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2013 Draft Prep: National League Rotisserie auction

Senior Fantasy Writer

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

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
7Joey Votto, CIN1B$37Patton & Co
79Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$ (Melchior)
45Allen Craig, STL1B$27Baseball Prospectus
31Adrian Gonzalez, LAD1B$26Razzball
43Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$ (Fiorentino)
55Ike Davis, NYM1B$ (Kreush)
52Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$24Razzball
84Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$ (Kreush)
37Ryan Howard, PHI1B$
53Corey Hart, MIL1B$ (White)
140Brandon Belt, SF1B$ (Fiorentino)
49Michael Young, PHI1B$15Patton & Co
120Yonder Alonso, SD1B$ (White)
86Matt Carpenter, STL1B$ (White)
115Garrett Jones, PIT1B$
169Hunter Morris, MIL1B$ (Fiorentino)
232Todd Helton, COL1B$
204Gaby Sanchez, PIT1B$2Patton & Co
198Ty Wigginton, STL1B$
262Taylor Green, MIL1B$1Razzball
261Casey Kotchman, MIA1B$ (Di Fino)
207Carlos Lee, MIA1B$
285Matt Adams, STL1B$ (Carey)
91Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$ (Carey)
89Aaron Hill, ARI2B$22Yahoo! Sports
20Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$21Patton & Co
93Chase Utley, PHI2B$ (Melchior)
47Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$ (White)
95Dan Uggla, ATL2B$
73Neil Walker, PIT2B$16Razzball
104Marco Scutaro, SF2B$13Yahoo! Sports
148Logan Forsythe, SD2B$9Baseball Prospectus
78Daniel Murphy, NYM2B$
213Stephen Lombardozzi, WAS2B$
186Mark Ellis, LAD2B$6Razzball
36Darwin Barney, CHC2B$ (Kreush)
228Daniel Descalso, STL2B$
218Kolten Wong, STL2B$4Baseball Prospectus
215Donovan Solano, MIA2B$ (Melchior)
249DJ LeMahieu, COL2B$ (Di Fino)
266Skip Schumaker, LAD2B$ (Fiorentino)
360Josh Harrison, PIT2B$ (Kreush)
349Freddy Galvis, PHI2B$ (Fiorentino)
343Justin Turner, NYM2B$0Razzball
330Ronny Cedeno, STL2B$0Razzball
327Ryan Theriot, SF2B$
291Yuniesky Betancourt, PHI2B$0Yahoo! Sports
33Hanley Ramirez, LAD3B$ (Di Fino)
22David Wright, NYM3B$29Baseball Prospectus
64Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$ (Di Fino)
17Chase Headley, SD3B$27Yahoo! Sports
34Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$24Razzball
67Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$ (White)
98Todd Frazier, CIN3B$ (Fiorentino)
97David Freese, STL3B$ (Melchior)
24Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$
38Jedd Gyorko, SD3B$ (Carey)
209Chris Nelson, COL3B$ (Kreush)
143Jordan Pacheco, COL3B$6Yahoo! Sports
50Juan Francisco, ATL3B$ (Melchior)
48Chris Johnson, ATL3B$ (Kreush)
180Luis Cruz, LAD3B$ (Fiorentino)
200Placido Polanco, MIA3B$ (Carey)
128Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA3B$ (Di Fino)
254Ian Stewart, CHC3B$1Patton & Co
231Eric Chavez, ARI3B$1Baseball Prospectus
355Luis Valbuena, CHC3B$0Patton & Co
346Jack Hannahan, CIN3B$
344Brandon Inge, PIT3B$ (Di Fino)
340Josh Vitters, CHC3B$ (Carey)
326Matt Davidson, ARI3B$ (White)
323Wilmer Flores, NYM3B$ (White)
294Anthony Rendon, WAS3B$0Patton & Co
290Ryan Wheeler, COL3B$ (Melchior)
283Nolan Arenado, COL3B$0Patton & Co
281Nick Punto, LAD3B$ (Di Fino)
280Jerry Hairston, LAD3B$0Baseball Prospectus
39Buster Posey, SFC$
51Yadier Molina, STLC$19Yahoo! Sports
99Wilin Rosario, COLC$ (Fiorentino)
109Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$
