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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
352Alex Castellanos, LADOF$0Baseball Prospectus
345Brad Boxberger, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
328Kevin Slowey, MIAP$0Baseball Prospectus
321Alex Presley, PITOF$0Baseball Prospectus
304Ramon Hernandez, COLC$0Baseball Prospectus
297Casey Kelly, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
280Jerry Hairston, LAD3B$0Baseball Prospectus
231Eric Chavez, ARI3B$1Baseball Prospectus
220Tyler Moore, WASOF$4Baseball Prospectus
218Kolten Wong, STL2B$4Baseball Prospectus
208Collin Cowgill, NYMOF$5Baseball Prospectus
196Ryan Hanigan, CINC$3Baseball Prospectus
184Brandon Crawford, SFSS$3Baseball Prospectus
182Gerrit Cole, PITP$2Baseball Prospectus
167Andrew Cashner, SDP$5Baseball Prospectus
160Josh Beckett, LADP$8Baseball Prospectus
148Logan Forsythe, SD2B$9Baseball Prospectus
142Carlos Quentin, SDOF$11Baseball Prospectus
135Domonic Brown, PHIOF$6Baseball Prospectus
129Trevor Rosenthal, STLP$6Baseball Prospectus
122Wilson Ramos, WASC$10Baseball Prospectus
121Lance Lynn, STLP$17Baseball Prospectus
117Huston Street, SDP$17Baseball Prospectus
100Jayson Werth, WASOF$20Baseball Prospectus
76Norichika Aoki, MILOF$22Baseball Prospectus
74John Axford, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
71Yovani Gallardo, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
45Allen Craig, STL1B$27Baseball Prospectus
27Dan Haren, WASP$15Baseball Prospectus
22David Wright, NYM3B$29Baseball Prospectus
353Reid Brignac, COLSS$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
344Brandon Inge, PIT3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
329Tony Cingrani, CINP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
320Evan Gattis, ATLOF$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
305Randall Delgado, ARIP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
296Scott Feldman, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
281Nick Punto, LAD3B$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)
273Chone Figgins, MIAOF$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
261Casey Kotchman, MIA1B$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
252Rod Barajas, ARIC$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
249DJ LeMahieu, COL2B$2CBSSports.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)
155Tyler Colvin, COLOF$16CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
153Russell Martin, PITC$9CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
128Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA3B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
127Matt Harvey, NYMP$15CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
123Jason Kubel, ARIOF$14CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
110Starling Marte, PITOF$17CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
87Ian Desmond, WASSS$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
70Mat Latos, CINP$20CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
64Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
61Shin-Soo Choo, CINOF$26CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
33Hanley Ramirez, LAD3B$31CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
28Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$37CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
359Sean Gilmartin, ATLP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
338Jon Rauch, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
335Tim Federowicz, LADC$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
314John Lannan, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
311Jose Fernandez, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
290Ryan Wheeler, COL3B$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
287Gorkys Hernandez, MIAOF$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
265Chris Denorfia, SDOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
256Jorge Soler, CHCOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
247Juan Nicasio, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
226Tony Campana, ARIOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
215Donovan Solano, MIA2B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
189Welington Castillo, CHCC$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
175Frank Francisco, NYMP$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
174Kurt Suzuki, WASC$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
163Kyuji Fujikawa, CHCP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
157Jaime Garcia, STLP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
145Wade Miley, ARIP$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
130Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
105Sergio Romo, SFP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
97David Freese, STL3B$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
93Chase Utley, PHI2B$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
90Matt Garza, CHCP$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
83Everth Cabrera, SDSS$13CBSSports.com (Melchior)
79Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$27CBSSports.com (Melchior)
75Jon Jay, STLOF$14CBSSports.com (Melchior)
50Juan Francisco, ATL3B$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
42Adam Wainwright, STLP$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
21Cliff Lee, PHIP$26CBSSports.com (Melchior)
4Ryan Braun, MILOF$40CBSSports.com (Melchior)
350Jim Henderson, MILP$0CBSSports.com (White)
347Yasiel Puig, LADOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
326Matt Davidson, ARI3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
323Wilmer Flores, NYM3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
302Carlos Villanueva, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (White)
299Mike Adams, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (White)
278Mike Baxter, NYMOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
271Wily Peralta, MILP$2CBSSports.com (White)
268Brandon Beachy, ATLP$2CBSSports.com (White)
267Zack Wheeler, NYMP$1CBSSports.com (White)
259Gerald Laird, ATLC$1CBSSports.com (White)
