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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
45Allen Craig, STL1B$27Baseball Prospectus
261Casey Kotchman, MIA1B$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
79Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$27CBSSports.com (Melchior)
120Yonder Alonso, SD1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
86Matt Carpenter, STL1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
53Corey Hart, MIL1B$17CBSSports.com (White)
198Ty Wigginton, STL1B$2FakeTeams.com
115Garrett Jones, PIT1B$12FakeTeams.com
232Todd Helton, COL1B$2FanDuel.com
207Carlos Lee, MIA1B$1FanDuel.com
37Ryan Howard, PHI1B$21FanDuel.com
285Matt Adams, STL1B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
84Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
55Ike Davis, NYM1B$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
204Gaby Sanchez, PIT1B$2Patton & Co
49Michael Young, PHI1B$15Patton & Co
7Joey Votto, CIN1B$37Patton & Co
262Taylor Green, MIL1B$1Razzball
52Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$24Razzball
31Adrian Gonzalez, LAD1B$26Razzball
169Hunter Morris, MIL1B$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
140Brandon Belt, SF1B$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
43Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$25RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
218Kolten Wong, STL2B$4Baseball Prospectus
148Logan Forsythe, SD2B$9Baseball Prospectus
249DJ LeMahieu, COL2B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
215Donovan Solano, MIA2B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
93Chase Utley, PHI2B$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
47Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$18CBSSports.com (White)
228Daniel Descalso, STL2B$4FakeTeams.com
95Dan Uggla, ATL2B$17FakeTeams.com
78Daniel Murphy, NYM2B$9FakeTeams.com
327Ryan Theriot, SF2B$0FanDuel.com
213Stephen Lombardozzi, WAS2B$6FanDuel.com
91Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$24Mastersball.com (Carey)
360Josh Harrison, PIT2B$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
36Darwin Barney, CHC2B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
20Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$21Patton & Co
343Justin Turner, NYM2B$0Razzball
330Ronny Cedeno, STL2B$0Razzball
186Mark Ellis, LAD2B$6Razzball
73Neil Walker, PIT2B$16Razzball
349Freddy Galvis, PHI2B$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
266Skip Schumaker, LAD2B$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
291Yuniesky Betancourt, PHI2B$0Yahoo! Sports
104Marco Scutaro, SF2B$13Yahoo! Sports
89Aaron Hill, ARI2B$22Yahoo! Sports
280Jerry Hairston, LAD3B$0Baseball Prospectus
231Eric Chavez, ARI3B$1Baseball Prospectus
22David Wright, NYM3B$29Baseball Prospectus
344Brandon Inge, PIT3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
281Nick Punto, LAD3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
128Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA3B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
64Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
33Hanley Ramirez, LAD3B$31CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
290Ryan Wheeler, COL3B$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
97David Freese, STL3B$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
50Juan Francisco, ATL3B$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
326Matt Davidson, ARI3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
323Wilmer Flores, NYM3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
67Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$22CBSSports.com (White)
346Jack Hannahan, CIN3B$0FanDuel.com
24Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$17FanDuel.com
340Josh Vitters, CHC3B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
200Placido Polanco, MIA3B$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
38Jedd Gyorko, SD3B$11Mastersball.com (Carey)
209Chris Nelson, COL3B$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
48Chris Johnson, ATL3B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
355Luis Valbuena, CHC3B$0Patton & Co
294Anthony Rendon, WAS3B$0Patton & Co
283Nolan Arenado, COL3B$0Patton & Co
254Ian Stewart, CHC3B$1Patton & Co
34Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$24Razzball
180Luis Cruz, LAD3B$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
98Todd Frazier, CIN3B$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
143Jordan Pacheco, COL3B$6Yahoo! Sports
17Chase Headley, SD3B$27Yahoo! Sports
304Ramon Hernandez, COLC$0Baseball Prospectus
196Ryan Hanigan, CINC$3Baseball Prospectus
122Wilson Ramos, WASC$10Baseball Prospectus
252Rod Barajas, ARIC$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
153Russell Martin, PITC$9CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
335Tim Federowicz, LADC$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
