9 Di Fino Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL
10 White Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
Round 2
Pick Owner Player
11 White Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
12 Di Fino Hanley Ramirez, SS, MIA
13 Thermidor Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
14 Freedman Justin Verlander, SP, DET
15 Brodsky Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, BOS
16 Melchior Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY
17 Sedano Carlos Santana, C, CLE
18 Madden Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
19 Tobin Prince Fielder, 1B, DET
20 Fitzgerald Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
Round 3
Pick Owner Player
21 Fitzgerald Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA
22 Tobin Ian Kinsler, 2B, TEX
23 Madden CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
24 Sedano Jered Weaver, SP, LAA
25 Melchior Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
26 Brodsky Curtis Granderson, CF, NYY
27 Freedman Brian McCann, C, ATL
28 Thermidor Justin Upton, RF, ARI
29 Di Fino Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT
30 White Jose Reyes, SS, MIA
Round 4
Pick Owner Player
31 White Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA
32 Di Fino Zack Greinke, SP, MIL
33 Thermidor Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
34 Freedman Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
35 Brodsky Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
36 Melchior Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
37 Sedano David Price, SP, TB
38 Madden Mike Napoli, C, TEX
39 Tobin James Shields, SP, TB
40 Fitzgerald Alex Avila, C, DET
Round 5
Pick Owner Player
41 Fitzgerald Dan Haren, SP, LAA
42 Tobin Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
43 Madden Josh Hamilton, CF, TEX
44 Sedano Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
45 Melchior Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
46 Brodsky Kevin Youkilis, 3B, BOS
47 Freedman Jon Lester, SP, BOS
48 Thermidor Ian Kennedy, SP, ARI
49 Di Fino Carl Crawford, LF, BOS
50 White Matt Holliday, LF, STL
Round 6
Pick Owner Player
51 White Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
52 Di Fino Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
53 Thermidor Buster Posey, C, SF
54 Freedman David Wright, 3B, NYM
55 Brodsky Joe Mauer, C, MIN
56 Melchior Shane Victorino, CF, PHI
57 Sedano Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL
58 Madden Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB
59 Tobin Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
60 Fitzgerald Josh Beckett, SP, BOS
Round 7
Pick Owner Player
61 Fitzgerald Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
62 Tobin Shin-Soo Choo, RF, CLE
63 Madden Josh Johnson, SP, MIA
64 Sedano Miguel Montero, C, ARI
65 Melchior Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
66 Brodsky C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA
67 Freedman Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
68 Thermidor Hunter Pence, RF, PHI
69 Di Fino Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
70 White Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
Round 8
Pick Owner Player
71 White Jesus Montero, C, SEA
72 Di Fino Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
73 Thermidor Lance Berkman, RF, STL
74 Freedman Mat Latos, SP, CIN
75 Brodsky Michael Pineda, SP, NYY
76 Melchior Daniel Hudson, SP, ARI
77 Sedano Jay Bruce, RF, CIN
78 Madden Michael Young, 3B, TEX
79 Tobin Desmond Jennings, CF, TB
80 Fitzgerald Jemile Weeks, 2B, OAK
Round 9
Pick Owner Player
81 Fitzgerald Michael Bourn, CF, ATL
82 Tobin Matt Wieters, C, BAL
83 Madden Tommy Hanson, SP, ATL
84 Sedano Nelson Cruz, RF, TEX
85 Melchior Matt Moore, RP, TB
86 Brodsky Matt Cain, SP, SF
87 Freedman Michael Morse, 1B, WAS
88 Thermidor Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW
89 Di Fino Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
90 White Emilio Bonifacio, SS, MIA
Round 10
Pick Owner Player
91 White Ricky Romero, SP, TOR
92 Di Fino Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
93 Thermidor Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
94 Freedman Ichiro Suzuki, RF, SEA
95 Brodsky Chris Young, CF, ARI
96 Melchior B.J. Upton, CF, TB
97 Sedano Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
98 Madden Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
99 Tobin Alex Gordon, LF, KC
100 Fitzgerald Corey Hart, RF, MIL
Round 11
Pick Owner Player
101 Fitzgerald Matt Garza, SP, CHC
102 Tobin Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL
103 Madden David Ortiz, DH, BOS
104 Sedano Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
