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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
132A.J. Burnett, PITP$9FanDuel.com
188A.J. Ellis, LADC$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
165A.J. Ramos, MIAP$1Mastersball.com (Carey)
89Aaron Hill, ARI2B$22Yahoo! Sports
102Adam Eaton, ARIOF$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
84Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
42Adam Wainwright, STLP$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
128Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA3B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
31Adrian Gonzalez, LAD1B$26Razzball
352Alex Castellanos, LADOF$0Baseball Prospectus
288Alex Gonzalez, MILSS$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
321Alex Presley, PITOF$0Baseball Prospectus
118Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$10Patton & Co
45Allen Craig, STL1B$27Baseball Prospectus
60Andre Ethier, LADOF$19Patton & Co
12Andrelton Simmons, ATLSS$12Mastersball.com (Kreush)
253Andres Torres, SFOF$1Razzball
167Andrew Cashner, SDP$5Baseball Prospectus
11Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$34Yahoo! Sports
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$18Patton & Co
279Anthony Bass, SDP$0FanDuel.com
294Anthony Rendon, WAS3B$0Patton & Co
52Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$24Razzball
276Antonio Bastardo, PHIP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
34Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$24Razzball
356Arodys Vizcaino, CHCP$0FakeTeams.com
32Aroldis Chapman, CINP$17Razzball
85B.J. Upton, ATLOF$29Yahoo! Sports
264Barry Zito, SFP$1Yahoo! Sports
81Ben Revere, PHIOF$17FakeTeams.com
2Billy Hamilton, CINSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
151Bobby Parnell, NYMP$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
345Brad Boxberger, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
339Brad Ziegler, ARIP$0Yahoo! Sports
268Brandon Beachy, ATLP$2CBSSports.com (White)
140Brandon Belt, SF1B$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
184Brandon Crawford, SFSS$3Baseball Prospectus
344Brandon Inge, PIT3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
161Brandon League, LADP$9Razzball
301Brandon Lyon, NYMP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
112Brandon McCarthy, ARIP$8Razzball
91Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$24Mastersball.com (Carey)
241Brent Lillibridge, CHCOF$1FanDuel.com
210Brett Jackson, CHCOF$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
114Brian McCann, ATLC$13Patton & Co
158Brian Wilson, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
237Bronson Arroyo, CINP$2Yahoo! Sports
1Bryce Harper, WASOF$29RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
39Buster Posey, SFC$31FanDuel.com
68Cameron Maybin, SDOF$15Yahoo! Sports
30Carl Crawford, LADOF$19FanDuel.com
106Carlos Beltran, STLOF$20FakeTeams.com
29Carlos Gomez, MILOF$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
28Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$37CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
207Carlos Lee, MIA1B$1FanDuel.com
162Carlos Marmol, CHCP$8RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
325Carlos Martinez, STLP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
142Carlos Quentin, SDOF$11Baseball Prospectus
14Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$8CBSSports.com (White)
302Carlos Villanueva, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (White)
297Casey Kelly, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
261Casey Kotchman, MIA1B$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
178Chad Billingsley, LADP$3FakeTeams.com
318Charlie Blackmon, COLOF$0Patton & Co
17Chase Headley, SD3B$27Yahoo! Sports
93Chase Utley, PHI2B$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
273Chone Figgins, MIAOF$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
156Chris Capuano, LADP$4Razzball
265Chris Denorfia, SDOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
217Chris Heisey, CINOF$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
48Chris Johnson, ATL3B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
306Chris Narveson, MILP$0Razzball
209Chris Nelson, COL3B$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
322Chris Snyder, WASC$0FanDuel.com
317Christian Yelich, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
5Clayton Kershaw, LADP$31Mastersball.com (Kreush)
225Clayton Richard, SDP$2Yahoo! Sports
21Cliff Lee, PHIP$26CBSSports.com (Melchior)
191Cliff Pennington, ARISS$4Yahoo! Sports
219Clint Barmes, PITSS$2FakeTeams.com
154Cody Ross, ARIOF$10RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
18Cole Hamels, PHIP$26Patton & Co
208Collin Cowgill, NYMOF$5Baseball Prospectus
53Corey Hart, MIL1B$17CBSSports.com (White)
146Cory Luebke, SDP$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
9Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$25Mastersball.com (Kreush)
27Dan Haren, WASP$15Baseball Prospectus
95Dan Uggla, ATL2B$17FakeTeams.com