189Welington Castillo, CHCC$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
174Kurt Suzuki, WASC$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
259Gerald Laird, ATLC$1CBSSports.com (White)
14Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$8CBSSports.com (White)
341Martin Maldonado, MILC$0FakeTeams.com
245Hector Sanchez, SFC$2FakeTeams.com
109Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$16FakeTeams.com
322Chris Snyder, WASC$0FanDuel.com
39Buster Posey, SFC$31FanDuel.com
26Yasmani Grandal, SDC$10FanDuel.com
188A.J. Ellis, LADC$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
119Miguel Montero, ARIC$15Mastersball.com (Carey)
312Dioner Navarro, CHCC$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
240Erik Kratz, PHIC$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
131Travis d'Arnaud, NYMC$8Mastersball.com (Kreush)
250Michael McKenry, PITC$2Patton & Co
114Brian McCann, ATLC$13Patton & Co
205John Buck, NYMC$3Razzball
177Rob Brantly, MIAC$8Razzball
212Devin Mesoraco, CINC$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
99Wilin Rosario, COLC$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
334Yorvit Torrealba, COLC$0Yahoo! Sports
235Nick Hundley, SDC$2Yahoo! Sports
51Yadier Molina, STLC$19Yahoo! Sports
352Alex Castellanos, LADOF$0Baseball Prospectus
321Alex Presley, PITOF$0Baseball Prospectus
220Tyler Moore, WASOF$4Baseball Prospectus
208Collin Cowgill, NYMOF$5Baseball Prospectus
142Carlos Quentin, SDOF$11Baseball Prospectus
135Domonic Brown, PHIOF$6Baseball Prospectus
100Jayson Werth, WASOF$20Baseball Prospectus
76Norichika Aoki, MILOF$22Baseball Prospectus
320Evan Gattis, ATLOF$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
273Chone Figgins, MIAOF$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
155Tyler Colvin, COLOF$16CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
123Jason Kubel, ARIOF$14CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
110Starling Marte, PITOF$17CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
61Shin-Soo Choo, CINOF$26CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
28Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$37CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
287Gorkys Hernandez, MIAOF$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
265Chris Denorfia, SDOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
256Jorge Soler, CHCOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
226Tony Campana, ARIOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
130Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
75Jon Jay, STLOF$14CBSSports.com (Melchior)
4Ryan Braun, MILOF$40CBSSports.com (Melchior)
347Yasiel Puig, LADOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
278Mike Baxter, NYMOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
124Oscar Taveras, STLOF$6CBSSports.com (White)
107Justin Ruggiano, MIAOF$12CBSSports.com (White)
58Matt Holliday, STLOF$27CBSSports.com (White)
40Jason Heyward, ATLOF$28CBSSports.com (White)
332Jake Marisnick, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
317Christian Yelich, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
308Marlon Byrd, NYMOF$0FakeTeams.com
201David DeJesus, CHCOF$6FakeTeams.com
149Lucas Duda, NYMOF$10FakeTeams.com
106Carlos Beltran, STLOF$20FakeTeams.com
81Ben Revere, PHIOF$17FakeTeams.com
8Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$39FakeTeams.com
260Jerry Sands, PITOF$1FanDuel.com
241Brent Lillibridge, CHCOF$1FanDuel.com
230Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYMOF$1FanDuel.com
133Delmon Young, PHIOF$7FanDuel.com
30Carl Crawford, LADOF$19FanDuel.com
6Matt Kemp, LADOF$39FanDuel.com
309Jesus Guzman, SDOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
292Greg Dobbs, MIAOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
222Scott Hairston, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
210Brett Jackson, CHCOF$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
190Darin Ruf, PHIOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
181Travis Snider, PITOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
113Logan Morrison, MIAOF$14Mastersball.com (Carey)
29Carlos Gomez, MILOF$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
25Justin Upton, ATLOF$32Mastersball.com (Carey)
336Logan Schafer, MILOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
313Xavier Paul, CINOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
227Gregor Blanco, SFOF$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
203Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
193Nate Schierholtz, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
103Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
63Juan Pierre, MIAOF$17Mastersball.com (Kreush)
331Kyle Blanks, SDOF$0Patton & Co
318Charlie Blackmon, COLOF$0Patton & Co
211John Mayberry, PHIOF$5Patton & Co
118Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$10Patton & Co
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$18Patton & Co
77Dexter Fowler, COLOF$16Patton & Co
60Andre Ethier, LADOF$19Patton & Co
295Laynce Nix, PHIOF$0Razzball
253Andres Torres, SFOF$1Razzball
233Roger Bernadina, WASOF$1Razzball
164Will Venable, SDOF$9Razzball
92Hunter Pence, SFOF$19Razzball
13Jay Bruce, CINOF$29Razzball
1Bryce Harper, WASOF$29RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
239Jose Tabata, PITOF$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
217Chris Heisey, CINOF$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
154Cody Ross, ARIOF$10RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
102Adam Eaton, ARIOF$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
315Jordan Schafer, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
310Reed Johnson, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
243Jordany Valdespin, NYMOF$2Yahoo! Sports
152Eric Young, COLOF$2Yahoo! Sports
108Denard Span, WASOF$15Yahoo! Sports
85B.J. Upton, ATLOF$29Yahoo! Sports
68Cameron Maybin, SDOF$15Yahoo! Sports
65Martin Prado, ARIOF$25Yahoo! Sports
11Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$34Yahoo! Sports
345Brad Boxberger, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
328Kevin Slowey, MIAP$0Baseball Prospectus
297Casey Kelly, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
182Gerrit Cole, PITP$2Baseball Prospectus
167Andrew Cashner, SDP$5Baseball Prospectus
160Josh Beckett, LADP$8Baseball Prospectus
129Trevor Rosenthal, STLP$6Baseball Prospectus
121Lance Lynn, STLP$17Baseball Prospectus
117Huston Street, SDP$17Baseball Prospectus
74John Axford, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
71Yovani Gallardo, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
27Dan Haren, WASP$15Baseball Prospectus
329Tony Cingrani, CINP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
305Randall Delgado, ARIP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
296Scott Feldman, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
276Antonio Bastardo, PHIP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
275Nate Eovaldi, MIAP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
274Edinson Volquez, SDP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
242Drew Pomeranz, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
216Francisco Liriano, PITP$4CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
166Santiago Casilla, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
158Brian Wilson, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
127Matt Harvey, NYMP$15CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
70Mat Latos, CINP$20CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
359Sean Gilmartin, ATLP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
338Jon Rauch, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
314John Lannan, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
311Jose Fernandez, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
247Juan Nicasio, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
175Frank Francisco, NYMP$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
163Kyuji Fujikawa, CHCP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
157Jaime Garcia, STLP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
145Wade Miley, ARIP$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
105Sergio Romo, SFP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
90Matt Garza, CHCP$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
42Adam Wainwright, STLP$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
21Cliff Lee, PHIP$26CBSSports.com (Melchior)
350Jim Henderson, MILP$0CBSSports.com (White)
302Carlos Villanueva, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (White)
299Mike Adams, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (White)
271Wily Peralta, MILP$2CBSSports.com (White)
268Brandon Beachy, ATLP$2CBSSports.com (White)
267Zack Wheeler, NYMP$1CBSSports.com (White)
221Jacob Turner, MIAP$2CBSSports.com (White)
202James McDonald, PITP$3CBSSports.com (White)
134Mike Minor, ATLP$13CBSSports.com (White)
111Ian Kennedy, ARIP$16CBSSports.com (White)
46Marco Estrada, MILP$12CBSSports.com (White)
44Shelby Miller, STLP$8CBSSports.com (White)
356Arodys Vizcaino, CHCP$0FakeTeams.com
293Daniel Hudson, ARIP$0FakeTeams.com
284Kyle McPherson, PITP$0FakeTeams.com
236Julio Teheran, ATLP$3FakeTeams.com
229Jonny Venters, ATLP$2FakeTeams.com
224Scott Baker, CHCP$1FakeTeams.com
192Tyler Clippard, WASP$5FakeTeams.com
178Chad Billingsley, LADP$3FakeTeams.com
139Kenley Jansen, LADP$8FakeTeams.com
72Tim Lincecum, SFP$19FakeTeams.com
10Stephen Strasburg, WASP$30FakeTeams.com
3Kris Medlen, ATLP$20FakeTeams.com
298Joe Kelly, STLP$0FanDuel.com
279Anthony Bass, SDP$0FanDuel.com
272Jake Westbrook, STLP$1FanDuel.com
255Patrick Corbin, ARIP$2FanDuel.com
251Henderson Alvarez, MIAP$1FanDuel.com
