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2013 Draft Prep: National League Rotisserie auction

Senior Fantasy Writer
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In most auctions, the freedom to pursue whomever you want would motivate you to go the extra dollar on the high-end types, content to fill in the back of your roster with a collection of low-dollar sleepers knowing that you can always fall back on the waiver wire.

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Then, there's our 12-team NL-only auction, where anyone and everyone with a job goes off the board.

Just about, anyway.

With standard 23-man starting lineups and seven bench slots, a full 360 players are rostered in this league. Only 375 are rostered in the actual NL.

In other words, there is no waiver wire to speak of, so while some owners may still opt for the studs-and-duds approach, few take it to the extreme. Only Ryan Braun reached the $40 threshold in this auction. Sick of getting goose eggs from the garbage players who normally go for $1 in this format, I personally opted for a more balanced approach, spending no more than $30 on any one player.

Compared to shallower mixed leagues, closers were in short supply here. You couldn't get one at a discount, not unless you wanted to gamble on Brandon League, who went for $9, holding off Kenley Jansen, who went for $8. Other than Craig Kimbrel, who went for a whopping $25, the rest pretty much all went in the $14-$19 range. Nobody really cared which one they got, but everybody wanted at least one.

Not everybody got one, though.

A shortage of corner infielders also led to some inflation in the middle stages of the auction. First base was expected, to a degree, with most of the elite types residing in the AL. The result was that players you'd normally consider mid-level types went for elite money or close to it, such as Freddie Freeman for $27, Paul Goldschmidt for $25 and Anthony Rizzo and Ike Davis for $24. Third base thinned out quicker than expected, though, which accounted for my one notable overpay of Matt Carpenter at $13. But I certainly like him as a sleeper in this format, particularly given his versatility. And just imagine if he wins the starting second base job in St. Louis. Quadruple eligibility? Yowzah!

At the risk of oversimplifying by applying a rigid term to an entirely fluid process, some other "overbids" that may have resulted from personal favoritism or unfortunate timing include Giancarlo Stanton at $39 (the result of a man crush, I presume), Martin Prado at $25 (yup, third base), Michael Young at $15 (ditto), Jean Segura at $14 (someone else's Carpenter), Starling Marte at $17 (last of the "safe" steals guys), Adam Eaton at $19 (steals again -- I was in on that one), Cameron Maybin at $15 (steals, aaah!), Jayson Werth at $20 (what am I missing?) and Kyuji Fujikawa at $6 (getting creative for saves).

Some of my favorite picks were A.J. Burnett for $9, Travis d'Arnaud for $8, Wade Miley for $7, Ryan Vogelsong for $6 and Bobby Parnell for $5. All were made at a point in the auction when owners' funds were dwindling, forcing them to hold out for need. Chances are if those players were nominated earlier, they would have gone for more.

And just who were making these picks? For a league this deep, we had to call in the reinforcements:

1. Andrew Fiorentino, RotoWire.com
2. Scott White , CBSSports.com
3. Mike Kuchera, FanDuel.com
4. Paul Sporer, Baseball Prospectus
5. Nando Di Fino, CBSSports.com
6. Grey Albright and Rudy Gamble, Razzball
7. Phil Ponebshek, Patton & Co
8. Jason Hunt, FakeTeams.com
9. Ryan Carey, Mastersball.com
10. Scott Pianowski, Yahoo! Sports
11. Al Melchior, CBSSports.com
12. Christopher Kreush, Mastersball.com

Editor's note: Utilize the sortable functionality to get a sense of the auction. View by team, dollar amount and position.

The 84 players that show up as $0 bids were selected in the seven-round reserve draft that immediately followed the auction.