228Daniel Descalso, STL2B$4FakeTeams.com
293Daniel Hudson, ARIP$0FakeTeams.com
78Daniel Murphy, NYM2B$9FakeTeams.com
47Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$18CBSSports.com (White)
190Darin Ruf, PHIOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
36Darwin Barney, CHC2B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
201David DeJesus, CHCOF$6FakeTeams.com
97David Freese, STL3B$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
206David Hernandez, ARIP$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
22David Wright, NYM3B$29Baseball Prospectus
223Dee Gordon, LADSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
133Delmon Young, PHIOF$7FanDuel.com
108Denard Span, WASOF$15Yahoo! Sports
212Devin Mesoraco, CINC$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
77Dexter Fowler, COLOF$16Patton & Co
258Didi Gregorius, ARISS$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
195Dillon Gee, NYMP$5Razzball
312Dioner Navarro, CHCC$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
249DJ LeMahieu, COL2B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
135Domonic Brown, PHIOF$6Baseball Prospectus
215Donovan Solano, MIA2B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
242Drew Pomeranz, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
187Drew Storen, WASP$3Patton & Co
274Edinson Volquez, SDP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
337Edward Mujica, STLP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
173Edwin Jackson, CHCP$6Razzball
231Eric Chavez, ARI3B$1Baseball Prospectus
152Eric Young, COLOF$2Yahoo! Sports
240Erik Kratz, PHIC$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
320Evan Gattis, ATLOF$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
83Everth Cabrera, SDSS$13CBSSports.com (Melchior)
358Fernando Salas, STLP$0Yahoo! Sports
216Francisco Liriano, PITP$4CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
175Frank Francisco, NYMP$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
79Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$27CBSSports.com (Melchior)
349Freddy Galvis, PHI2B$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
354Freddy Garcia, SDP$0Razzball
204Gaby Sanchez, PIT1B$2Patton & Co
115Garrett Jones, PIT1B$12FakeTeams.com
259Gerald Laird, ATLC$1CBSSports.com (White)
203Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
182Gerrit Cole, PITP$2Baseball Prospectus
8Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$39FakeTeams.com
41Gio Gonzalez, WASP$20Patton & Co
287Gorkys Hernandez, MIAOF$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
292Greg Dobbs, MIAOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
227Gregor Blanco, SFOF$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
33Hanley Ramirez, LAD3B$31CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
245Hector Sanchez, SFC$2FakeTeams.com
251Henderson Alvarez, MIAP$1FanDuel.com
94Homer Bailey, CINP$12Mastersball.com (Carey)
169Hunter Morris, MIL1B$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
92Hunter Pence, SFOF$19Razzball
117Huston Street, SDP$17Baseball Prospectus
179Hyun-Jin Ryu, LADP$6Razzball
87Ian Desmond, WASSS$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
111Ian Kennedy, ARIP$16CBSSports.com (White)
254Ian Stewart, CHC3B$1Patton & Co
55Ike Davis, NYM1B$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
333J.J. Hoover, CINP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
62J.J. Putz, ARIP$16Mastersball.com (Carey)
346Jack Hannahan, CIN3B$0FanDuel.com
221Jacob Turner, MIAP$2CBSSports.com (White)
157Jaime Garcia, STLP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
332Jake Marisnick, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
272Jake Westbrook, STLP$1FanDuel.com
202James McDonald, PITP$3CBSSports.com (White)
138Jason Grilli, PITP$16FanDuel.com
40Jason Heyward, ATLOF$28CBSSports.com (White)
123Jason Kubel, ARIOF$14CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
286Jason Marquis, SDP$0Yahoo! Sports
69Jason Motte, STLP$18Mastersball.com (Kreush)
316Javier Vazquez, MIAP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
13Jay Bruce, CINOF$29Razzball
100Jayson Werth, WASOF$20Baseball Prospectus
59Jean Segura, MILSS$14Razzball
38Jedd Gyorko, SD3B$11Mastersball.com (Carey)
289Jeff Karstens, PITP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
15Jeff Samardzija, CHCP$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
280Jerry Hairston, LAD3B$0Baseball Prospectus
260Jerry Sands, PITOF$1FanDuel.com
309Jesus Guzman, SDOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
257Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
350Jim Henderson, MILP$0CBSSports.com (White)
57Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
298Joe Kelly, STLP$0FanDuel.com
7Joey Votto, CIN1B$37Patton & Co
171Johan Santana, NYMP$6FanDuel.com
74John Axford, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
205John Buck, NYMC$3Razzball
314John Lannan, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
211John Mayberry, PHIOF$5Patton & Co