223Dee Gordon, LADSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
221Jacob Turner, MIAP$2CBSSports.com (White)
202James McDonald, PITP$3CBSSports.com (White)
134Mike Minor, ATLP$13CBSSports.com (White)
124Oscar Taveras, STLOF$6CBSSports.com (White)
120Yonder Alonso, SD1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
111Ian Kennedy, ARIP$16CBSSports.com (White)
107Justin Ruggiano, MIAOF$12CBSSports.com (White)
86Matt Carpenter, STL1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
67Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$22CBSSports.com (White)
58Matt Holliday, STLOF$27CBSSports.com (White)
53Corey Hart, MIL1B$17CBSSports.com (White)
47Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$18CBSSports.com (White)
46Marco Estrada, MILP$12CBSSports.com (White)
44Shelby Miller, STLP$8CBSSports.com (White)
40Jason Heyward, ATLOF$28CBSSports.com (White)
16Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$30CBSSports.com (White)
14Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$8CBSSports.com (White)
2Billy Hamilton, CINSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
356Arodys Vizcaino, CHCP$0FakeTeams.com
341Martin Maldonado, MILC$0FakeTeams.com
332Jake Marisnick, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
317Christian Yelich, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
308Marlon Byrd, NYMOF$0FakeTeams.com
293Daniel Hudson, ARIP$0FakeTeams.com
284Kyle McPherson, PITP$0FakeTeams.com
245Hector Sanchez, SFC$2FakeTeams.com
236Julio Teheran, ATLP$3FakeTeams.com
229Jonny Venters, ATLP$2FakeTeams.com
228Daniel Descalso, STL2B$4FakeTeams.com
224Scott Baker, CHCP$1FakeTeams.com
219Clint Barmes, PITSS$2FakeTeams.com
201David DeJesus, CHCOF$6FakeTeams.com
198Ty Wigginton, STL1B$2FakeTeams.com
192Tyler Clippard, WASP$5FakeTeams.com
178Chad Billingsley, LADP$3FakeTeams.com
149Lucas Duda, NYMOF$10FakeTeams.com
141Zack Cozart, CINSS$13FakeTeams.com
139Kenley Jansen, LADP$8FakeTeams.com
115Garrett Jones, PIT1B$12FakeTeams.com
109Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$16FakeTeams.com
106Carlos Beltran, STLOF$20FakeTeams.com
95Dan Uggla, ATL2B$17FakeTeams.com
81Ben Revere, PHIOF$17FakeTeams.com
78Daniel Murphy, NYM2B$9FakeTeams.com
72Tim Lincecum, SFP$19FakeTeams.com
10Stephen Strasburg, WASP$30FakeTeams.com
8Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$39FakeTeams.com
3Kris Medlen, ATLP$20FakeTeams.com
351Jonathan Herrera, COLSS$0FanDuel.com
346Jack Hannahan, CIN3B$0FanDuel.com
327Ryan Theriot, SF2B$0FanDuel.com
322Chris Snyder, WASC$0FanDuel.com
303Tyler Pastornicky, ATLSS$0FanDuel.com
298Joe Kelly, STLP$0FanDuel.com
279Anthony Bass, SDP$0FanDuel.com
272Jake Westbrook, STLP$1FanDuel.com
260Jerry Sands, PITOF$1FanDuel.com
255Patrick Corbin, ARIP$2FanDuel.com
251Henderson Alvarez, MIAP$1FanDuel.com
241Brent Lillibridge, CHCOF$1FanDuel.com
232Todd Helton, COL1B$2FanDuel.com
230Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYMOF$1FanDuel.com
213Stephen Lombardozzi, WAS2B$6FanDuel.com
207Carlos Lee, MIA1B$1FanDuel.com
183Ruben Tejada, NYMSS$7FanDuel.com
171Johan Santana, NYMP$6FanDuel.com
138Jason Grilli, PITP$16FanDuel.com
133Delmon Young, PHIOF$7FanDuel.com
132A.J. Burnett, PITP$9FanDuel.com
88Rafael Soriano, WASP$19FanDuel.com
66Johnny Cueto, CINP$19FanDuel.com
54Zack Greinke, LADP$24FanDuel.com
39Buster Posey, SFC$31FanDuel.com
37Ryan Howard, PHI1B$21FanDuel.com
30Carl Crawford, LADOF$19FanDuel.com
26Yasmani Grandal, SDC$10FanDuel.com
24Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$17FanDuel.com
6Matt Kemp, LADOF$39FanDuel.com
357Michael Olmsted, MILP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
340Josh Vitters, CHC3B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
333J.J. Hoover, CINP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
316Javier Vazquez, MIAP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
309Jesus Guzman, SDOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
292Greg Dobbs, MIAOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
285Matt Adams, STL1B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
222Scott Hairston, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
210Brett Jackson, CHCOF$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
206David Hernandez, ARIP$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
200Placido Polanco, MIA3B$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
190Darin Ruf, PHIOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
188A.J. Ellis, LADC$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
185Ross Detwiler, WASP$3Mastersball.com (Carey)
181Travis Snider, PITOF$7Mastersball.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)
119Miguel Montero, ARIC$15Mastersball.com (Carey)
116Shaun Marcum, NYMP$9Mastersball.com (Carey)
113Logan Morrison, MIAOF$14Mastersball.com (Carey)
96Josh Rutledge, COLSS$17Mastersball.com (Carey)
94Homer Bailey, CINP$12Mastersball.com (Carey)
91Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$24Mastersball.com (Carey)
62J.J. Putz, ARIP$16Mastersball.com (Carey)
38Jedd Gyorko, SD3B$11Mastersball.com (Carey)
29Carlos Gomez, MILOF$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
25Justin Upton, ATLOF$32Mastersball.com (Carey)
19Starlin Castro, CHCSS$28Mastersball.com (Carey)
360Josh Harrison, PIT2B$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
337Edward Mujica, STLP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
336Logan Schafer, MILOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
313Xavier Paul, CINOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
312Dioner Navarro, CHCC$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
289Jeff Karstens, PITP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
288Alex Gonzalez, MILSS$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
257Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
248Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$3Mastersball.com (Kreush)
244Sean Marshall, CINP$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
240Erik Kratz, PHIC$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
238Ted Lilly, LADP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
227Gregor Blanco, SFOF$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