2013 AL-only Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
360Josh Harrison, PIT2B$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
359Sean Gilmartin, ATLP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
358Fernando Salas, STLP$0Yahoo! Sports
357Michael Olmsted, MILP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
356Arodys Vizcaino, CHCP$0FakeTeams.com
355Luis Valbuena, CHC3B$0Patton & Co
354Freddy Garcia, SDP$0Razzball
353Reid Brignac, COLSS$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
352Alex Castellanos, LADOF$0Baseball Prospectus
351Jonathan Herrera, COLSS$0FanDuel.com
350Jim Henderson, MILP$0CBSSports.com (White)
349Freddy Galvis, PHI2B$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
348Tyler Thornburg, MILP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
347Yasiel Puig, LADOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
346Jack Hannahan, CIN3B$0FanDuel.com
345Brad Boxberger, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
344Brandon Inge, PIT3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
343Justin Turner, NYM2B$0Razzball
342Jose Valverde, N/AP$0Patton & Co
341Martin Maldonado, MILC$0FakeTeams.com
340Josh Vitters, CHC3B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
339Brad Ziegler, ARIP$0Yahoo! Sports
338Jon Rauch, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
337Edward Mujica, STLP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
336Logan Schafer, MILOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
335Tim Federowicz, LADC$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
334Yorvit Torrealba, COLC$0Yahoo! Sports
333J.J. Hoover, CINP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
332Jake Marisnick, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
331Kyle Blanks, SDOF$0Patton & Co
330Ronny Cedeno, STL2B$0Razzball
329Tony Cingrani, CINP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
328Kevin Slowey, MIAP$0Baseball Prospectus
327Ryan Theriot, SF2B$0FanDuel.com
326Matt Davidson, ARI3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
325Carlos Martinez, STLP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
324Tim Stauffer, SDP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
323Wilmer Flores, NYM3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
322Chris Snyder, WASC$0FanDuel.com
321Alex Presley, PITOF$0Baseball Prospectus
320Evan Gattis, ATLOF$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
319Tyler Cloyd, PHIP$0Razzball
318Charlie Blackmon, COLOF$0Patton & Co
317Christian Yelich, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
316Javier Vazquez, MIAP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
315Jordan Schafer, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
314John Lannan, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
313Xavier Paul, CINOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
312Dioner Navarro, CHCC$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
311Jose Fernandez, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
310Reed Johnson, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
309Jesus Guzman, SDOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
308Marlon Byrd, NYMOF$0FakeTeams.com
307Jonathan Sanchez, PITP$0Patton & Co
306Chris Narveson, MILP$0Razzball
305Randall Delgado, ARIP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
304Ramon Hernandez, COLC$0Baseball Prospectus
303Tyler Pastornicky, ATLSS$0FanDuel.com
302Carlos Villanueva, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (White)
301Brandon Lyon, NYMP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
300Mike Leake, CINP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
299Mike Adams, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (White)
298Joe Kelly, STLP$0FanDuel.com
297Casey Kelly, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
296Scott Feldman, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
295Laynce Nix, PHIOF$0Razzball
294Anthony Rendon, WAS3B$0Patton & Co
293Daniel Hudson, ARIP$0FakeTeams.com
292Greg Dobbs, MIAOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
291Yuniesky Betancourt, PHI2B$0Yahoo! Sports
290Ryan Wheeler, COL3B$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
289Jeff Karstens, PITP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
288Alex Gonzalez, MILSS$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
287Gorkys Hernandez, MIAOF$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
286Jason Marquis, SDP$0Yahoo! Sports
285Matt Adams, STL1B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
284Kyle McPherson, PITP$0FakeTeams.com
283Nolan Arenado, COL3B$0Patton & Co
282Rex Brothers, COLP$0Razzball
281Nick Punto, LAD3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
280Jerry Hairston, LAD3B$0Baseball Prospectus
279Anthony Bass, SDP$0FanDuel.com