66Johnny Cueto, CINP$19FanDuel.com
75Jon Jay, STLOF$14CBSSports.com (Melchior)
338Jon Rauch, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
150Jonathan Broxton, CINP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
351Jonathan Herrera, COLSS$0FanDuel.com
109Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$16FakeTeams.com
80Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$19Patton & Co
307Jonathan Sanchez, PITP$0Patton & Co
82Jonathon Niese, NYMP$15RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
229Jonny Venters, ATLP$2FakeTeams.com
143Jordan Pacheco, COL3B$6Yahoo! Sports
315Jordan Schafer, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
126Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
243Jordany Valdespin, NYMOF$2Yahoo! Sports
248Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$3Mastersball.com (Kreush)
256Jorge Soler, CHCOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
311Jose Fernandez, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
239Jose Tabata, PITOF$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
342Jose Valverde, N/AP$0Patton & Co
160Josh Beckett, LADP$8Baseball Prospectus
360Josh Harrison, PIT2B$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
96Josh Rutledge, COLSS$17Mastersball.com (Carey)
340Josh Vitters, CHC3B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
50Juan Francisco, ATL3B$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
247Juan Nicasio, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
63Juan Pierre, MIAOF$17Mastersball.com (Kreush)
236Julio Teheran, ATLP$3FakeTeams.com
107Justin Ruggiano, MIAOF$12CBSSports.com (White)
343Justin Turner, NYM2B$0Razzball
25Justin Upton, ATLOF$32Mastersball.com (Carey)
139Kenley Jansen, LADP$8FakeTeams.com
328Kevin Slowey, MIAP$0Baseball Prospectus
230Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYMOF$1FanDuel.com
218Kolten Wong, STL2B$4Baseball Prospectus
3Kris Medlen, ATLP$20FakeTeams.com
174Kurt Suzuki, WASC$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
331Kyle Blanks, SDOF$0Patton & Co
194Kyle Kendrick, PHIP$3Yahoo! Sports
159Kyle Lohse, STLP$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
284Kyle McPherson, PITP$0FakeTeams.com
163Kyuji Fujikawa, CHCP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
121Lance Lynn, STLP$17Baseball Prospectus
295Laynce Nix, PHIOF$0Razzball
148Logan Forsythe, SD2B$9Baseball Prospectus
113Logan Morrison, MIAOF$14Mastersball.com (Carey)
336Logan Schafer, MILOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
149Lucas Duda, NYMOF$10FakeTeams.com
180Luis Cruz, LAD3B$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
355Luis Valbuena, CHC3B$0Patton & Co
170Luke Gregerson, SDP$2Patton & Co
23Madison Bumgarner, SFP$22Patton & Co
46Marco Estrada, MILP$12CBSSports.com (White)
104Marco Scutaro, SF2B$13Yahoo! Sports
186Mark Ellis, LAD2B$6Razzball
214Mark Melancon, PITP$1Yahoo! Sports
234Mark Rogers, MILP$1Patton & Co
308Marlon Byrd, NYMOF$0FakeTeams.com
341Martin Maldonado, MILC$0FakeTeams.com
65Martin Prado, ARIOF$25Yahoo! Sports
70Mat Latos, CINP$20CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
285Matt Adams, STL1B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
35Matt Cain, SFP$27Yahoo! Sports
86Matt Carpenter, STL1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
326Matt Davidson, ARI3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
90Matt Garza, CHCP$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
127Matt Harvey, NYMP$15CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
58Matt Holliday, STLOF$27CBSSports.com (White)
6Matt Kemp, LADOF$39FanDuel.com
103Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
250Michael McKenry, PITC$2Patton & Co
357Michael Olmsted, MILP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
49Michael Young, PHI1B$15Patton & Co
119Miguel Montero, ARIC$15Mastersball.com (Carey)
299Mike Adams, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (White)
278Mike Baxter, NYMOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
125Mike Fiers, MILP$9Razzball
300Mike Leake, CINP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
134Mike Minor, ATLP$13CBSSports.com (White)
275Nate Eovaldi, MIAP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
193Nate Schierholtz, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
73Neil Walker, PIT2B$16Razzball
235Nick Hundley, SDC$2Yahoo! Sports
281Nick Punto, LAD3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
283Nolan Arenado, COL3B$0Patton & Co
76Norichika Aoki, MILOF$22Baseball Prospectus
124Oscar Taveras, STLOF$6CBSSports.com (White)
67Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$22CBSSports.com (White)
255Patrick Corbin, ARIP$2FanDuel.com
43Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$25RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
144Paul Maholm, ATLP$6Yahoo! Sports
24Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$17FanDuel.com
200Placido Polanco, MIA3B$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
136Rafael Betancourt, COLP$15Razzball