171Johan Santana, NYMP$6FanDuel.com
138Jason Grilli, PITP$16FanDuel.com
132A.J. Burnett, PITP$9FanDuel.com
88Rafael Soriano, WASP$19FanDuel.com
66Johnny Cueto, CINP$19FanDuel.com
54Zack Greinke, LADP$24FanDuel.com
357Michael Olmsted, MILP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
333J.J. Hoover, CINP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
316Javier Vazquez, MIAP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
206David Hernandez, ARIP$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
185Ross Detwiler, WASP$3Mastersball.com (Carey)
176Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$6Mastersball.com (Carey)
165A.J. Ramos, MIAP$1Mastersball.com (Carey)
159Kyle Lohse, STLP$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
126Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
116Shaun Marcum, NYMP$9Mastersball.com (Carey)
94Homer Bailey, CINP$12Mastersball.com (Carey)
62J.J. Putz, ARIP$16Mastersball.com (Carey)
337Edward Mujica, STLP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
289Jeff Karstens, PITP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
257Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
248Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$3Mastersball.com (Kreush)
244Sean Marshall, CINP$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
238Ted Lilly, LADP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
197Wandy Rodriguez, PITP$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
168Tim Hudson, ATLP$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
69Jason Motte, STLP$18Mastersball.com (Kreush)
9Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$25Mastersball.com (Kreush)
5Clayton Kershaw, LADP$31Mastersball.com (Kreush)
342Jose Valverde, N/AP$0Patton & Co
307Jonathan Sanchez, PITP$0Patton & Co
270Travis Wood, CHCP$1Patton & Co
263Wilton Lopez, COLP$1Patton & Co
234Mark Rogers, MILP$1Patton & Co
187Drew Storen, WASP$3Patton & Co
170Luke Gregerson, SDP$2Patton & Co
80Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$19Patton & Co
41Gio Gonzalez, WASP$20Patton & Co
23Madison Bumgarner, SFP$22Patton & Co
18Cole Hamels, PHIP$26Patton & Co
354Freddy Garcia, SDP$0Razzball
319Tyler Cloyd, PHIP$0Razzball
306Chris Narveson, MILP$0Razzball
282Rex Brothers, COLP$0Razzball
195Dillon Gee, NYMP$5Razzball
179Hyun-Jin Ryu, LADP$6Razzball
173Edwin Jackson, CHCP$6Razzball
161Brandon League, LADP$9Razzball
156Chris Capuano, LADP$4Razzball
136Rafael Betancourt, COLP$15Razzball
125Mike Fiers, MILP$9Razzball
112Brandon McCarthy, ARIP$8Razzball
32Aroldis Chapman, CINP$17Razzball
348Tyler Thornburg, MILP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
325Carlos Martinez, STLP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
324Tim Stauffer, SDP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
301Brandon Lyon, NYMP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
300Mike Leake, CINP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
277Robbie Erlin, SDP$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
162Carlos Marmol, CHCP$8RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
151Bobby Parnell, NYMP$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
150Jonathan Broxton, CINP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
147Trevor Cahill, ARIP$9RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
146Cory Luebke, SDP$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
137Steve Cishek, MIAP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
82Jonathon Niese, NYMP$15RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
56Roy Halladay, PHIP$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
15Jeff Samardzija, CHCP$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
358Fernando Salas, STLP$0Yahoo! Sports
339Brad Ziegler, ARIP$0Yahoo! Sports
286Jason Marquis, SDP$0Yahoo! Sports
269Tyler Skaggs, ARIP$2Yahoo! Sports
264Barry Zito, SFP$1Yahoo! Sports
246Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Yahoo! Sports
237Bronson Arroyo, CINP$2Yahoo! Sports
225Clayton Richard, SDP$2Yahoo! Sports
214Mark Melancon, PITP$1Yahoo! Sports
194Kyle Kendrick, PHIP$3Yahoo! Sports
144Paul Maholm, ATLP$6Yahoo! Sports
35Matt Cain, SFP$27Yahoo! Sports
184Brandon Crawford, SFSS$3Baseball Prospectus
353Reid Brignac, COLSS$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
87Ian Desmond, WASSS$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
83Everth Cabrera, SDSS$13CBSSports.com (Melchior)
223Dee Gordon, LADSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
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Padres deal with bullpen woes in Monday's loss to Astros
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:49 pm ET) Padres relievers Brandon Maurer, Joaquin Benoit and rookie Cory Mazzoni, who was making his major-league debut, combined to surrender six earned runs in two innings of work in San Diego's 9-4 loss to Houston Monday.