105 Melchior Billy Butler, DH, KC
106 Brodsky Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
107 Freedman Adam Jones, CF, BAL
108 Thermidor Anibal Sanchez, SP, MIA
109 Di Fino Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, CLE
110 White Ervin Santana, SP, LAA
Round 12
Pick Owner Player
111 White Cory Luebke, RP, SD
112 Di Fino Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
113 Thermidor Heath Bell, RP, MIA
114 Freedman Mariano Rivera, RP, NYY
115 Brodsky John Axford, RP, MIL
116 Melchior Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
117 Sedano Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
118 Madden Drew Storen, RP, WAS
119 Tobin Erick Aybar, SS, LAA
120 Fitzgerald Mark Reynolds, 3B, BAL
Round 13
Pick Owner Player
121 Fitzgerald Brett Gardner, CF, NYY
122 Tobin Howard Kendrick, 2B, LAA
123 Madden J.J. Putz, RP, ARI
124 Sedano Ryan Roberts, 3B, ARI
125 Melchior Brian Wilson, RP, SF
126 Brodsky Martin Prado, LF, ATL
127 Freedman Dustin Ackley, 2B, SEA
128 Thermidor Alexei Ramirez, SS, CHW
129 Di Fino Joel Hanrahan, RP, PIT
130 White Drew Stubbs, CF, CIN
Round 14
Pick Owner Player
131 White Jose Valverde, RP, DET
132 Di Fino Delmon Young, LF, DET
133 Thermidor Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS
134 Freedman Jaime Garcia, SP, STL
135 Brodsky Wandy Rodriguez, SP, HOU
136 Melchior Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB
137 Sedano Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY
138 Madden Andre Ethier, RF, LAD
139 Tobin Andrew Bailey, RP, BOS
140 Fitzgerald Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL
Round 15
Pick Owner Player
141 Fitzgerald Sergio Santos, RP, TOR
142 Tobin Max Scherzer, SP, DET
143 Madden Dee Gordon, SS, LAD
144 Sedano Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL
145 Melchior Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
146 Brodsky Nick Markakis, RF, BAL
147 Freedman Justin Masterson, SP, CLE
148 Thermidor Melky Cabrera, LF, SF
149 Di Fino Jason Heyward, RF, ATL
150 White Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR
Round 16
Pick Owner Player
151 White Lucas Duda, LF, NYM
152 Di Fino Francisco Liriano, SP, MIN
153 Thermidor Matt Joyce, RF, TB
154 Freedman Joe Nathan, RP, TEX
155 Brodsky Russell Martin, C, NYY
156 Melchior Jayson Werth, RF, WAS
157 Sedano Jason Motte, RP, STL
158 Madden Neftali Feliz, RP, TEX
159 Tobin Cameron Maybin, CF, SD
160 Fitzgerald Colby Lewis, SP, TEX
Round 17
Pick Owner Player
161 Fitzgerald Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
162 Tobin Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
163 Madden Nick Swisher, RF, NYY
164 Sedano Derek Holland, SP, TEX
165 Melchior Kyle Farnsworth, RP, TB
166 Brodsky Coco Crisp, CF, OAK
167 Freedman Carlos Beltran, CF, STL
168 Thermidor Jordan Walden, RP, LAA
169 Di Fino David Freese, 3B, STL
170 White Shaun Marcum, SP, MIL
Round 18
Pick Owner Player
171 White Brandon League, RP, SEA
172 Di Fino Johan Santana, SP, NYM
173 Thermidor Jeff Francoeur, RF, KC
174 Freedman Gaby Sanchez, 1B, MIA
175 Brodsky Sean Marshall, RP, CIN
176 Melchior Yadier Molina, C, STL
177 Sedano Kelly Johnson, 2B, TOR
178 Madden Jeff Niemann, SP, TB
179 Tobin Doug Fister, SP, DET
180 Fitzgerald J.P. Arencibia, C, TOR
Round 19
Pick Owner Player
181 Fitzgerald Austin Jackson, CF, DET
182 Tobin Brennan Boesch, RF, DET
183 Madden Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
184 Sedano Logan Morrison, LF, MIA
185 Melchior Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
186 Brodsky Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
187 Freedman Brandon McCarthy, SP, OAK
188 Thermidor Mat Gamel, 3B, MIL
189 Di Fino John Buck, C, MIA
190 White Brett Myers, SP, HOU
Round 20
Pick Owner Player
191 White Kendrys Morales, 1B, LAA
192 Di Fino Huston Street, RP, SD
193 Thermidor Lorenzo Cain, CF, KC
194 Freedman Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL
195 Brodsky Jhonny Peralta, SS, DET
196 Melchior Angel Pagan, CF, SF
197 Sedano Mark Buehrle, SP, MIA
198 Madden Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
199 Tobin Grant Balfour, RP, OAK
200 Fitzgerald Chase Headley, 3B, SD
Round 21
Pick Owner Player
201 Fitzgerald Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
202 Tobin Henderson Alvarez, SP, TOR
203 Madden Mark Trumbo, 1B, LAA
204 Sedano Ricky Nolasco, SP, MIA
205 Melchior John Danks, SP, CHW
206 Brodsky Jair Jurrjens, SP, ATL
207 Freedman J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
208 Thermidor Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, TOR
209 Di Fino Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
210 White Tim Hudson, SP, ATL
 