172Rafael Furcal, STLSS$5Patton & Co
88Rafael Soriano, WASP$19FanDuel.com
304Ramon Hernandez, COLC$0Baseball Prospectus
305Randall Delgado, ARIP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
310Reed Johnson, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
353Reid Brignac, COLSS$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
282Rex Brothers, COLP$0Razzball
20Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$21Patton & Co
246Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Yahoo! Sports
177Rob Brantly, MIAC$8Razzball
277Robbie Erlin, SDP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
252Rod Barajas, ARIC$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
233Roger Bernadina, WASOF$1Razzball
330Ronny Cedeno, STL2B$0Razzball
185Ross Detwiler, WASP$3Mastersball.com (Carey)
56Roy Halladay, PHIP$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
183Ruben Tejada, NYMSS$7FanDuel.com
153Russell Martin, PITC$9CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
4Ryan Braun, MILOF$40CBSSports.com (Melchior)
196Ryan Hanigan, CINC$3Baseball Prospectus
37Ryan Howard, PHI1B$21FanDuel.com
130Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
327Ryan Theriot, SF2B$0FanDuel.com
176Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$6Mastersball.com (Carey)
290Ryan Wheeler, COL3B$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
64Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
166Santiago Casilla, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
224Scott Baker, CHCP$1FakeTeams.com
296Scott Feldman, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
222Scott Hairston, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
359Sean Gilmartin, ATLP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
244Sean Marshall, CINP$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
105Sergio Romo, SFP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
116Shaun Marcum, NYMP$9Mastersball.com (Carey)
44Shelby Miller, STLP$8CBSSports.com (White)
61Shin-Soo Choo, CINOF$26CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
266Skip Schumaker, LAD2B$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
19Starlin Castro, CHCSS$28Mastersball.com (Carey)
110Starling Marte, PITOF$17CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
213Stephen Lombardozzi, WAS2B$6FanDuel.com
10Stephen Strasburg, WASP$30FakeTeams.com
137Steve Cishek, MIAP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
262Taylor Green, MIL1B$1Razzball
238Ted Lilly, LADP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
335Tim Federowicz, LADC$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
168Tim Hudson, ATLP$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
72Tim Lincecum, SFP$19FakeTeams.com
324Tim Stauffer, SDP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
98Todd Frazier, CIN3B$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
232Todd Helton, COL1B$2FanDuel.com
226Tony Campana, ARIOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
329Tony Cingrani, CINP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
131Travis d'Arnaud, NYMC$8Mastersball.com (Kreush)
181Travis Snider, PITOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
270Travis Wood, CHCP$1Patton & Co
147Trevor Cahill, ARIP$9RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
129Trevor Rosenthal, STLP$6Baseball Prospectus
16Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$30CBSSports.com (White)
198Ty Wigginton, STL1B$2FakeTeams.com
192Tyler Clippard, WASP$5FakeTeams.com
319Tyler Cloyd, PHIP$0Razzball
155Tyler Colvin, COLOF$16CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
220Tyler Moore, WASOF$4Baseball Prospectus
303Tyler Pastornicky, ATLSS$0FanDuel.com
269Tyler Skaggs, ARIP$2Yahoo! Sports
348Tyler Thornburg, MILP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
145Wade Miley, ARIP$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
197Wandy Rodriguez, PITP$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
189Welington Castillo, CHCC$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
99Wilin Rosario, COLC$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
164Will Venable, SDOF$9Razzball
199Willie Bloomquist, ARISS$1Patton & Co
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122Wilson Ramos, WASC$10Baseball Prospectus
263Wilton Lopez, COLP$1Patton & Co
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51Yadier Molina, STLC$19Yahoo! Sports
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120Yonder Alonso, SD1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
334Yorvit Torrealba, COLC$0Yahoo! Sports
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291Yuniesky Betancourt, PHI2B$0Yahoo! Sports
141Zack Cozart, CINSS$13FakeTeams.com
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Bud Norris remains without update for contract extension
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:24 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Bud Norris said Saturday nothing has changed between he and the organization for a new contract.