278Mike Baxter, NYMOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
277Robbie Erlin, SDP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
276Antonio Bastardo, PHIP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
275Nate Eovaldi, MIAP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
274Edinson Volquez, SDP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
273Chone Figgins, MIAOF$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
272Jake Westbrook, STLP$1FanDuel.com
271Wily Peralta, MILP$2CBSSports.com (White)
270Travis Wood, CHCP$1Patton & Co
269Tyler Skaggs, ARIP$2Yahoo! Sports
268Brandon Beachy, ATLP$2CBSSports.com (White)
267Zack Wheeler, NYMP$1CBSSports.com (White)
266Skip Schumaker, LAD2B$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
265Chris Denorfia, SDOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
264Barry Zito, SFP$1Yahoo! Sports
263Wilton Lopez, COLP$1Patton & Co
262Taylor Green, MIL1B$1Razzball
261Casey Kotchman, MIA1B$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
260Jerry Sands, PITOF$1FanDuel.com
259Gerald Laird, ATLC$1CBSSports.com (White)
258Didi Gregorius, ARISS$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
257Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
256Jorge Soler, CHCOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
255Patrick Corbin, ARIP$2FanDuel.com
254Ian Stewart, CHC3B$1Patton & Co
253Andres Torres, SFOF$1Razzball
252Rod Barajas, ARIC$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
251Henderson Alvarez, MIAP$1FanDuel.com
250Michael McKenry, PITC$2Patton & Co
249DJ LeMahieu, COL2B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
248Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$3Mastersball.com (Kreush)
247Juan Nicasio, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
246Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Yahoo! Sports
245Hector Sanchez, SFC$2FakeTeams.com
244Sean Marshall, CINP$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
243Jordany Valdespin, NYMOF$2Yahoo! Sports
242Drew Pomeranz, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
241Brent Lillibridge, CHCOF$1FanDuel.com
240Erik Kratz, PHIC$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
239Jose Tabata, PITOF$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
238Ted Lilly, LADP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
237Bronson Arroyo, CINP$2Yahoo! Sports
236Julio Teheran, ATLP$3FakeTeams.com
235Nick Hundley, SDC$2Yahoo! Sports
234Mark Rogers, MILP$1Patton & Co
233Roger Bernadina, WASOF$1Razzball
232Todd Helton, COL1B$2FanDuel.com
231Eric Chavez, ARI3B$1Baseball Prospectus
230Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYMOF$1FanDuel.com
229Jonny Venters, ATLP$2FakeTeams.com
228Daniel Descalso, STL2B$4FakeTeams.com
227Gregor Blanco, SFOF$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
226Tony Campana, ARIOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
225Clayton Richard, SDP$2Yahoo! Sports
224Scott Baker, CHCP$1FakeTeams.com
223Dee Gordon, LADSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
222Scott Hairston, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
221Jacob Turner, MIAP$2CBSSports.com (White)
220Tyler Moore, WASOF$4Baseball Prospectus
219Clint Barmes, PITSS$2FakeTeams.com
218Kolten Wong, STL2B$4Baseball Prospectus
217Chris Heisey, CINOF$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
216Francisco Liriano, PITP$4CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
215Donovan Solano, MIA2B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
214Mark Melancon, PITP$1Yahoo! Sports
213Stephen Lombardozzi, WAS2B$6FanDuel.com
212Devin Mesoraco, CINC$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
211John Mayberry, PHIOF$5Patton & Co
210Brett Jackson, CHCOF$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
209Chris Nelson, COL3B$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
208Collin Cowgill, NYMOF$5Baseball Prospectus
207Carlos Lee, MIA1B$1FanDuel.com
206David Hernandez, ARIP$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
205John Buck, NYMC$3Razzball
204Gaby Sanchez, PIT1B$2Patton & Co
203Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
202James McDonald, PITP$3CBSSports.com (White)
201David DeJesus, CHCOF$6FakeTeams.com
200Placido Polanco, MIA3B$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
199Willie Bloomquist, ARISS$1Patton & Co
198Ty Wigginton, STL1B$2FakeTeams.com
197Wandy Rodriguez, PITP$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
196Ryan Hanigan, CINC$3Baseball Prospectus
195Dillon Gee, NYMP$5Razzball
194Kyle Kendrick, PHIP$3Yahoo! Sports
193Nate Schierholtz, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
192Tyler Clippard, WASP$5FakeTeams.com
191Cliff Pennington, ARISS$4Yahoo! Sports
190Darin Ruf, PHIOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