While Kevin Quackenbush was able to get out of the eighth inning without being charged with an earned run after Benoit let the first four batters of the inning reach base, the team now owns a 2.08 ERA, which ranks 20th in the majors.

"We need to get on a little bit of a bullpen roll," manager Bud Black said after the game, per MLB.com

Benoit (3-1) took the loss, allowing three earned runs on two hits and two walks while failing to record an out.

"They're making some mistakes, leaving the ball up in the zone, out over the middle of the plate," catcher Derek Norris said. "We've just got to execute some pitches better in some situations."

Black believes the bullpen will pitch better moving forward.

"They'll come around. They're not pitching like they're going to pitch," he said. "When you see their numbers at the end of the year, they'll be there. When you see their numbers now as a group, there are two or three guys not hitting on all cylinders."


Reds release Marcus Walden
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:33 pm ET) The Reds have released minor-league pitcher Marcus Walden , Baseball America reports.

Walden, 26, lasted three innings in his only start with Double-A Pensacola, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out two. He has spent most of his career in the Blue Jays organization.


Astros top prospect Carlos Correa off to torrid start at Double-A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:26 pm ET) Astros top prospect Carlos Correa is putting up some big numbers at Double-A Corpus Christi to begin the 2015 season.

The former No. 1 overall pick (2012) is batting .382 with a .440 on-base percentage, .735 slugging percentage and 1.175 OPS in 16 games. He also has one triple, four home runs, 10 doubles and 21 RBI.

“I feel great up here,” he said, per the Houston Chronicle. “My body feels great. I’m just really happy to be out there playing every single day. After you’ve been injured you appreciate it even more.

“Everything is going great. We’re playing great baseball as a team. I feel good at the plate, and the team is doing a great job.”


Padres' Jedd Gyorko on sporadic playing time: 'It's always tough'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:12 pm ET) Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko was out of the starting lineup for the fifth time in six games Monday, and he has been working with hitting coaches Mark Kotsay and Alonzo Powell to jump-start his lagging bat, U-T San Diego reports.

"It's always tough," Gyorko said about the sporadic playing time. "But at the same time, we're trying to win games, obviously. So when the opportunity presents itself, you've just got to go out there and perform. I think that's the main thing for now."

Gyorko has hit just .149/.231/.191 in 47 at-bats.

"We need to get Jedd going," manager Bud Black said before Gyorko's start Sunday.


Orioles-White Sox game postponed again Tuesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:50 am ET) The Orioles-White Sox game was postponed for a second straight day Tuesday due to protests near Camden Yards. No makeup date has been announced for the game yet.

White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija and Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez were scheduled to start Tuesday's game. No word yet on how this will affect both teams' rotations moving forward.