"I haven't heard anything of that," Norris said. "I don't see a reason why I'd want to leave, but that's out of my control."

Norris and the Orioles are preparing for arbitration, when Norris filed for $10.25 million and Baltimore offered $7.5 million. He went 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA and 139:52 K:BB ratio in 165 1/3 innings over 28 starts in 2014.


Orioles' Chris Davis calls using Adderall in 2013 'a moment of weakness'
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11:56 am ET) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis told reporters Saturday he was denied an exemption for Adderall in 2013 but he took it anyway.

"It was a moment of weakness," Davis said. He was diagnosed with ADD in 2008 and it isn't a performance enhancer for someone who needs it for medical reasons, according to Davis.

"For me, it was off the field, just an everyday life thing," he said. "I was a little overwhelmed, just kind of with everything that was going on with the (oblique) injury. There were a lot of different things that were taking my focus away from baseball. It was a mistake that I wish I could undo, but I can't, so I've just got to move forward."

Davis has one game remaining on his 25-game suspension for amphetamines, which he test posted for in September last year. He finished with a .196 batting average with 26 home runs and 72 RBI.


Report: David Aardsma to throw bullpen next week for teams
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:07 am ET) Free-agent pitcher David Aardsma will throw a bullpen session for interested teams next week, according to his agent, Jamie Murphy.

"(Aardsma) is looking to showcase added velocity after a change in mechanics and an extremely intense offseason workout regimen," Murphy told FoxSports.com senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal.

Aardsma missed the entire 2014 season after suffering a torn adductor muscle. He was last with the Mets in 2013 when he posted a 2-2 record with a 4.31 ERA and 36 strikeouts.


Orioles' Jonathan Schoop trying to cut weight for upcoming season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:37 am ET) Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop wants to raise the level of his game for the 2015 season. The 22-year-old is hoping to be more mentally and physically prepared for the grind of the 162-game season.

"My weight is lower than last year. I want to have more range and be faster. Trying to steal some more bases and be faster for the team on the bases to help put more pressure on the defense." Schoop said. "I learned a lot from my teammates. They helped me a lot. One year of experience. I'm better than last year. Mentally and physically, everything. My ups and downs helped me a lot to know myself better too."

Schoop, who hit .209 with 16 home runs and 45 RBI in 2014, is also taking more advice from his teammates about his approach at the plate.

"Be patient. Don't chase too many pitches. Let them throw strikes and swing at strikes. Just have to work on getting better pitches to hit. See how they pitch you. If I can do that, I'll be better," he said. "I worked on everything (this winter). I want to get faster. You have to work on all of it, speed, defense. I want to be a better player than last year."


Twins' Byron Buxton named No. 1 prospect by MLB.com
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:00 am ET) Twins outfielder Byron Buxton was named the top prospect in baseball by MLB.com Friday.

