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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
4Ryan Braun, MILOF$40CBSSports.com (Melchior)
8Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$39FakeTeams.com
6Matt Kemp, LADOF$39FanDuel.com
28Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$37CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
7Joey Votto, CIN1B$37Patton & Co
11Andrew McCutchen, PITOF$34Yahoo! Sports
25Justin Upton, ATLOF$32Mastersball.com (Carey)
33Hanley Ramirez, LAD3B$31CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
39Buster Posey, SFC$31FanDuel.com
5Clayton Kershaw, LADP$31Mastersball.com (Kreush)
16Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$30CBSSports.com (White)
10Stephen Strasburg, WASP$30FakeTeams.com
22David Wright, NYM3B$29Baseball Prospectus
13Jay Bruce, CINOF$29Razzball
1Bryce Harper, WASOF$29RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
85B.J. Upton, ATLOF$29Yahoo! Sports
87Ian Desmond, WASSS$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
64Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
40Jason Heyward, ATLOF$28CBSSports.com (White)
19Starlin Castro, CHCSS$28Mastersball.com (Carey)
45Allen Craig, STL1B$27Baseball Prospectus
79Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$27CBSSports.com (Melchior)
58Matt Holliday, STLOF$27CBSSports.com (White)
35Matt Cain, SFP$27Yahoo! Sports
17Chase Headley, SD3B$27Yahoo! Sports
61Shin-Soo Choo, CINOF$26CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
21Cliff Lee, PHIP$26CBSSports.com (Melchior)
18Cole Hamels, PHIP$26Patton & Co
31Adrian Gonzalez, LAD1B$26Razzball
9Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$25Mastersball.com (Kreush)
43Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$25RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
65Martin Prado, ARIOF$25Yahoo! Sports
54Zack Greinke, LADP$24FanDuel.com
91Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$24Mastersball.com (Carey)
57Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
55Ike Davis, NYM1B$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
52Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$24Razzball
34Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$24Razzball
76Norichika Aoki, MILOF$22Baseball Prospectus
67Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$22CBSSports.com (White)
23Madison Bumgarner, SFP$22Patton & Co
89Aaron Hill, ARI2B$22Yahoo! Sports
37Ryan Howard, PHI1B$21FanDuel.com
103Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
84Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
20Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$21Patton & Co
100Jayson Werth, WASOF$20Baseball Prospectus
70Mat Latos, CINP$20CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
42Adam Wainwright, STLP$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
106Carlos Beltran, STLOF$20FakeTeams.com
3Kris Medlen, ATLP$20FakeTeams.com
126Jordan Zimmermann, WASP$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
29Carlos Gomez, MILOF$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
41Gio Gonzalez, WASP$20Patton & Co
72Tim Lincecum, SFP$19FakeTeams.com
88Rafael Soriano, WASP$19FanDuel.com
66Johnny Cueto, CINP$19FanDuel.com
30Carl Crawford, LADOF$19FanDuel.com
80Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$19Patton & Co
60Andre Ethier, LADOF$19Patton & Co
92Hunter Pence, SFOF$19Razzball
102Adam Eaton, ARIOF$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
56Roy Halladay, PHIP$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
51Yadier Molina, STLC$19Yahoo! Sports
74John Axford, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
71Yovani Gallardo, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
105Sergio Romo, SFP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
93Chase Utley, PHI2B$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
47Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$18CBSSports.com (White)
69Jason Motte, STLP$18Mastersball.com (Kreush)
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$18Patton & Co
99Wilin Rosario, COLC$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
15Jeff Samardzija, CHCP$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
121Lance Lynn, STLP$17Baseball Prospectus
117Huston Street, SDP$17Baseball Prospectus
110Starling Marte, PITOF$17CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
97David Freese, STL3B$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
53Corey Hart, MIL1B$17CBSSports.com (White)
95Dan Uggla, ATL2B$17FakeTeams.com
81Ben Revere, PHIOF$17FakeTeams.com
24Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$17FanDuel.com
96Josh Rutledge, COLSS$17Mastersball.com (Carey)
63Juan Pierre, MIAOF$17Mastersball.com (Kreush)
32Aroldis Chapman, CINP$17Razzball
98Todd Frazier, CIN3B$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
155Tyler Colvin, COLOF$16CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
111Ian Kennedy, ARIP$16CBSSports.com (White)
109Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$16FakeTeams.com
138Jason Grilli, PITP$16FanDuel.com
62J.J. Putz, ARIP$16Mastersball.com (Carey)
77Dexter Fowler, COLOF$16Patton & Co
73Neil Walker, PIT2B$16Razzball
140Brandon Belt, SF1B$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
27Dan Haren, WASP$15Baseball Prospectus
127Matt Harvey, NYMP$15CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
119Miguel Montero, ARIC$15Mastersball.com (Carey)
49Michael Young, PHI1B$15Patton & Co
136Rafael Betancourt, COLP$15Razzball