209Chris Nelson, COL3B$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
203Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
197Wandy Rodriguez, PITP$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
193Nate Schierholtz, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
168Tim Hudson, ATLP$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
131Travis d'Arnaud, NYMC$8Mastersball.com (Kreush)
103Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
84Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
69Jason Motte, STLP$18Mastersball.com (Kreush)
63Juan Pierre, MIAOF$17Mastersball.com (Kreush)
57Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
55Ike Davis, NYM1B$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
48Chris Johnson, ATL3B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
36Darwin Barney, CHC2B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
12Andrelton Simmons, ATLSS$12Mastersball.com (Kreush)
9Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$25Mastersball.com (Kreush)
5Clayton Kershaw, LADP$31Mastersball.com (Kreush)
355Luis Valbuena, CHC3B$0Patton & Co
342Jose Valverde, N/AP$0Patton & Co
331Kyle Blanks, SDOF$0Patton & Co
318Charlie Blackmon, COLOF$0Patton & Co
307Jonathan Sanchez, PITP$0Patton & Co
294Anthony Rendon, WAS3B$0Patton & Co
283Nolan Arenado, COL3B$0Patton & Co
270Travis Wood, CHCP$1Patton & Co
263Wilton Lopez, COLP$1Patton & Co
254Ian Stewart, CHC3B$1Patton & Co
250Michael McKenry, PITC$2Patton & Co
234Mark Rogers, MILP$1Patton & Co
211John Mayberry, PHIOF$5Patton & Co
204Gaby Sanchez, PIT1B$2Patton & Co
199Willie Bloomquist, ARISS$1Patton & Co
187Drew Storen, WASP$3Patton & Co
172Rafael Furcal, STLSS$5Patton & Co
170Luke Gregerson, SDP$2Patton & Co
118Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$10Patton & Co
114Brian McCann, ATLC$13Patton & Co
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$18Patton & Co
80Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$19Patton & Co
77Dexter Fowler, COLOF$16Patton & Co
60Andre Ethier, LADOF$19Patton & Co
49Michael Young, PHI1B$15Patton & Co
41Gio Gonzalez, WASP$20Patton & Co
23Madison Bumgarner, SFP$22Patton & Co
20Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$21Patton & Co
18Cole Hamels, PHIP$26Patton & Co
7Joey Votto, CIN1B$37Patton & Co
354Freddy Garcia, SDP$0Razzball
343Justin Turner, NYM2B$0Razzball
330Ronny Cedeno, STL2B$0Razzball
319Tyler Cloyd, PHIP$0Razzball
306Chris Narveson, MILP$0Razzball
295Laynce Nix, PHIOF$0Razzball
282Rex Brothers, COLP$0Razzball
262Taylor Green, MIL1B$1Razzball
253Andres Torres, SFOF$1Razzball
233Roger Bernadina, WASOF$1Razzball
205John Buck, NYMC$3Razzball
195Dillon Gee, NYMP$5Razzball
186Mark Ellis, LAD2B$6Razzball
179Hyun-Jin Ryu, LADP$6Razzball
177Rob Brantly, MIAC$8Razzball
173Edwin Jackson, CHCP$6Razzball
164Will Venable, SDOF$9Razzball
161Brandon League, LADP$9Razzball
156Chris Capuano, LADP$4Razzball
136Rafael Betancourt, COLP$15Razzball
125Mike Fiers, MILP$9Razzball
112Brandon McCarthy, ARIP$8Razzball
92Hunter Pence, SFOF$19Razzball
73Neil Walker, PIT2B$16Razzball
59Jean Segura, MILSS$14Razzball
52Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$24Razzball
34Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$24Razzball
32Aroldis Chapman, CINP$17Razzball
31Adrian Gonzalez, LAD1B$26Razzball
13Jay Bruce, CINOF$29Razzball
1Bryce Harper, WASOF$29RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
349Freddy Galvis, PHI2B$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
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)
266Skip Schumaker, LAD2B$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
258Didi Gregorius, ARISS$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
239Jose Tabata, PITOF$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
217Chris Heisey, CINOF$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
212Devin Mesoraco, CINC$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
180Luis Cruz, LAD3B$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
169Hunter Morris, MIL1B$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
162Carlos Marmol, CHCP$8RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
154Cody Ross, ARIOF$10RotoWire.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)
140Brandon Belt, SF1B$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
137Steve Cishek, MIAP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
102Adam Eaton, ARIOF$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
99Wilin Rosario, COLC$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
98Todd Frazier, CIN3B$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
82Jonathon Niese, NYMP$15RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
56Roy Halladay, PHIP$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
43Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$25RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
15Jeff Samardzija, CHCP$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
358Fernando Salas, STLP$0Yahoo! Sports
339Brad Ziegler, ARIP$0Yahoo! Sports
334Yorvit Torrealba, COLC$0Yahoo! Sports
315Jordan Schafer, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
310Reed Johnson, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
291Yuniesky Betancourt, PHI2B$0Yahoo! Sports
286Jason Marquis, SDP$0Yahoo! Sports
269Tyler Skaggs, ARIP$2Yahoo! Sports
264Barry Zito, SFP$1Yahoo! Sports
246Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Yahoo! Sports
243Jordany Valdespin, NYMOF$2Yahoo! Sports
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Giants' Bochy: Joe Panik pressing, remains starter at second base
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:09 am ET) Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that while infielder Joe Panik might be pressing, he remains the team's starter at second base without reservations, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Panik is just 8 for 50 this spring after going hitless in four at-bats Thursday, though he has delivered three doubles and two home runs. He's looking for a strong follow-up to an impressive rookie season in which he hit .305/.343/.368 in 269 at-bats.