119Miguel Montero, ARIC$ (Carey)
114Brian McCann, ATLC$13Patton & Co
122Wilson Ramos, WASC$10Baseball Prospectus
26Yasmani Grandal, SDC$
153Russell Martin, PITC$ (Di Fino)
177Rob Brantly, MIAC$8Razzball
131Travis d'Arnaud, NYMC$ (Kreush)
14Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$ (White)
189Welington Castillo, CHCC$ (Melchior)
188A.J. Ellis, LADC$ (Carey)
212Devin Mesoraco, CINC$ (Fiorentino)
205John Buck, NYMC$3Razzball
196Ryan Hanigan, CINC$3Baseball Prospectus
174Kurt Suzuki, WASC$ (Melchior)
250Michael McKenry, PITC$2Patton & Co
245Hector Sanchez, SFC$
240Erik Kratz, PHIC$ (Kreush)
235Nick Hundley, SDC$2Yahoo! Sports
259Gerald Laird, ATLC$ (White)
252Rod Barajas, ARIC$ (Di Fino)
341Martin Maldonado, MILC$
335Tim Federowicz, LADC$ (Melchior)
334Yorvit Torrealba, COLC$0Yahoo! Sports
322Chris Snyder, WASC$
312Dioner Navarro, CHCC$ (Kreush)
304Ramon Hernandez, COLC$0Baseball Prospectus
4Ryan Braun, MILOF$ (Melchior)
8Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$
6Matt Kemp, LADOF$
28Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$ (Di Fino)
11Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$34Yahoo! Sports
25Justin Upton, ATLOF$ (Carey)
85B.J. Upton, ATLOF$29Yahoo! Sports
13Jay Bruce, CINOF$29Razzball
1Bryce Harper, WASOF$ (Fiorentino)
40Jason Heyward, ATLOF$ (White)
58Matt Holliday, STLOF$ (White)
61Shin-Soo Choo, CINOF$ (Di Fino)
65Martin Prado, ARIOF$25Yahoo! Sports
76Norichika Aoki, MILOF$22Baseball Prospectus
103Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$ (Kreush)
106Carlos Beltran, STLOF$
100Jayson Werth, WASOF$20Baseball Prospectus
29Carlos Gomez, MILOF$ (Carey)
102Adam Eaton, ARIOF$ (Fiorentino)
92Hunter Pence, SFOF$19Razzball
60Andre Ethier, LADOF$19Patton & Co
30Carl Crawford, LADOF$
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$18Patton & Co
110Starling Marte, PITOF$ (Di Fino)
81Ben Revere, PHIOF$
63Juan Pierre, MIAOF$ (Kreush)
155Tyler Colvin, COLOF$ (Di Fino)
77Dexter Fowler, COLOF$16Patton & Co
108Denard Span, WASOF$15Yahoo! Sports
68Cameron Maybin, SDOF$15Yahoo! Sports
123Jason Kubel, ARIOF$ (Di Fino)
113Logan Morrison, MIAOF$ (Carey)
75Jon Jay, STLOF$ (Melchior)
107Justin Ruggiano, MIAOF$ (White)
142Carlos Quentin, SDOF$11Baseball Prospectus
130Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$ (Melchior)
203Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$ (Kreush)
154Cody Ross, ARIOF$ (Fiorentino)
149Lucas Duda, NYMOF$
118Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$10Patton & Co
164Will Venable, SDOF$9Razzball
190Darin Ruf, PHIOF$ (Carey)
181Travis Snider, PITOF$ (Carey)
133Delmon Young, PHIOF$
201David DeJesus, CHCOF$
135Domonic Brown, PHIOF$6Baseball Prospectus
124Oscar Taveras, STLOF$ (White)
217Chris Heisey, CINOF$ (Fiorentino)
211John Mayberry, PHIOF$5Patton & Co
208Collin Cowgill, NYMOF$5Baseball Prospectus
222Scott Hairston, CHCOF$ (Carey)
220Tyler Moore, WASOF$4Baseball Prospectus
193Nate Schierholtz, CHCOF$ (Kreush)
239Jose Tabata, PITOF$ (Fiorentino)
243Jordany Valdespin, NYMOF$2Yahoo! Sports
210Brett Jackson, CHCOF$ (Carey)
152Eric Young, COLOF$2Yahoo! Sports
273Chone Figgins, MIAOF$ (Di Fino)
265Chris Denorfia, SDOF$ (Melchior)
260Jerry Sands, PITOF$
256Jorge Soler, CHCOF$ (Melchior)
253Andres Torres, SFOF$1Razzball
241Brent Lillibridge, CHCOF$
233Roger Bernadina, WASOF$1Razzball
230Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYMOF$
227Gregor Blanco, SFOF$ (Kreush)
226Tony Campana, ARIOF$ (Melchior)
352Alex Castellanos, LADOF$0Baseball Prospectus
347Yasiel Puig, LADOF$ (White)
336Logan Schafer, MILOF$ (Kreush)
332Jake Marisnick, MIAOF$
331Kyle Blanks, SDOF$0Patton & Co
321Alex Presley, PITOF$0Baseball Prospectus
320Evan Gattis, ATLOF$ (Di Fino)
318Charlie Blackmon, COLOF$0Patton & Co
317Christian Yelich, MIAOF$
315Jordan Schafer, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
313Xavier Paul, CINOF$ (Kreush)
310Reed Johnson, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
309Jesus Guzman, SDOF$ (Carey)
308Marlon Byrd, NYMOF$
295Laynce Nix, PHIOF$0Razzball
292Greg Dobbs, MIAOF$ (Carey)
287Gorkys Hernandez, MIAOF$ (Melchior)
278Mike Baxter, NYMOF$ (White)
5Clayton Kershaw, LADP$ (Kreush)
10Stephen Strasburg, WASP$
35Matt Cain, SFP$27Yahoo! Sports
21Cliff Lee, PHIP$ (Melchior)
18Cole Hamels, PHIP$26Patton & Co
9Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$ (Kreush)
54Zack Greinke, LADP$
23Madison Bumgarner, SFP$22Patton & Co
126Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$ (Carey)
70Mat Latos, CINP$ (Di Fino)
42Adam Wainwright, STLP$ (Melchior)
41Gio Gonzalez, WASP$20Patton & Co
3Kris Medlen, ATLP$
88Rafael Soriano, WASP$
80Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$19Patton & Co
72Tim Lincecum, SFP$
66Johnny Cueto, CINP$
56Roy Halladay, PHIP$ (Fiorentino)
105Sergio Romo, SFP$ (Melchior)
74John Axford, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
71Yovani Gallardo, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
69Jason Motte, STLP$ (Kreush)
15Jeff Samardzija, CHCP$ (Fiorentino)
121Lance Lynn, STLP$17Baseball Prospectus
117Huston Street, SDP$17Baseball Prospectus
32Aroldis Chapman, CINP$17Razzball
138Jason Grilli, PITP$
111Ian Kennedy, ARIP$ (White)
62J.J. Putz, ARIP$ (Carey)
136Rafael Betancourt, COLP$15Razzball
127Matt Harvey, NYMP$ (Di Fino)
82Jonathon Niese, NYMP$ (Fiorentino)
27Dan Haren, WASP$15Baseball Prospectus
150Jonathan Broxton, CINP$ (Fiorentino)
137Steve Cishek, MIAP$ (Fiorentino)
134Mike Minor, ATLP$ (White)
94Homer Bailey, CINP$ (Carey)
46Marco Estrada, MILP$ (White)
90Matt Garza, CHCP$ (Melchior)
161Brandon League, LADP$9Razzball
147Trevor Cahill, ARIP$ (Fiorentino)
132A.J. Burnett, PITP$
125Mike Fiers, MILP$9Razzball
116Shaun Marcum, NYMP$ (Carey)
162Carlos Marmol, CHCP$ (Fiorentino)
160Josh Beckett, LADP$8Baseball Prospectus
139Kenley Jansen, LADP$
112Brandon McCarthy, ARIP$8Razzball
44Shelby Miller, STLP$ (White)
145Wade Miley, ARIP$ (Melchior)
179Hyun-Jin Ryu, LADP$6Razzball
176Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$ (Carey)
173Edwin Jackson, CHCP$6Razzball
171Johan Santana, NYMP$
168Tim Hudson, ATLP$ (Kreush)
163Kyuji Fujikawa, CHCP$ (Melchior)
157Jaime Garcia, STLP$ (Melchior)
144Paul Maholm, ATLP$6Yahoo! Sports
129Trevor Rosenthal, STLP$6Baseball Prospectus
195Dillon Gee, NYMP$5Razzball
192Tyler Clippard, WASP$
167Andrew Cashner, SDP$5Baseball Prospectus
151Bobby Parnell, NYMP$ (Fiorentino)
216Francisco Liriano, PITP$ (Di Fino)
197Wandy Rodriguez, PITP$ (Kreush)
175Frank Francisco, NYMP$ (Melchior)
159Kyle Lohse, STLP$ (Carey)
156Chris Capuano, LADP$4Razzball
146Cory Luebke, SDP$ (Fiorentino)
248Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$ (Kreush)
236Julio Teheran, ATLP$
202James McDonald, PITP$ (White)