82Jonathon Niese, NYMP$15RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
108Denard Span, WASOF$15Yahoo! Sports
68Cameron Maybin, SDOF$15Yahoo! Sports
123Jason Kubel, ARIOF$14CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
75Jon Jay, STLOF$14CBSSports.com (Melchior)
113Logan Morrison, MIAOF$14Mastersball.com (Carey)
59Jean Segura, MILSS$14Razzball
150Jonathan Broxton, CINP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
137Steve Cishek, MIAP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
83Everth Cabrera, SDSS$13CBSSports.com (Melchior)
134Mike Minor, ATLP$13CBSSports.com (White)
120Yonder Alonso, SD1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
86Matt Carpenter, STL1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
141Zack Cozart, CINSS$13FakeTeams.com
114Brian McCann, ATLC$13Patton & Co
104Marco Scutaro, SF2B$13Yahoo! Sports
107Justin Ruggiano, MIAOF$12CBSSports.com (White)
46Marco Estrada, MILP$12CBSSports.com (White)
115Garrett Jones, PIT1B$12FakeTeams.com
94Homer Bailey, CINP$12Mastersball.com (Carey)
12Andrelton Simmons, ATLSS$12Mastersball.com (Kreush)
142Carlos Quentin, SDOF$11Baseball Prospectus
130Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
90Matt Garza, CHCP$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
38Jedd Gyorko, SD3B$11Mastersball.com (Carey)
122Wilson Ramos, WASC$10Baseball Prospectus
149Lucas Duda, NYMOF$10FakeTeams.com
26Yasmani Grandal, SDC$10FanDuel.com
209Chris Nelson, COL3B$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
203Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
118Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$10Patton & Co
154Cody Ross, ARIOF$10RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
148Logan Forsythe, SD2B$9Baseball Prospectus
153Russell Martin, PITC$9CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
78Daniel Murphy, NYM2B$9FakeTeams.com
132A.J. Burnett, PITP$9FanDuel.com
116Shaun Marcum, NYMP$9Mastersball.com (Carey)
164Will Venable, SDOF$9Razzball
161Brandon League, LADP$9Razzball
125Mike Fiers, MILP$9Razzball
147Trevor Cahill, ARIP$9RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
160Josh Beckett, LADP$8Baseball Prospectus
44Shelby Miller, STLP$8CBSSports.com (White)
14Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$8CBSSports.com (White)
139Kenley Jansen, LADP$8FakeTeams.com
131Travis d'Arnaud, NYMC$8Mastersball.com (Kreush)
177Rob Brantly, MIAC$8Razzball
112Brandon McCarthy, ARIP$8Razzball
162Carlos Marmol, CHCP$8RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
145Wade Miley, ARIP$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
183Ruben Tejada, NYMSS$7FanDuel.com
133Delmon Young, PHIOF$7FanDuel.com
190Darin Ruf, PHIOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
181Travis Snider, PITOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
135Domonic Brown, PHIOF$6Baseball Prospectus
129Trevor Rosenthal, STLP$6Baseball Prospectus
163Kyuji Fujikawa, CHCP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
157Jaime Garcia, STLP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
50Juan Francisco, ATL3B$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
124Oscar Taveras, STLOF$6CBSSports.com (White)
201David DeJesus, CHCOF$6FakeTeams.com
213Stephen Lombardozzi, WAS2B$6FanDuel.com
171Johan Santana, NYMP$6FanDuel.com
176Ryan Vogelsong, SFP$6Mastersball.com (Carey)
168Tim Hudson, ATLP$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
48Chris Johnson, ATL3B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
36Darwin Barney, CHC2B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
186Mark Ellis, LAD2B$6Razzball
179Hyun-Jin Ryu, LADP$6Razzball
173Edwin Jackson, CHCP$6Razzball
144Paul Maholm, ATLP$6Yahoo! Sports
143Jordan Pacheco, COL3B$6Yahoo! Sports
208Collin Cowgill, NYMOF$5Baseball Prospectus
167Andrew Cashner, SDP$5Baseball Prospectus
189Welington Castillo, CHCC$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
192Tyler Clippard, WASP$5FakeTeams.com
211John Mayberry, PHIOF$5Patton & Co
172Rafael Furcal, STLSS$5Patton & Co
195Dillon Gee, NYMP$5Razzball
217Chris Heisey, CINOF$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
151Bobby Parnell, NYMP$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
220Tyler Moore, WASOF$4Baseball Prospectus
218Kolten Wong, STL2B$4Baseball Prospectus
216Francisco Liriano, PITP$4CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
215Donovan Solano, MIA2B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
175Frank Francisco, NYMP$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
228Daniel Descalso, STL2B$4FakeTeams.com
222Scott Hairston, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
188A.J. Ellis, LADC$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
159Kyle Lohse, STLP$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
197Wandy Rodriguez, PITP$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
193Nate Schierholtz, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
156Chris Capuano, LADP$4Razzball
169Hunter Morris, MIL1B$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
146Cory Luebke, SDP$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
191Cliff Pennington, ARISS$4Yahoo! Sports
196Ryan Hanigan, CINC$3Baseball Prospectus
184Brandon Crawford, SFSS$3Baseball Prospectus
174Kurt Suzuki, WASC$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
223Dee Gordon, LADSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
202James McDonald, PITP$3CBSSports.com (White)
2Billy Hamilton, CINSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
