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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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219Clint Barmes, PITSS$2FakeTeams.com
141Zack Cozart, CINSS$13FakeTeams.com
351Jonathan Herrera, COLSS$0FanDuel.com
303Tyler Pastornicky, ATLSS$0FanDuel.com
183Ruben Tejada, NYMSS$7FanDuel.com
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19Starlin Castro, CHCSS$28Mastersball.com (Carey)
288Alex Gonzalez, MILSS$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
57Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
12Andrelton Simmons, ATLSS$12Mastersball.com (Kreush)
199Willie Bloomquist, ARISS$1Patton & Co
172Rafael Furcal, STLSS$5Patton & Co
59Jean Segura, MILSS$14Razzball
258Didi Gregorius, ARISS$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
191Cliff Pennington, ARISS$4Yahoo! Sports

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White Sox OF Avisail Garcia dropped weight during offseason
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:02 am ET) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia dropped roughly 15 pounds during the offseason, according to MLB.com.

"I've been eating healthy, working real hard at the gym, Garcia said. "I have to be ready for spring training. I can't go there and be fat." With the weight loss, Garcia is hoping to keep his power potential. "I don't want to lose speed, I don't want to lose power," Garcia said. "I want to be in the middle. I know I can do a little bit of everything, so that's why I've been working really hard on speed, power, hitting and defense, so I can help my team win."

Garcia hit .244/.305/.413 over 172 at-bats last year.


Athletics' Billy Butler would welcome return to Royals
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:35 am ET) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler said he would love to return to the Royals later in his career, according to the Kansas City Star.

After spending the first eight seasons of his career in Kansas City, Butler signed a three-year deal with Oakland during the offseason. Though he left the Royals, Butler said there is no hard feelings. "It’s disappointing, but you understand that the game’s a business and I didn’t leave on bad terms," Butler said. "I’d be more than happy to come back. That’s home for me. I’ll always be forever tied to the Royals organization and the community there."

The 28-year-old hit .271/.323/.379 over 549 at-bats last year.


Indians to consider multiyear extension for Corey Kluber
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) The Indians will consider a multiyear extension for pitcher Corey Kluber, according to MLB.com.

General manager Mark Shapiro didn't indicate that the two sides were close to a deal, but said Kluber has all the aspects the team looks for when considering a long-term deal. "Corey represents all of the things we look for in players: dependable, reliable person, committed to his work ethic, talented." Shapiro added, "it's something we'll probably look at over the next couple of months. He has all the precursors that we would look for to enter into a multiyear agreement."

The 28-year-old Kluber is set to make the league-minimum next season, and won't be available for arbitration until 2016. He's under team control through 2018, so there's no hurry for either side to agree to a new deal. 

Kluber posted a 2.44 ERA over 235 2/3 innings last year.


Twins' Glen Perkins says he's 100 percent
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Twins reliever Glen Perkins said he's 100 percent heading into the season, according to MLB.com.

Perkins missed the last two weeks of the regular season due to a forearm injury, but said that's no longer a problem. He took two weeks off once the season concluded, and went for a precautionary MRI just to make sure the injury wasn't serious. "I took two weeks off and started doing shoulder stuff as part of the rehab to strengthen it and everything went well," Perkins said. "I started throwing again in mid-December. The way I've been able to ramp up throwing, everything has been good."

The 31-year-old Perkins posted a 3.65 ERA over 61 2/3 innings last season.


Tigers' Miguel Cabrera not expected to miss much time with injury
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is not expected to miss much time with his ankle injury, according to the Detroit Free Press

Cabrera had ankle surgery to remove bone spurs shortly after the season, and has been recovering during the offseason. He was recently cleared to ditch his walking boot, and will be re-evaluated by team doctors on Feb. 15. General manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters Cabrera shouldn't miss much time due to the injury. "We're hopeful at that point he gets turned loose," Dombrowski said. "If he's not ready for Opening Day, it's going to be very, very close."

The 31-year-old Cabrera hit .313/.371/.524 over 611 at-bats last year. 


Twins' Joe Mauer says his legs feel strong heading into 2015
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer said his legs feel strong heading into 2015, according to the Star Tribune.

Mauer was able to fully participate in an offseason training program after injuries prevented him from doing so last year. Mauer said his left knee, which has given him trouble in the past, feels strong now. :It’s tough to hit when the knee I’ve had problems with isn’t right," Mauer said. "That’s where you get your power from and the ball jumps. I feel good. I’m excited to get out there."

The 31-year-old Mauer is coming off a season in which he hit .277/.361/.371 over 455 at-bats.


Report: Yankees looking to void milestone bonuses for A-Rod
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) The Yankees are looking to void milestone bonuses in Alex Rodriguez 's contract, according to the New York Daily News.

When Rodriguez signed his deal with the club in 2007, it contained bonuses as Rodriguez tied or passed the top home run hitters. Rodriguez, who has 654 career home runs, is just six away from tying Willie Mays, which would trigger a $6 million bonus. He is also set to receive an additional $6 million once he ties Babe Ruth, and another $6 milliion if he ties Hank Aaron.

The team, however, now views those bonuses as worthless due to his 2014 suspension. The team will argue that these bonuses were signed under false pretenses. The club is apparently willing to fight the player's union over the decision should Rodriguez file a grievance. 

Rodriguez, who hasn't played since 2013, has already found it difficult to mend the fences with his team. Rodriguez proposed a meeting with the club where he would publicly apologize for his actions last season, but the team declined the offer. "This is a relationship that is never going to be repaired," one source told the Daily News.


Orioles, Ryan Flaherty avoid arbitration
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) The Orioles have avoided arbitration with infielder Ryan Flaherty, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

Flaherty will make $1.075 million next season. He can make an additional $25,000 if he receives 400 plate appearances. The 28-year-old Flaherty hit .221/.288/.356 over 281 at-bats last year.


Angels' Josh Hamilton setting lofty goals for 2015
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is ready to set some lofty goals for 2015, according to MLB.com.

Hamilton said he's aiming to hit .300, with 30 home runs and 100 RBI this year. After struggling through injuries in 2014, Hamilton said his offseason has been mostly normal. The 33-year-old hit .263/.331/.414 over 338 at-bats last year. 


Angels' Jered Weaver bulked up during offseason
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Angels pitcher Jered Weaver decided to bulk up during the offseason, according to MLB.com.

Weaver went from 199 pounds to 224 pounds during the offseason. He said the goal was to get bigger and stronger so that he can pitch deeper into games next year. The 32-year-old Weaver posted a 3.59 ERA over 213 1/3 innings. 


 
 
 
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