189Welington Castillo, CHCC$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
188A.J. Ellis, LADC$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
187Drew Storen, WASP$3Patton & Co
186Mark Ellis, LAD2B$6Razzball
185Ross Detwiler, WASP$3Mastersball.com (Carey)
184Brandon Crawford, SFSS$3Baseball Prospectus
183Ruben Tejada, NYMSS$7FanDuel.com
182Gerrit Cole, PITP$2Baseball Prospectus
181Travis Snider, PITOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
180Luis Cruz, LAD3B$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
179Hyun-Jin Ryu, LADP$6Razzball
178Chad Billingsley, LADP$3FakeTeams.com
177Rob Brantly, MIAC$8Razzball
176Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$6Mastersball.com (Carey)
175Frank Francisco, NYMP$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
174Kurt Suzuki, WASC$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
173Edwin Jackson, CHCP$6Razzball
172Rafael Furcal, STLSS$5Patton & Co
171Johan Santana, NYMP$6FanDuel.com
170Luke Gregerson, SDP$2Patton & Co
169Hunter Morris, MIL1B$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
168Tim Hudson, ATLP$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
167Andrew Cashner, SDP$5Baseball Prospectus
166Santiago Casilla, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
165A.J. Ramos, MIAP$1Mastersball.com (Carey)
164Will Venable, SDOF$9Razzball
163Kyuji Fujikawa, CHCP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
162Carlos Marmol, CHCP$8RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
161Brandon League, LADP$9Razzball
160Josh Beckett, LADP$8Baseball Prospectus
159Kyle Lohse, STLP$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
158Brian Wilson, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
157Jaime Garcia, STLP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
156Chris Capuano, LADP$4Razzball
155Tyler Colvin, COLOF$16CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
154Cody Ross, ARIOF$10RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
153Russell Martin, PITC$9CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
152Eric Young, COLOF$2Yahoo! Sports
151Bobby Parnell, NYMP$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
150Jonathan Broxton, CINP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
149Lucas Duda, NYMOF$10FakeTeams.com
148Logan Forsythe, SD2B$9Baseball Prospectus
147Trevor Cahill, ARIP$9RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
146Cory Luebke, SDP$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
145Wade Miley, ARIP$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
144Paul Maholm, ATLP$6Yahoo! Sports
143Jordan Pacheco, COL3B$6Yahoo! Sports
142Carlos Quentin, SDOF$11Baseball Prospectus
141Zack Cozart, CINSS$13FakeTeams.com
140Brandon Belt, SF1B$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
139Kenley Jansen, LADP$8FakeTeams.com
138Jason Grilli, PITP$16FanDuel.com
137Steve Cishek, MIAP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
136Rafael Betancourt, COLP$15Razzball
135Domonic Brown, PHIOF$6Baseball Prospectus
134Mike Minor, ATLP$13CBSSports.com (White)
133Delmon Young, PHIOF$7FanDuel.com
132A.J. Burnett, PITP$9FanDuel.com
131Travis d'Arnaud, NYMC$8Mastersball.com (Kreush)
130Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
129Trevor Rosenthal, STLP$6Baseball Prospectus
128Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA3B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
127Matt Harvey, NYMP$15CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
126Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
125Mike Fiers, MILP$9Razzball
124Oscar Taveras, STLOF$6CBSSports.com (White)
123Jason Kubel, ARIOF$14CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
122Wilson Ramos, WASC$10Baseball Prospectus
121Lance Lynn, STLP$17Baseball Prospectus
120Yonder Alonso, SD1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
119Miguel Montero, ARIC$15Mastersball.com (Carey)
118Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$10Patton & Co
117Huston Street, SDP$17Baseball Prospectus
116Shaun Marcum, NYMP$9Mastersball.com (Carey)
115Garrett Jones, PIT1B$12FakeTeams.com
114Brian McCann, ATLC$13Patton & Co
113Logan Morrison, MIAOF$14Mastersball.com (Carey)
112Brandon McCarthy, ARIP$8Razzball
111Ian Kennedy, ARIP$16CBSSports.com (White)
110Starling Marte, PITOF$17CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
109Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$16FakeTeams.com
108Denard Span, WASOF$15Yahoo! Sports
107Justin Ruggiano, MIAOF$12CBSSports.com (White)
106Carlos Beltran, STLOF$20FakeTeams.com
105Sergio Romo, SFP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
104Marco Scutaro, SF2B$13Yahoo! Sports
103Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
102Adam Eaton, ARIOF$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$18Patton & Co