Team by Team
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Ryan Braun, LF, MIL
2.6 Robinson Cano, 2B, NYY
3.5 Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
4.6 Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
5.5 Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
6.6 Shane Victorino, CF, PHI
7.5 Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
8.6 Daniel Hudson, SP, ARI
9.5 Matt Moore, RP, TB
10.6 B.J. Upton, CF, TB
11.5 Billy Butler, DH, KC
12.6 Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
13.5 Brian Wilson, RP, SF
14.6 Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB
15.5 Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
16.6 Jayson Werth, RF, WAS
17.5 Kyle Farnsworth, RP, TB
18.6 Yadier Molina, C, STL
19.5 Ike Davis, 1B, NYM
20.6 Angel Pagan, CF, SF
21.5 John Danks, SP, CHW
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
2.9 Prince Fielder, 1B, DET
3.2 Ian Kinsler, 2B, TEX
4.9 James Shields, SP, TB
5.2 Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
6.9 Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL
7.2 Shin-Soo Choo, RF, CLE
8.9 Desmond Jennings, CF, TB
9.2 Matt Wieters, C, BAL
10.9 Alex Gordon, LF, KC
11.2 Brandon Beachy, SP, ATL
12.9 Erick Aybar, SS, LAA
13.2 Howard Kendrick, 2B, LAA
14.9 Andrew Bailey, RP, BOS
15.2 Max Scherzer, SP, DET
16.9 Cameron Maybin, CF, SD
17.2 Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
18.9 Doug Fister, SP, DET
19.2 Brennan Boesch, RF, DET
20.9 Grant Balfour, RP, OAK
21.2 Henderson Alvarez, SP, TOR
Jeremiah Thermidor
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Roy Halladay, SP, PHI
2.3 Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
3.8 Justin Upton, RF, ARI
4.3 Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
5.8 Ian Kennedy, SP, ARI
6.3 Buster Posey, C, SF
7.8 Hunter Pence, RF, PHI
8.3 Lance Berkman, RF, STL
9.8 Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW
10.3 Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
11.8 Anibal Sanchez, SP, MIA
12.3 Heath Bell, RP, MIA
13.8 Alexei Ramirez, SS, CHW
14.3 Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS
15.8 Melky Cabrera, LF, SF
16.3 Matt Joyce, RF, TB
17.8 Jordan Walden, RP, LAA
18.3 Jeff Francoeur, RF, KC
19.8 Mat Gamel, 3B, MIL
20.3 Lorenzo Cain, CF, KC
21.8 Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, TOR
Matt Brodsky
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
2.5 Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, BOS
3.6 Curtis Granderson, CF, NYY
4.5 Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
5.6 Kevin Youkilis, 3B, BOS
6.5 Joe Mauer, C, MIN
7.6 C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA
8.5 Michael Pineda, SP, NYY
9.6 Matt Cain, SP, SF
10.5 Chris Young, CF, ARI
11.6 Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
12.5 John Axford, RP, MIL
13.6 Martin Prado, LF, ATL
14.5 Wandy Rodriguez, SP, HOU
15.6 Nick Markakis, RF, BAL
16.5 Russell Martin, C, NYY
17.6 Coco Crisp, CF, OAK
18.5 Sean Marshall, RP, CIN
19.6 Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
20.5 Jhonny Peralta, SS, DET
21.6 Jair Jurrjens, SP, ATL
Michael Freedman
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, BOS
2.4 Justin Verlander, SP, DET
3.7 Brian McCann, C, ATL
4.4 Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
5.7 Jon Lester, SP, BOS
6.4 David Wright, 3B, NYM
7.7 Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
8.4 Mat Latos, SP, CIN
9.7 Michael Morse, 1B, WAS
10.4 Ichiro Suzuki, RF, SEA
11.7 Adam Jones, CF, BAL
12.4 Mariano Rivera, RP, NYY
13.7 Dustin Ackley, 2B, SEA
14.4 Jaime Garcia, SP, STL
15.7 Justin Masterson, SP, CLE
16.4 Joe Nathan, RP, TEX
17.7 Carlos Beltran, CF, STL
18.4 Gaby Sanchez, 1B, MIA
19.7 Brandon McCarthy, SP, OAK
20.4 Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL
