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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
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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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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 multi-year extension for Corey Kluber
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) The Indians will consider a multi-year 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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