194Kyle Kendrick, PHIP$3Yahoo! Sports
187Drew Storen, WASP$3Patton & Co
185Ross Detwiler, WASP$ (Carey)
178Chad Billingsley, LADP$
271Wily Peralta, MILP$ (White)
269Tyler Skaggs, ARIP$2Yahoo! Sports
268Brandon Beachy, ATLP$ (White)
255Patrick Corbin, ARIP$
244Sean Marshall, CINP$ (Kreush)
237Bronson Arroyo, CINP$2Yahoo! Sports
229Jonny Venters, ATLP$
225Clayton Richard, SDP$2Yahoo! Sports
221Jacob Turner, MIAP$ (White)
206David Hernandez, ARIP$ (Carey)
182Gerrit Cole, PITP$2Baseball Prospectus
170Luke Gregerson, SDP$2Patton & Co
166Santiago Casilla, SFP$ (Di Fino)
158Brian Wilson, SFP$ (Di Fino)
276Antonio Bastardo, PHIP$ (Di Fino)
275Nate Eovaldi, MIAP$ (Di Fino)
274Edinson Volquez, SDP$ (Di Fino)
272Jake Westbrook, STLP$
270Travis Wood, CHCP$1Patton & Co
267Zack Wheeler, NYMP$ (White)
264Barry Zito, SFP$1Yahoo! Sports
263Wilton Lopez, COLP$1Patton & Co
257Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$ (Kreush)
251Henderson Alvarez, MIAP$
247Juan Nicasio, COLP$ (Melchior)
246Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Yahoo! Sports
242Drew Pomeranz, COLP$ (Di Fino)
238Ted Lilly, LADP$ (Kreush)
234Mark Rogers, MILP$1Patton & Co
224Scott Baker, CHCP$
214Mark Melancon, PITP$1Yahoo! Sports
165A.J. Ramos, MIAP$ (Carey)
359Sean Gilmartin, ATLP$ (Melchior)
358Fernando Salas, STLP$0Yahoo! Sports
357Michael Olmsted, MILP$ (Carey)
356Arodys Vizcaino, CHCP$
354Freddy Garcia, SDP$0Razzball
350Jim Henderson, MILP$ (White)
348Tyler Thornburg, MILP$ (Fiorentino)
345Brad Boxberger, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
342Jose Valverde, N/AP$0Patton & Co
339Brad Ziegler, ARIP$0Yahoo! Sports
338Jon Rauch, MIAP$ (Melchior)
337Edward Mujica, STLP$ (Kreush)
333J.J. Hoover, CINP$ (Carey)
329Tony Cingrani, CINP$ (Di Fino)
328Kevin Slowey, MIAP$0Baseball Prospectus
325Carlos Martinez, STLP$ (Fiorentino)
324Tim Stauffer, SDP$ (Fiorentino)
319Tyler Cloyd, PHIP$0Razzball
316Javier Vazquez, MIAP$ (Carey)
314John Lannan, PHIP$ (Melchior)
311Jose Fernandez, MIAP$ (Melchior)
307Jonathan Sanchez, PITP$0Patton & Co
306Chris Narveson, MILP$0Razzball
305Randall Delgado, ARIP$ (Di Fino)
302Carlos Villanueva, CHCP$ (White)
301Brandon Lyon, NYMP$ (Fiorentino)
300Mike Leake, CINP$ (Fiorentino)
299Mike Adams, PHIP$ (White)
298Joe Kelly, STLP$
297Casey Kelly, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
296Scott Feldman, CHCP$ (Di Fino)
293Daniel Hudson, ARIP$
289Jeff Karstens, PITP$ (Kreush)
286Jason Marquis, SDP$0Yahoo! Sports
284Kyle McPherson, PITP$
282Rex Brothers, COLP$0Razzball
279Anthony Bass, SDP$
277Robbie Erlin, SDP$ (Fiorentino)
16Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$ (White)
87Ian Desmond, WASSS$ (Di Fino)
19Starlin Castro, CHCSS$ (Carey)
57Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$ (Kreush)
96Josh Rutledge, COLSS$ (Carey)
59Jean Segura, MILSS$14Razzball
141Zack Cozart, CINSS$
83Everth Cabrera, SDSS$ (Melchior)
12Andrelton Simmons, ATLSS$ (Kreush)
183Ruben Tejada, NYMSS$
172Rafael Furcal, STLSS$5Patton & Co
191Cliff Pennington, ARISS$4Yahoo! Sports
223Dee Gordon, LADSS$ (White)
184Brandon Crawford, SFSS$3Baseball Prospectus
2Billy Hamilton, CINSS$ (White)
219Clint Barmes, PITSS$
258Didi Gregorius, ARISS$ (Fiorentino)
199Willie Bloomquist, ARISS$1Patton & Co
353Reid Brignac, COLSS$ (Di Fino)
351Jonathan Herrera, COLSS$
303Tyler Pastornicky, ATLSS$
288Alex Gonzalez, MILSS$ (Kreush)