21.7 J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL
2.2 Hanley Ramirez, SS, MIA
3.9 Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT
4.2 Zack Greinke, SP, MIL
5.9 Carl Crawford, LF, BOS
6.2 Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
7.9 Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL
8.2 Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
9.9 Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
10.2 Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
11.9 Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, CLE
12.2 Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
13.9 Joel Hanrahan, RP, PIT
14.2 Delmon Young, LF, DET
15.9 Jason Heyward, RF, ATL
16.2 Francisco Liriano, SP, MIN
17.9 David Freese, 3B, STL
18.2 Johan Santana, SP, NYM
19.9 John Buck, C, MIA
20.2 Huston Street, RP, SD
21.9 Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Jose Bautista, LF, TOR
2.8 Cliff Lee, SP, PHI
3.3 CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
4.8 Mike Napoli, C, TEX
5.3 Josh Hamilton, CF, TEX
6.8 Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB
7.3 Josh Johnson, SP, MIA
8.8 Michael Young, 3B, TEX
9.3 Tommy Hanson, SP, ATL
10.8 Adam Wainwright, SP, STL
11.3 David Ortiz, DH, BOS
12.8 Drew Storen, RP, WAS
13.3 J.J. Putz, RP, ARI
14.8 Andre Ethier, RF, LAD
15.3 Dee Gordon, SS, LAD
16.8 Neftali Feliz, RP, TEX
17.3 Nick Swisher, RF, NYY
18.8 Jeff Niemann, SP, TB
19.3 Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
20.8 Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
21.3 Mark Trumbo, 1B, LAA
Scott Fitzgerald
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
2.10 Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
3.1 Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA
4.10 Alex Avila, C, DET
5.1 Dan Haren, SP, LAA
6.10 Josh Beckett, SP, BOS
7.1 Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
8.10 Jemile Weeks, 2B, OAK
9.1 Michael Bourn, CF, ATL
10.10 Corey Hart, RF, MIL
11.1 Matt Garza, SP, CHC
12.10 Mark Reynolds, 3B, BAL
13.1 Brett Gardner, CF, NYY
14.10 Rafael Betancourt, RP, COL
15.1 Sergio Santos, RP, TOR
16.10 Colby Lewis, SP, TEX
17.1 Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
18.10 J.P. Arencibia, C, TOR
19.1 Austin Jackson, CF, DET
20.10 Chase Headley, 3B, SD
21.1 Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
2.1 Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
3.10 Jose Reyes, SS, MIA
4.1 Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA
5.10 Matt Holliday, LF, STL
6.1 Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
7.10 Madison Bumgarner, SP, SF
8.1 Jesus Montero, C, SEA
9.10 Emilio Bonifacio, SS, MIA
10.1 Ricky Romero, SP, TOR
11.10 Ervin Santana, SP, LAA
12.1 Cory Luebke, RP, SD
13.10 Drew Stubbs, CF, CIN
14.1 Jose Valverde, RP, DET
15.10 Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR
16.1 Lucas Duda, LF, NYM
17.10 Shaun Marcum, SP, MIL
18.1 Brandon League, RP, SEA
19.10 Brett Myers, SP, HOU
20.1 Kendrys Morales, 1B, LAA
21.10 Tim Hudson, SP, ATL
Jorge Sedano
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Matt Kemp, CF, LAD
2.7 Carlos Santana, C, CLE
3.4 Jered Weaver, SP, LAA
4.7 David Price, SP, TB
5.4 Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
6.7 Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL
7.4 Miguel Montero, C, ARI
8.7 Jay Bruce, RF, CIN
9.4 Nelson Cruz, RF, TEX
10.7 Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
11.4 Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
12.7 Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
13.4 Ryan Roberts, 3B, ARI
14.7 Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY
15.4 Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL
16.7 Jason Motte, RP, STL
17.4 Derek Holland, SP, TEX
18.7 Kelly Johnson, 2B, TOR
19.4 Logan Morrison, LF, MIA
20.7 Mark Buehrle, SP, MIA
21.4 Ricky Nolasco, SP, MIA