100Jayson Werth, WASOF$20Baseball Prospectus
99Wilin Rosario, COLC$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
98Todd Frazier, CIN3B$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
97David Freese, STL3B$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
96Josh Rutledge, COLSS$17Mastersball.com (Carey)
95Dan Uggla, ATL2B$17FakeTeams.com
94Homer Bailey, CINP$12Mastersball.com (Carey)
93Chase Utley, PHI2B$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
92Hunter Pence, SFOF$19Razzball
91Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$24Mastersball.com (Carey)
90Matt Garza, CHCP$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
89Aaron Hill, ARI2B$22Yahoo! Sports
88Rafael Soriano, WASP$19FanDuel.com
87Ian Desmond, WASSS$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
86Matt Carpenter, STL1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
85B.J. Upton, ATLOF$29Yahoo! Sports
84Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
83Everth Cabrera, SDSS$13CBSSports.com (Melchior)
82Jonathon Niese, NYMP$15RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
81Ben Revere, PHIOF$17FakeTeams.com
80Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$19Patton & Co
79Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$27CBSSports.com (Melchior)
78Daniel Murphy, NYM2B$9FakeTeams.com
77Dexter Fowler, COLOF$16Patton & Co
76Norichika Aoki, MILOF$22Baseball Prospectus
75Jon Jay, STLOF$14CBSSports.com (Melchior)
74John Axford, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
73Neil Walker, PIT2B$16Razzball
72Tim Lincecum, SFP$19FakeTeams.com
71Yovani Gallardo, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
70Mat Latos, CINP$20CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
69Jason Motte, STLP$18Mastersball.com (Kreush)
68Cameron Maybin, SDOF$15Yahoo! Sports
67Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$22CBSSports.com (White)
66Johnny Cueto, CINP$19FanDuel.com
65Martin Prado, ARIOF$25Yahoo! Sports
64Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
63Juan Pierre, MIAOF$17Mastersball.com (Kreush)
62J.J. Putz, ARIP$16Mastersball.com (Carey)
61Shin-Soo Choo, CINOF$26CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
60Andre Ethier, LADOF$19Patton & Co
59Jean Segura, MILSS$14Razzball
58Matt Holliday, STLOF$27CBSSports.com (White)
57Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
56Roy Halladay, PHIP$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
55Ike Davis, NYM1B$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
54Zack Greinke, LADP$24FanDuel.com
53Corey Hart, MIL1B$17CBSSports.com (White)
52Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$24Razzball
51Yadier Molina, STLC$19Yahoo! Sports
50Juan Francisco, ATL3B$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
49Michael Young, PHI1B$15Patton & Co
48Chris Johnson, ATL3B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
47Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$18CBSSports.com (White)
46Marco Estrada, MILP$12CBSSports.com (White)
45Allen Craig, STL1B$27Baseball Prospectus
44Shelby Miller, STLP$8CBSSports.com (White)
43Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$25RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
42Adam Wainwright, STLP$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
41Gio Gonzalez, WASP$20Patton & Co
40Jason Heyward, ATLOF$28CBSSports.com (White)
39Buster Posey, SFC$31FanDuel.com
38Jedd Gyorko, SD3B$11Mastersball.com (Carey)
37Ryan Howard, PHI1B$21FanDuel.com
36Darwin Barney, CHC2B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
35Matt Cain, SFP$27Yahoo! Sports
34Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$24Razzball
33Hanley Ramirez, LAD3B$31CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
32Aroldis Chapman, CINP$17Razzball
31Adrian Gonzalez, LAD1B$26Razzball
30Carl Crawford, LADOF$19FanDuel.com
29Carlos Gomez, MILOF$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
28Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$37CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
27Dan Haren, WASP$15Baseball Prospectus
26Yasmani Grandal, SDC$10FanDuel.com
25Justin Upton, ATLOF$32Mastersball.com (Carey)
24Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$17FanDuel.com
23Madison Bumgarner, SFP$22Patton & Co
22David Wright, NYM3B$29Baseball Prospectus
21Cliff Lee, PHIP$26CBSSports.com (Melchior)
20Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$21Patton & Co
19Starlin Castro, CHCSS$28Mastersball.com (Carey)
18Cole Hamels, PHIP$26Patton & Co
17Chase Headley, SD3B$27Yahoo! Sports
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Red Sox's Henry Owens impresses during camp
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:19 am ET) Red Sox pitcher Henry Owens impressed during batting practice recently, according to the Boston Herald