Pirates P A.J. Burnett changes tune about shifting
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(12:38 am ET) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett has not had the highest of opinions when it comes to infield-shifting in the past. In 2013, he let some reporters know what he thought about shifting at the time.

When asked about a shift of shortstop Clint Barmes that year, Burnett stated, “I do not have a problem with (Barmes), I had a problem with the (expletive) shift. We play people in the wrong spot.”

But Burnett seemed to change his tune when reflecting upon the subject.

“As much as I complained about the shifts, they helped,” Burnett said. “They really did. It's that one a game, you've got a no-hitter for four or five innings and one gets through, and where you're like … ‘(expletive) shift.'

“But (shifts) saves you more than anything, and that's the truth.”

The 38-year-old has lost some steam on his fastball at this point in his career and he knows that.

“It took me getting a little older to realize that I'm not able to blow it by guys anymore and ground balls are just as good,” he said.

Burnett has posted a 6.39 ERA with nine earned runs, eight walks and 12 strikeouts in four starts this spring.


Time running out for Matt Lindstrom to win spot with Angels
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:35 am ET) Angels pticher Matt Lindstrom can opt out of his contract if he's not placed on the active roster five days before the regular-season opener, and he believes he may not have an opening to fill in the bullpen, MLB.com reports.

"There's a ton of guys in here that have shown they can compete at this level," Lindstrom said. "I just hope I can be one of those guys that breaks camp with the team. It'd be fun to be on a team like this, that has so much potential, especially with how many games they won last year. The pitching staff's going to be solid no matter which way they go, but I'm hoping to be a part of that."

Lindstrom has given up seven runs in 4 2/3 spring innings but is excited about how his arm feels this spring.

"I can just tell the ball's coming out better," Lindstrom said. "Hopefully, that can just translate to outs."


