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

Belt was on base when Brandon Crawford opened up the scoring with a fourth-inning grand slam, and the first baseman tacked on a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh on a pair of singles. Belt and the Giants face the Nationals in Washington Friday in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.


Josh Harrison the only bright spot Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11:36 pm ET) Pirates infielder Josh Harrison was the lone bright spot Wednesday night.

Harrison was the only player on the club to collect two hits during the outing. In his final two at-bats, Harrison hit two singles. The Pirates managed just four hits off Madison Bumgarner during the contest. Half of those came from Harrison's bat. Harrison enjoyed a breakout during the regular season, hitting .315/.347/.490 over 520 at-bats. 


Brandon Crawford becomes first SS with postseason grand slam
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:34 pm ET) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford went 1 for 5 with a grand slam in his team's 8-0 wild-card win over the Pirates Wednesday.

After the Giants loaded the bases in the fourth inning with two singles and a walk, Crawford deposited a ball over the right-field fence to break a scoreless tie. He became the first shortstop in postseason history to swat a grand slam. Grand slams are nothing new to Crawford, as he's collected three while hitting 27 career home runs (postseason included). The blast was all starter Madison Bumgarner would need, as he coasted to a complete-game shutout. The Giants open the National League Division Series Friday in Washington against the Nationals.


Madison Bumgarner goes distance in wild-card win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:28 pm ET) Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner dominated wire to wire in Wednesday's wild-card win, giving up just four hits and one walk in nine shutout innings and striking out 10 in his team's 8-0 victory over the Pirates.

Bumgarner (1-0) delivered in the winner-take-all contest, tossing 79 of his 109 pitches for strikes and keeping the Pirates at bay while the offense came through with a big performance, including a fourth-inning grand slam that broke a scoreless tie. Bumgarner has a date with the Nationals for Game 3 of the National League Division Series Monday when the series heads to San Francisco. Including Wednesday's wild-card game, the Giants have won all seven postseason series in which Bumgarner has pitched.


Edinson Volquez surrenders five runs in wild-card loss
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:21 pm ET) Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez took a loss in Wednesday's wild-card game, giving up five earned runs on five hits and three walks in five-plus innings while striking out three in his team's 8-0 defeat against the Giants.

Volquez (0-1) did a fine job through three innings but ran into trouble quickly in the fourth, giving up back-to-back singles before a walk loaded the bases for Brandon Crawford, who smashed a grand slam over the right field wall to put the Giants ahead for good. Volquez was pulled after issuing a walk to start the sixth inning, with the runner coming around to score after the starter had departed. It's a disappointing performance after Volquez posted a 1.08 ERA in five September starts. He hadn't taken a loss since July 21.


Blue Jays outright Munenori Kawasaki, Dan Johnson
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:07 pm ET) The Blue Jays have outrighted infielder Munenori Kawasaki and first baseman Dan Johnson.

Kawasaki hit .258/.327/.296 with 17 RBI and one stolen base in 240 at-bats. He made 64 appearances at second base and 19 at third base while also playing shortstop four times. Johnson recorded just 38 at-bats with the Blue Jays, hitting .211/.333/.342 with one home run and seven RBI.


Stephen Vogt expected to undergo foot surgery
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:15 pm ET) Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt is expected to undergo surgery to repair a plantar plate tear in his injured foot, though he will seek a second opinion before having the procedure, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Vogt, who went 0 for 3 in Tuesday's wild-card loss to the Royals, struggled in the second half of September after missing 11 games earlier in the month. He still finished the season with a .279/.321/.431 line along with nine home runs and 35 RBI in 269 at-bats.


Hyun-Jin Ryu throws problem-free simulated game
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:09 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu threw 45 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday and reported no problems "before, during or after" with his injured shoulder, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Ryu will have the shoulder examined Thursday, and if no problems are found, he could be an option for Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals Monday. Out since Sept. 12, he posted a 3.38 ERA and 139:29 K:BB ratio in 152 innings.


Chris Owings to undergo shoulder surgery Thursday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:05 pm ET) Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings will undergo surgery on his left shoulder Thursday, the team announced.

Owings missed the last few games of the season with the shoulder issue, finishing the year with a .261/.300/.406 line along with six home runs, 26 RBI and eight stolen bases in 310 at-bats. He is expected to be ready for the beginning of spring training.


C.J. Cron to DH in Game 1 of ALDS
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:23 pm ET) Angels first baseman C.J. Cron will serve as the designated hitter in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Royals Thursday, MLB.com reports.

After a sold start to his season in May and June, Cron has slowed down considerably in the second half, hitting just .209/.261/.395 with two home runs in 43 at-bats in September. He wrapped up his first major-league season with a .256/.289/.450 line along with 11 home runs and 37 RBI in 242 at-bats.


 
 
 
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