Owens hadn't faced big league hitters since last spring training, and had something to prove. While Owens didn't have great fastball command during the session, his changeup was spot on. 

"Great deception, hard to pick up," catcher Ryan Hanigan said. "He got me on the changeup today because you can’t see the spin. It looks just like his fastball. That’s a huge advantage."

Pitching coach Juan Nieves agreed, but said he wasn't sure whether Owens was ready for the majors just yet. "Is anybody ready to come to the big leagues?" Nieves said. "I don’t know. We don’t know until they get there and experience the competition."

The 22-year-old Owens enters the year as the team's second-best prospect according to Baseball America. He posted a 2.94 ERA over two minor-league levels last year. 


Brewers GM confident Jean Segura will bounce back
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Brewers general manager Doug Melvin expressed confidence Saturday that shortstop Jean Segura will bounce back after a subpar 2014 season, the Journal Sentinel reports.

"I'm pretty confident he's going to bounce back," Melvin said. "He had a very good September. He had a lot of stuff going on last year. But everybody says he's a much happier person and everything. He's a good, athletic player that we need."

After delivering a .294 average, smacking 12 home runs and stealing 44 bases in 2013, Segura hit just .246/.289/.326 with five home runs, 31 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 513 at-bats in 2014.


Brewers' Dontrelle Willis making a good impression in camp
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Brewers pitcher Dontrelle Willis has made a favorable impression during camp, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

In particular, Willis has impressed manager Ron Roenicke. "He's got a great attitude," Roenicke said. "The things he said are exactly what you want a player to say. He gets it." Willis has also made a strong impression on his new teammates.

Willis, 33, has not pitched in the majors since 2011. He's attempting to make a come back with the Brewers this spring. 


Blue Jays' Michael Saunders: 'No pain' day after surgery
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders said Saturday that he's feeling no pain one day after undergoing knee surgery, the Toronto Sun reports.

"I feel great," Saunders said. "I couldn’t believe it when I woke up this morning and I was walking around just fine. I walked out of surgery just fine. I actually started doing some exercises today and just got checked out by the doctor and he was pleasantly surprised with what he saw. There’s not as much swelling as he originally thought. Everything is checking out so far and everything is good news. No pain. It feels like I banged my knee on a pole and it’s a tiny bit swollen."

Saunders suffered a torn meniscus while tracking a foul ball Wednesday, tripping over a sprinkler head and hearing a popping sound. After initially being told he could need to have the meniscus repaired, a procedure that carries a recovery time of three-to-five months, Saunders had the torn portion of the meniscus removed, which places him on track to return to action within six weeks. While the outfielder is excited to be back on the field in a much shorter time, he indicated he'll be cautious with his rehab.

"I’m going to miss some spring training but it could be a lot worse," Saunders said. "My ligaments are intact. For me this is the best-case scenario. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure I’m ready to go. I’d love to say that I’ll be ready opening day. That’s my goal. But we’re targeting more mid-April, on the safe side. At the end of the day I have to listen to my knee. It’s a long season. I’m going to get this right the first time and not rush back."


Athletics' Doolittle hoping to throw in a week or two
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle is hoping to be cleared to throw in a week or two, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Doolittle was able to participate in strength tests on Saturday, and the results were positive. He has not been cleared to throw just yet, but is hoping that will come shortly. Doolittle has been sidelined by a shoulder injury during the start of camp. 

The 28-year-old posted a 2.73 ERA over 62 2/3 innings last year. 


Rays release OF Josh Sale
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) The Rays have released outfielder Josh Sale, Baseball America reports.

Sale was suspended for use of performance-enhancing drugs in 2013 as well as for conduct detrimental to the team that same season. He received a 50-game suspension last August for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Before his most recent suspension, he hit .238/.313/.344 with four home runs and 46 RBI in 323 at-bats with high Class A Charlotte.


Yankees' Cashman downplays Bailey's chances of making team
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman downplayed reliever Andrew Bailey's chances of making the 25-man roster, according to the Journal News.