Giants' Tim Lincecum strikes out seven Thursday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:22 am ET) Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks in five innings while racking up seven strikeouts in Thursday's spring start against the A's.

Lincecum has dealt with neck issues and mediocre performances but has looked much better over the last week, following a one-run outing Saturday by matching his seven strikeouts in his previous four outings. He appears on track to open the season as the team's No. 5 starter.


Rockies' Brandon Barnes displays new swing this spring
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:16 am ET) Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes brought a brand-new swing to spring training that features a high leg kick as he looks to cut down the strikeouts and "be the best version of me," the Denver Post reports.

"I tried to refine who I am and what type of player I am in the box," Barnes said Thursday. "I'm not a guy who's going to hit 30 home runs. I know that. I'm the big guy who needs to be a pest, drive the ball into gaps, hit doubles, use my speed to my advantage, bunt, all those things."

Barnes lost 10 pounds this offseason as he looked to come to camp more athletic and less stiff in the batter's box.

"We have this tremendous athlete, and you see him in the outfield and it shows up daily," manager Walt Weiss said. "But you saw him in the box last season, and there was some stiffness to his approach. And I'm saying, 'Be that guy in the box.' It made sense to him."

Barnes indicated that he's committed to the new approach that pulls the focus away from home runs.

"I had to go back and do some soul-searching to figure out who I was," Barnes said. "I'm the guy who goes out and plays really hard."


Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo goes hitless in return Thursday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo (triceps) returned to the lineup Thursday, going 0 for 4 while serving as the designated hitter in his team's 6-3 win over the Rockies.

Choo had been sidelined since March 15 due to a triceps injury and was reported to be targeting a return Saturday, but he was able to remain in for the entire game Thursday, picking up four at-bats in his role as DH. He's managed just four hits in 22 at-bats this spring.


Rangers' Fujikawa confident in return from Tommy John surgery
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Rangers pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa is scheduled to pitch Friday, and the Rangers will be keeping a close eye on the pitcher to determine if he has fully recovered from Tommy John surgery or if he'll need time in the minors to open the season, MLB.com reports.

Fujikawa hasn't allowed a run in four Cactus League outings but has struggled a bit in two camp games. He remains confident his recovery is on track.

"This is still spring training, not the regular season," Fujikawa said. "It's only going to get better. Coming into spring training, the surgery was out of my mind. As a player, I am really confident. I am not sure what my role will be, but I'll be confident whatever the situation is."

Manager Jeff Banister is looking for the pitcher to build off his spring success.

"The guy is coming off Tommy John," Banister said. "There are good days and bad days. He has logged a couple of good ones. Let's see that continue."


Twins Trevor Plouffe wants to cement his place at third
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is completely aware of the threat that Miguel Sano brings when it comes to the third base spot. Sano is considered by many to be a can't-miss player. But Plouffe is trying not to let that affect him or his play. 

“You can’t think about anything like that,” Plouffe said. “You can’t worry about what other people are saying about you. I’m more focused on getting this organization out of this rut that we’ve dug ourselves over the last four years.”

After moving around the infield for years, Plouffe seems to have found his place at third. The 28-year-old has a batting average of .245 with 62 home runs, 224 RBI and 398 strikeouts in five seasons.


Rangers' Ross Ohlendorf (groin) leaves Thursday's game
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Rangers pitcher Ross Ohlendorf was removed from Thursday's game against the Rockies due to recurring tightness in his right groin, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Ohlendorf tossed a scoreless inning and struck out two Thursday in his first appearance since March 15 but continued to battle groin issues. He's competing for a spot in the bullpen.


Yankees 3B Chase Headley wants more action in the field
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Yankees third baseman Chase Headley has played the fourth most innings on the field for the team with 78, but he has only had 13 chances at fielding balls, reports the New York Times. He is hoping that he gets more opportunities going forward.

“It’s crazy,” Headley said. “I’m begging for ground balls.”

Headley came over from the Padres last spring having spent his entire career there. He seemed to suffer the same circumstances there with limited chances to field balls. He spoke to some of his current teammates and his infield coach.

“I’ve talked with Joe Espada,” Headley said of the Yankees’ new infield coach. “And Didi and Stephen — I just want a routine, easy ground ball.”

Headley, who won a National League Gold Glove in 2012, has been using his practice time to stay sharp.

“Sometimes you’ll do a drill where the coach will flip the ball so you’re reading the swing and it’s a little bit more gamelike,” Headley said. “But there’s really no substitute for getting ground balls, and unfortunately that’s out of your control in spring training, so you do the best you can with it. The good thing is I’ve done it for a long time, so I’ll be fine.”


 
 
 
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