Blue Jays' Gibbons continue to show confidence in Castro, Osuna
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:43 am ET) Blue Jays rookie relievers Miguel Castro and Roberto Osuna have both endured some struggles as of late

Castro suffered his second loss of the season Monday against the Red Sox, which came two days after he suffered his second blown save. He has allowed at least one run in four of his last five appearances.

Osuna has allowed one run in two straight appearances and suffered his first blown save Monday.

"[Castro has] had a couple of tough ones," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after Monday's loss, per MLB.com. "Maybe we'll back him down a little bit. But same way with [Roberto] Osuna, we have confidence in these guys. We're asking a lot out of them, but it's just the way it goes. You find some things out.

"I love both of them, I think they're both going to be great pitchers when it's all said and done, but we're asking a lot out of them, and I'm not sure how fair that is."

It appears Castro might be pitching his way out of save opportunities, as Brett Cecil could return to the closer's role shortly. Still, Gibbons is hoping the 20-year-old Castro can overcome his recent struggles.

"I hope he understands the reason I'm putting him in there is because I have confidence in the kid," Gibbons said. "I also understand how tough it is in the big leagues, and you take your lumps. He's a tough kid, he really is. He's going to be a [heck] of a pitcher."


Rangers' Choo working through some major offensive struggles
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:27 am ET) It doesn't matter where Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo bats in the lineup these days -- he still can't buy a hit

Choo, who was dropped to seventh in the batting order Saturday, went 0 for 4 on Monday against Seattle, extending his hitless slump to 20 at-bats. He last got a hit April 19.

"You watch him and he's definitely not getting the desired results," manager Jeff Banister said of Choo, per MLB.com. "It's been a challenge for Choo this month. He continues to work. He continues to study."

Choo is batting .096 (5 for 52), which is a league-low among qualified hitters. His only multihit game came on April 9. 

"This is a guy that has proven to be a professional hitter, lifetime .290 hitter, this is a guy that we believe in what he's going to be," Banister said. "This has been a tough stretch for him."


Astros OF Colby Rasmus thriving on the road in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:13 am ET) Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus has been a different hitter on the road than at home in 2015. Through 17 games, he is batting .067 (1 for 15) with no home runs or RBI at home, while he is batting .350 (14 for 40) with one triple, three doubles, three home runs and seven RBI on the road.

Rasmus is batting .345 (10 for 29) with four multihit games, two doubles, two home runs and five RBI through seven games on the team's current road trip.

"I say in the last homestand I was just seeing some things and feeling my way through what was going on with my swing and where I needed to be, and in this road trip I've been able to make some adjustments on what I felt I needed to do and they helped me a lot," he said, per MLB.com. "Yeah, I feel good about it, just battling."


Rockies' Weiss expects Tyler Matzek to make next start
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:07 am ET) Rockies pitcher Tyler Matzek said he was just suffering from cramping Monday when he came out of his team's 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks prematurely due to a hamstring injury, MLB.com reports.

"It was just cramping up," Weiss said. "It cramped up on a few of those warmup pitches and on the first pitch of that inning, and I didn't want to push it."

Manager Walt Weiss considers the injury a short-term issue and expects it won't keep Matzek from pitching later this week in San Diego.

"Yeah, he'll make his next start," Weiss said. "I expect him to make his next start."

Matzek moved to 2-0 with his win Monday and owns a 2.70 ERA and 13:13 K:BB ratio in 20 innings over his first four starts.


Dodgers' Mattingly: 'We're going to have to find at-bats for' Guerrero
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:00 am ET) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after Monday's game that the team has to find more playing time for infielder/outfielder Alex Guerrero after the rookie's hot start, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"We're going to have to find at-bats for Alex the way he is swinging," Mattingly said.

Mattingly said that Guerrero could play at shortstop, third base and left field. He may start to see extended action in left field if Carl Crawford, who is dealing with an injury to his side, has to go on the disabled list. Guerrero is 11 for 22 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 11 appearances.


 
 
 
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