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"I don't know if I'd say we're buying time for Moya," Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said last week. "Probably when a guy as talented as Moya is ready, he'll make his way onto a team. I don't think we could absolutely say, trying to win a pennant, trying to win a world championship, you can count on him being 100 percent ready."

The 23-year-old Moya hit .276 with a .555 slugging percentage, .861 OPS, 33 doubles, 35 home runs and 105 RBI in 133 games last season at Double-A. He has a career .251/.444/.739 slash line over six minor-league seasons.

Moya also made a brief appearance in the majors last season, batting .375 (3 for 8) in 11 games.

"I think the development time will be good for him" Dombrowski said. "Could he come up and produce at some time during the year? Yes. He's relatively close."

Braves sign catcher Jesus Flores to minor-league contract
by Michael Hurcomb |
(3:23 pm ET) The Braves signed catcher Jesus Flores to a minor-league contract Friday, which includes an invite to spring training, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Flores has not played in the majors since 2012 with the Nationals. He spent the 2014 season with the Royals' Triple-A affiliate at Omaha, batting .248 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 40 games.

Pirates sign Wilkin Castillo, Josh Wall to minor-league deals
by Michael Hurcomb |
(3:18 pm ET) The Pirates have signed catcher Wilkin Castillo and pitcher Josh Wall to minor-league contracts, which include invites to spring training.