Bailey, 30, is attempting to come back from a shoulder injury. He has not pitched in the majors since 2013 due to the issue. While Bailey has been able to participate in bullpen sessions this spring, Cashman took a more realistic view of the situation. "It’s one of those things where, non-roster situation, it’s a flyer, and the odds are against it," Cashman said. "And it didn’t work out for us last year. But because of who he is, his makeup, his work ethic, all those things, it made it easier to say, 'All right, let's keep trying,'" he added. 

Cashman stressed that while things look good now, the team wants to see how Bailey will respond in game situations. Bailey, meanwhile, has been optimistic during camp, saying he feels like he's finally over his injury.

Bailey posted a 3.77 ERA over 28 2/3 innings back in 2013. 


Hinch: Astros' Torreyes has 'earned every chance to get a look'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Astros infielder Ronald Torreyes checks in at about 5-foot-6 and 130 pounds, but his success at avoiding strikeouts has manager A.J. Hinch ready to give him a chance at showing what he can do this spring, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"You like to see these guys play," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He can look to our starting lineup at the top or hitting first or second and he’ll see a guy who is pretty successful who is not the biggest guy in the world. I see a unique size for this level, but the way he’s hit and the way he’s performed he’s earned every chance to get a look."

Torreyes was added to the team's 40-man roster in November after hitting .298/.345/.376 with two home runs, 46 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 460 at-bats with Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2014.

"He doesn’t look like a ballplayer because he’s little like me, but he’s a young bull," Astros second baseman Jose Altuve said. "He hits a lot and plays good defense. Last year they put him on the 40-man roster because he has a good chance to help us. There aren’t many players like him so skinny and little in the big leagues, so when you see him for the first time you say, 'You know he has to be good to be here.' Then when you see him hit you realize the organization has a good reason to give him this opportunity."

Torreyes will look for an opportunity to latch on as a utility player this spring. He's capable of seeing work at second base, shortstop and third base as well as in left field and center field.


Yoga has Twins' Trevor May 'much fresher than ever before'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Twins starting pitcher Trevor May has looked to improve flexibility coming into his competition for a rotation spot this spring by turning to yoga to help repeat his delivery, the Star Tribune reports.

"I’ve been doing yoga for 30 or 40 minutes every morning, and I’m much fresher than ever before," May said. "Every scouting report I’ve ever seen on myself says, 'Has trouble repeating his delivery.' Well, yoga is literally repeating moves, keeping your body under your control. I do the warrior pose, which is [the same as] striding and throwing a baseball. It has to help."

May initially struggled in his major-league debut last season, but he hopes the perseverance he showed and his improvements near the end of the season help set him apart in the battle for a rotation spot this spring.

"Obviously I don’t know exactly what the people who are making decisions are thinking, but showing I can be successful after having my face beat up for two months, showing I can work through it, it’s a trait you have to have," May said. "I take pride in the fact that I didn’t give up. I didn’t let it get me down."


Twins 1B Joe Mauer happy with 'normal' offseason
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was happy to have a "normal" offseason after dealing with concussion-like symptoms the previous year, MLB.com reports.

"I had a very productive offseason," Mauer said Saturday. "The last couple years I had a lot of things to deal with, especially last year with the concussion. I didn't really get a good base heading into the year. I feel great this year and I hope it stays that way."

Mauer believes that his vigorous stretching exercises this offseason will help keep him healthy in 2015.

"You have to pay attention to your body. I'm getting older," Mauer said. "I'm finding out what works and doesn't work. Trying to make adjustments."

Manager Paul Molitor indicated that he's noticed a difference in Mauer this spring.

"I think it means a lot for him," Molitor said. "I think coming back last year after what had happened the previous season, you always have those questions. He's got friends that have gone through it with Corey Koskie and Justin [Morneau]. We all know how validated our concern is over concussion issues. I'm sure there was a little hesitancy there. Like I said when I had a chance to visit with him this winter, he's excited to be back and not have to be concerned about those type of things."

Mauer endured a down offensive performance last season, hitting .277/.361/.371 with just four home runs in 455 at-bats.


 
 
 
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