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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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Report: Angels' Hamilton likely to receive suspension
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2:05 am ET) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will likely be suspended for at least 25 games, according to FoxSports.com.

Hamilton met with Major League Baseball on Wednesday for a disciplinary hearing. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported that Hamilton experienced a drug relapse a few months ago, and confessed that relapse to MLB. 

This is technically Hamilton's second violation as a major-leaguer. Hamilton was on the Rays 40-man roster during his first suspension, making him a major-league player. Typically, players who violate their drug treatment program for the first time are subject to a 15-25 game suspension. Given that this is Hamilton's second violation of his drug treatment program, it's unclear how severe the punishment will be.

With that said, commissioner Rob Manfred is reportedly trying to be lenient with any punishment. The league has a "favorable view of Hamilton's efforts to remain sober." Since his return to the majors, Hamilton has spoken honestly about his struggles with addition.

On top of that, Manfred is concerned about making the punishment too harsh. Hamilton's past relaspes have come when he's been away from the game. Manfred reportedly is not close to making a final decision on Hamilton's punishment at this time. 

Hamilton was already expected to miss the beginning of the season due to a shoulder surgery. It's unclear how much longer he'll be out due to a suspension.


Angels, Huston Street haven't talked extension yet
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:11 am ET) The Angels and closer Huston Street have not talked about an extension yet, according to MLB.com.

Both sides are reportedly interested in a deal, but Street wanted to wait a week in order to settle in to camp. Once that happens, the two sides are expected to start negotiating a new deal. Street is entering the final year of his contract, and will make $7 million in 2015.

Street, 31, posted a 1.37 ERA over 59 1/3 innings last year.


Phillies' Ryan Howard working on his swing
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:20 am ET) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is working on his swing, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer

Howard has spent time working with Charlie Manuel during camp. Manuel was brought in as spring training hitting instructor. Manager Ryan Sandberg has noticed the change in Howard's approach already. "As far as making some adjustments there, to really zone in to something that can really be productive for him and a little bit more consistent," Sandberg said. "I think there has been a little tweaking going on there."

Howard apparently has looked different at the plate. His stance has been described as "looser" and his hands are much lower when he starts his swing. 

The 35-year-old hit .223/.310/.380 over 569 at-bats last year. 


Dodgers unsure how Grandal, Ellis will split time
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Dodgers aren't sure how they'll platoon their two catchers, according to the Orange County Register.

A.J. Ellis has been the team's primary option the past few seasons, but the club brought in Yasmani Grandal during the offseason. While Grandal has a much higher offensive upside, it's unclear how much he'll play once the regular season begins. 

"There’s nothing going to come out of this camp where we’re going to say, ‘OK, this guy is going to start 72 percent of the time’" general manager Andrew Friedman said. "It’s going to be much more about Donnie (Mattingly) writing the lineup each and every day for what gives us the best chance to win that day."

Mattingly admitted that Grandal has "tremendous upside offensively," so it's possible he could lead that way more often. While Mattingly has indicated that he doesn't want to assign any personal catchers yet, there's a sense Ellis could be used when Clayton Kershaw is on the mound. 

Grandal hit .225/.327/.401 over 377 at-bats last year. Ellis hit .191/.323/.254 over 283 at-bats. 


Giants sign Ronny Cedeno to minor-league deal
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Giants have signed infielder Ronny Cedeno to a minor-league deal, according to the PCL transactions page.

Cedeno, 32, spent most of the year in the minors. He hit .313/.368/.431 over 281 at-bats in Triple-A. Cedeno received nine at-bats with the Phillies, but failed to record a hit. 


Brewers' Scooter Gennett glad to have full-time role
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Brewers infielder Scooter Gennett is glad to have a full-time role heading into 2015, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Gennett spent last season in a platoon with Rickie Weeks, but with Weeks gone, he'll assume the full-time role. Gennett said he feels far less stressed about his position on the team this spring. "Seeing as I'm pretty much the everyday guy, that eliminated the stress, or whatever you want to call it, off my back," he said. 

"Just not having to worry about stuff out of my control. I've put myself in this position where I've earned the job, I've shown them what I can do, and now it's about consistently doing it," he added. 

Manager Ron Roenicke has already said he'll give Gennett plenty of opportunities to prove himself against left-handers. 

Gennett, 24, hit .289/.320/.434 over 440 at-bats last season. 


Cubs' Arismendy Alcantara will play all over the place
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Cubs utility man Arismendy Alcantara is going to play a lot of positions this season, according to ESPN.

Alcantara saw time in center last season, but the team's trade for Dexter Fowler will alter his role. Alcantara says he's ready for the challenge. "Mentally you have to be ready for that," Alcantara said. "They want me to play second base and the outfield." He's also expected to see some time at third base. 

Manager Joe Maddon is glad to have such a versatile player on the team. "When you get a guy like that and you want to give someone a rest, you don't feel like you're losing anything," Joe Maddon said. "And the big attraction there is also in-game. It's like having an extra guy on the bench."

The 23-year-old Alcantara hit .205/.254/.367 over 278 at-bats last year. 


Rockies ask Corey Dickerson to be more patient
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Rockies want Corey Dickerson to be a little more patient at the plate, according to MLB.com.

Dickerson had a breakout season in 2014, hitting .312/.364/.567 over 436 at-bats. He walked in 7.7 percent of his plate appearances, which was actually just above the league average. Still, the team wants Dickerson to be slightly less of a free-swinging this year.

"I talked to Corey about adding this much discipline to his game," manager Walt Weiss said. "We don't want that much, because then he wouldn't be Corey Dickerson." Weiss explained that it's difficult to deliver this type of message, as Dickerson's aggressiveness makes him effective. 

Dickerson said he would work harder to study pitchers and work on his approach during games. 

The 25-year-old is expected to open the year as the team's starter in left.


Marlins unlikely to add reliever now
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Marlins are unlikely to add a reliever now that Francisco Rodriguez is off the market, according to MLB.com.

The Marlins were involved in negotiations for K-Rod through at least Wednesday, and were reportedly willing to offer $10 million over two years. The club has been looking for a veteran reliever for some time, but may pass now that Rodriguez has signed with the Brewers.

Both Rafael Soriano and Phil Coke have been connected to Miami, but the team would likely only sign those players to minor-league contracts.


Diamondbacks' Chase Anderson a favorite for the rotation
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Diamondbacks consider Chase Anderson a favorite to break camp in the rotation, according to azcentral.com.

The club wants to create a lot of competition for the rotation, and it was initially believed Anderson would be competing for a spot. General manager Dave Stewart sort of quashed those rumors, saying he perceives Anderson as a strong favorite right now. "Chase Anderson won nine games for us last year; you have to strongly consider him as part of our rotation," Stewart said. 

Anderson is expected to pair with Josh Collmenter and Jeremy Hellickson for now. The club will determine the final two spots in the rotation during camp.

Anderson, 27, posted a 4.01 ERA over 114 1/3 innings last year.


 
 
 
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