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

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Blue Jays RF Jose Bautista puts end to seven-game hitless streak
by Michael Hurcomb |
(5:17 pm ET) Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista put an end to a seven-game hitless streak (0 for 23) during Wednesday's 11-2 win against the Red Sox. Bautista went 2 for 3, which included his 16th home run, with three RBI, one run and one strikeout.

Bautista connected for a two-run homer off Rick Porcello in the second inning to give Toronto a 7-0 lead. It was his ninth home run since June 1.

He added a sac fly in the sixth inning for his 53rd RBI this season. Bautista has 23 RBI in his last 28 games.