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Giants SS Brandon Crawford agrees to $3.175M salary for 2015
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"I don't think it's totally dead," McClendon said. "I would say it's probably a long shot. My plan, as we speak right now, is to maybe stretch him out in spring and just play with it a little bit and see what happens, but I think it's a long shot. He was just so good in the role he was in, it'd be hard to take him out of that role."

Wilhelmsen pitched multiple innings in 24 of his 57 appearances last year. The former closer went 3-2 with a 2.27 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings.

"I really tried not to change anything at all, [other than] try to simplify a little bit," Wilhelmsen said. "If I was going in in the fourth inning, I knew I'd have to throw two or three innings and I just really attacked the zone. But it's not like you don't attack the zone any other time. It's the same thing. You have to get outs."


Tigers' Castellanos works to be 'more comfortable' at 3B in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:17 pm ET) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos struggled in his first full year playing third base at the major-league level in 2014, so he is hard at work this offseason improving his defense

"Last year was [about] the actual ground-ball catching," Castellanos said, per MLB.com. "This year is a lot more [about] quickness, working on my range, lateral movement."

On top of committing 15 errors, Castellanos' Ultimate Zone Rating of negative-18.4 was nearly twice as bad as the next-lowest rating among third-base regulars. He also had a Defensive Runs Saved of minus-30 and a plus/minus rating of minus-39, which was lowest in the majors last year.

"I'm going to be more comfortable this year," Castellanos said. "Last year, I knew nobody [in terms of hitting tendencies]. Also I was getting used to the tempo of the game. It wasn't like I was in the big leagues for a while at another position and then had to go to third base. It was pretty much me making my first year in the big leagues at pretty much a new position, or trying to relearn an old position."


Santana, Escobar to compete to be Twins' starting shortstop
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:56 pm ET) While Danny Santana is considered the front-runner to be the Twins' starting shortstop, first-year manager Paul Molitor said nothing has been decided yet. Santana will compete with Eduardo Escobar for the starting job this spring.

"It's probably been one of the more awkward things for me this winter in dealing with that situation," Molitor said, per MLB.com. "Obviously, I have to go in there open-minded about how it will play out. I can't say Santana will be the shortstop because things can change. Escobar deserves an opportunity to play and whether it's spotting around the organization or he has to go back to shortstop, I can't tell you it all will work out."

Escobar started a team-high 86 games at shortstop in 2014 for Minnesota. He made it clear he wants to play every day, but is willing to play where Molitor needs him.

"This season is important for me," Escobar said. "I'm coming in ready to play. I don't know if I'm going to be the starting shortstop or not, but I've been working hard to be ready for spring training. If Molitor wants me to play shortstop, or wherever, I'm ready for it."

Santana said he is excited he is moving back to shortstop after making a team-high 62 starts in center field last year. He's been fielding 200 grounders per day in the Dominican Republic to get ready for the season.

"I'm very happy about playing shortstop. I was waiting for that moment," Santana said. "Shortstop is my natural position. I just need to keep working and I can do the same thing as last year."


Rockies' Bridich: 'Highly unlikely' Tulo, CarGo traded before opener
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:17 pm ET) Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich told FOX Sports on Tuesday that it is "highly, highly unlikely" shortstop Troy Tulowitzki or outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will be traded before opening day.

Tulowitzki, who has been linked to trade rumors involving the Mets this offseason, is under contract through 2020 on a six-year, $118 million deal. He is also recovering from August hip surgery.

Gonzalez is under contract through the 2017 season on a seven-year, $80 million contract. He is also recovering from surgery in August to repair the patellar tendon in his left knee.


Pitcher Johan Santana shut down in Venezuelan Winter League
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2:46 pm ET) Free-agent pitcher Johan Santana has been scratched from pitching in any of the remaining Venezuelan Winter League championship series games, reports FOXSports.

Santana has been experiencing discomfort in his shoulder. Teams that have indicated interest in Santana include the Yankees, Blue Jays, Padres. Santana's agent said Santana may still throw for major-league scouts, but wasn't sure.

He last pitched in the major leagues in 2012 and produced a 4.85 ERA in 21 starts.


 
 
 
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