Buxton played just 31 games in 2014 due to wrist and concussion issues and finished with a .240/.313/.405 line along with four home runs, 16 RBI and six stolen bases in 121 at-bats with high Class A Fort Myers. He also went 0 for 3 at the Double-A level. Buxton is making his second straight appearance atop MLB.com's top prospect list.

The rest of MLB.com's top-five prospects (in order) are Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, Astros shotstop Carlos Correa, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. None of the quartet appeared in the top five of last year's MLB.com prospect list, though all four cracked the top 12.


Red Sox designate Drake Britton for assignment
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) The Red Sox designated pitcher Drake Britton for assignment Friday, clearing a roster spot for pitcher Alexi Ogando.

Britton appeared in seven games with the Red Sox in 2014, tossing 6 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out four batters and walking two. He posted a 5.86 ERA and 37:38 K:BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings with Triple-A Pawtucket.


Peter Moylan 'doing fantastic' in return from Tommy John
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Free-agent pitcher Peter Moylan indicated Friday that he's "doing fantastic" in his return from his second Tommy John surgery, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"I’m doing fantastic, mate. Dropped 35 pounds," Moylan said. “My goal is to be 100 percent by end of spring. Ball is coming out great, though. Probably have to throw for some teams right around the start of spring to gauge interest, but there have already been some nibbles, which is encouraging."

Moylan underwent the procedure last March after receiving a non-roster invitation from the Astros. He's throwing from about 70 percent strength off a mound and in the process of deciding whether to sign a a deal in the near future or after the season begins. He hopes to resume pitching in the big leagues by midseason at the earliest.

Moylan has made 309 appearances since debuting in 2006, compiling a 21-9 record, 2.80 ERA and 213:121 K:BB ratio in 276 innings.


Braves' Shelby Miller: Sinker is 'going to take me to the next level'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Braves starting pitcher Shelby Miller had an up-and-down season with the Cardinals in 2014. He began the season by going 6-2 with a 2.79 ERA before going 2-7 with a 5.11 ERA over his next 16 appearances (15 starts).

Miller, however, was able to finish the season on a high note, going 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and .190 opponents' batting average over his final seven starts. Miller attributes his success down the stretch to incorporating a sinker into his repertoire, per FOX Sports South.

"I said I'm going to throw some of these, and we'll see where it's at," Miller said of a conversation he had with catcher A.J. Pierzynski before an Aug. 23 start against the Phillies. "It felt good so we just went with it. I started throwing it literally within three days. It's a good pitch that I picked up quick.

"I still need a lot of work with it. I need a lot of work with all my pitches. There's all sorts of ways to get better. But I think that's definitely a pitch that will help me be more efficient and take me deeper into games. That's [the sinker] going to be a huge pitch for me this year that's ultimately going to take me to the next level. Not only that but kind of mixing it all together, becoming more of a complete pitcher more than a thrower."

Miller added he will also begin to work more on his changeup, which he threw just 2.2 percent of the time in 2014, per FanGraphs.com.

"I know [Braves pitching coach] Roger [McDowell] has been known for changeups," Miller said. "A lot of great pitchers have come through this organization, [and] that's a pitch I would love to pick up. I want to be able to throw it more consistently, [and] have a little bit more confidence in it."


Scott Baker agrees to minor-league deal with Yankees
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) The Yankees agreed to a minor-league deal with pitcher Scott Baker, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. If Baker makes the major-league roster, he will be paid $1.5 million.

Baker made 25 appearances (eight starts) for the Rangers in 2014, going 3-4 with a 5.47 ERA. He had 55 strikeouts in 80 2/3 innings.


Rockies designate Jayson Aquino for assignment
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) After completing a two-team trade Friday, the Rockies decided to designate Jayson Aquino for assignment, the team announced.

Aquino spent 2014 bouncing around the minor league, pitching in 18 games with a 5.13 ERA in 107 innings pitched. He went 5-10 with 83 strikeouts in stints with both Double-A Tulsa and Class A Modesto.


 
 
 
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