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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
323Wilmer Flores, NYM3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
122Wilson Ramos, WASC$10Baseball Prospectus
263Wilton Lopez, COLP$1Patton & Co
271Wily Peralta, MILP$2CBSSports.com (White)
313Xavier Paul, CINOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
51Yadier Molina, STLC$19Yahoo! Sports
347Yasiel Puig, LADOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
26Yasmani Grandal, SDC$10FanDuel.com
120Yonder Alonso, SD1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
334Yorvit Torrealba, COLC$0Yahoo! Sports
71Yovani Gallardo, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
291Yuniesky Betancourt, PHI2B$0Yahoo! Sports
141Zack Cozart, CINSS$13FakeTeams.com
54Zack Greinke, LADP$24FanDuel.com
267Zack Wheeler, NYMP$1CBSSports.com (White)

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Still no timetable for Homer Bailey's return
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:44 pm ET) There's no timetable for Reds pitcher Homer Bailey yet, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Bailey did have a PRP injection to combat the injury. He's been sidelined since August 7 with elbow and neck issues. Bailey had a 3.71 ERA over 145 2/3 innings prior to the injury.


Jake McGee locks down save No. 14
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:40 pm ET) Rays pitcher Jake McGee picked up his 14th save Thursday against the Tigers.

McGee entered the ninth with a one-run lead. He induced a groundout to begin the inning, but couldn't work around Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera singled, putting the tying run on first. That was the extent of the Tigers comeback. McGee got Victor Martinez to fly out, and J.D. Martinez to pop out to end the game. It was the first appearance in which McGee did not record a strikeout since July 4. 


Allen Craig could have offseason foot surgery
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:36 pm ET) Cardinals infielder Allen Craig could have offseason surgery on his foot, according to WEEI. 

Craig is dealing with a Lisfranc injury, and will attempt to play through it down the stretch. He could opt for offseason surgery if he can't handle an increased workload moving forward. Craig has hit .237/.291/.348 over 371 at-bats.


Alex Cobb comes out ahead in pitcher's duel
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:32 pm ET) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb got the best of former teammate David Price Thursday, as he came out ahead in a 1-0 win over the Tigers.

Cobb was at the top of his game in the pitcher's duel, as he tossed seven shutout innings in the win. He allowed just two hits and a pair of walks, while striking out six batters on 101 pitches.

Cobb opened the season with losses in three of his first four decisions, but is unbeaten since June 13. He is 9-6 with a 3.01 ERA overall, heading into his start Tuesday against the Orioles. 


Rays get best of David Price in return
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:29 pm ET) Tigers pitcher David Price tossed the ball well against his former teammates Thursday, but the Rays still got the best of him as Detroit fell, 1-0.

Price tossed an eight-inning complete game in the loss, and allowed just one unearned run in the first inning. He was pretty much flawless otherwise, allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out nine batters on 100 pitches in the tough-luck loss.

Price is 1-1 in four starts since joining the Tigers, as his record now stands at 12-9 for the season. He has allowed eight runs in 30 2/3 innings with Detroit to lower his season ERA to 3.00, heading into his start against the Yankees next Wednesday. 


Phil Hughes wins fourth straight
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:23 pm ET) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes twirled yet another gem Thursday, in a 4-1 win over the Indians, his fourth straight.

Hughes allowed just one run for the fourth start in a row, while completing seven full innings yet again. He scattered five hits without walking a batter, and struck out eight over 97 pitches for the win.

Hughes improved his record to 14-8 with the win, while lowering his ERA to 3.65. He will try to stretch his winning streak to five starts when he takes on the Royals Wednesday. 


Ryan Zimmerman able to throw Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:21 pm ET) Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman was able to throw Thursday, according to The Washington Post.

Zimmerman participated in a light throwing session prior to Thursday's game. He plans to repeat the drill from different distances depending on how his hamstring responds. Manager Matt Williams said it was a small step in Zimmerman's return to action. "It’s part of the strengthening process and getting him back to some baseball activity and working through that," Williams said. "That’s the early stages of it but it’s a step for sure."

Zimmerman has been working on an anti-gravity treadmill over the past weeks. He'll have to hit, run at full speed and run the bases before he returns. The last of which will be the most difficult according to Williams because Zimmerman "has to react and turn and create different angles." 

Williams told reporters Wednesday that he believes Zimmerman will return in September.


Corey Kluber takes rare loss despite quality start
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:17 pm ET) Indians pitcher Corey Kluber stumbled just a bit Thursday against the Twins, and it led to him dropping his first decision since late June in a 4-1 loss.

Kluber still came away from the outing with a quality start, his seventh in a row, but struggled with his command a bit. Kluber walked four batters and allowed six hits en route to three runs allowed over seven innings, though he also struck out eight batters in the loss.

Kluber falls to 13-7 as his six-decision winning streak came to an end, while his ERA rose slightly to 2.46. He still ranks third in the American League in ERA heading into his next start, set for Wednesday against the White Sox. 


Red Sox missing punch in middle of lineup Thursday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:53 pm ET) The Red Sox will be without designated hitter David Ortiz (soreness), third baseman Will Middlebrooks (hamstring) and first baseman Mike Napoli (back) for Thursday's game against the Angels, as all three are out of the starting lineup. They remain day to day collectively moving forward. 

Alex Hassan sent back to Triple-A
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:50 pm ET) The Red Sox optioned outfielder Alex Hassan back to Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday, to make room on the active roster for the return of Allen Craig from the disabled list. Hassan appeared in just one game for the Red Sox in his most recent stint, going hitless in one at-bat. 

 
 
 
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