236Julio Teheran, ATLP$3FakeTeams.com
178Chad Billingsley, LADP$3FakeTeams.com
185Ross Detwiler, WASP$3Mastersball.com (Carey)
248Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$3Mastersball.com (Kreush)
187Drew Storen, WASP$3Patton & Co
205John Buck, NYMC$3Razzball
239Jose Tabata, PITOF$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
212Devin Mesoraco, CINC$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
180Luis Cruz, LAD3B$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
194Kyle Kendrick, PHIP$3Yahoo! Sports
182Gerrit Cole, PITP$2Baseball Prospectus
249DJ LeMahieu, COL2B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
166Santiago Casilla, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
158Brian Wilson, SFP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
128Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA3B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
271Wily Peralta, MILP$2CBSSports.com (White)
268Brandon Beachy, ATLP$2CBSSports.com (White)
221Jacob Turner, MIAP$2CBSSports.com (White)
245Hector Sanchez, SFC$2FakeTeams.com
229Jonny Venters, ATLP$2FakeTeams.com
219Clint Barmes, PITSS$2FakeTeams.com
198Ty Wigginton, STL1B$2FakeTeams.com
255Patrick Corbin, ARIP$2FanDuel.com
232Todd Helton, COL1B$2FanDuel.com
210Brett Jackson, CHCOF$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
206David Hernandez, ARIP$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
200Placido Polanco, MIA3B$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
244Sean Marshall, CINP$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
240Erik Kratz, PHIC$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
250Michael McKenry, PITC$2Patton & Co
204Gaby Sanchez, PIT1B$2Patton & Co
170Luke Gregerson, SDP$2Patton & Co
269Tyler Skaggs, ARIP$2Yahoo! Sports
243Jordany Valdespin, NYMOF$2Yahoo! Sports
237Bronson Arroyo, CINP$2Yahoo! Sports
235Nick Hundley, SDC$2Yahoo! Sports
225Clayton Richard, SDP$2Yahoo! Sports
152Eric Young, COLOF$2Yahoo! Sports
231Eric Chavez, ARI3B$1Baseball Prospectus
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)
261Casey Kotchman, MIA1B$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
252Rod Barajas, ARIC$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
242Drew Pomeranz, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
265Chris Denorfia, SDOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
256Jorge Soler, CHCOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
247Juan Nicasio, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
226Tony Campana, ARIOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
267Zack Wheeler, NYMP$1CBSSports.com (White)
259Gerald Laird, ATLC$1CBSSports.com (White)
224Scott Baker, CHCP$1FakeTeams.com
272Jake Westbrook, STLP$1FanDuel.com
260Jerry Sands, PITOF$1FanDuel.com
251Henderson Alvarez, MIAP$1FanDuel.com
241Brent Lillibridge, CHCOF$1FanDuel.com
230Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYMOF$1FanDuel.com
207Carlos Lee, MIA1B$1FanDuel.com
165A.J. Ramos, MIAP$1Mastersball.com (Carey)
257Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
238Ted Lilly, LADP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
227Gregor Blanco, SFOF$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
270Travis Wood, CHCP$1Patton & Co
263Wilton Lopez, COLP$1Patton & Co
254Ian Stewart, CHC3B$1Patton & Co
234Mark Rogers, MILP$1Patton & Co
199Willie Bloomquist, ARISS$1Patton & Co
262Taylor Green, MIL1B$1Razzball
253Andres Torres, SFOF$1Razzball
233Roger Bernadina, WASOF$1Razzball
266Skip Schumaker, LAD2B$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
258Didi Gregorius, ARISS$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
264Barry Zito, SFP$1Yahoo! Sports
246Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Yahoo! Sports
214Mark Melancon, PITP$1Yahoo! Sports
352Alex Castellanos, LADOF$0Baseball Prospectus
345Brad Boxberger, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
328Kevin Slowey, MIAP$0Baseball Prospectus
321Alex Presley, PITOF$0Baseball Prospectus
304Ramon Hernandez, COLC$0Baseball Prospectus
297Casey Kelly, SDP$0Baseball Prospectus
280Jerry Hairston, LAD3B$0Baseball Prospectus
353Reid Brignac, COLSS$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
344Brandon Inge, PIT3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
329Tony Cingrani, CINP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
320Evan Gattis, ATLOF$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
305Randall Delgado, ARIP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
296Scott Feldman, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
281Nick Punto, LAD3B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
359Sean Gilmartin, ATLP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
338Jon Rauch, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
335Tim Federowicz, LADC$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
314John Lannan, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
311Jose Fernandez, MIAP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
290Ryan Wheeler, COL3B$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
287Gorkys Hernandez, MIAOF$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
350Jim Henderson, MILP$0CBSSports.com (White)
347Yasiel Puig, LADOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
326Matt Davidson, ARI3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
323Wilmer Flores, NYM3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
302Carlos Villanueva, CHCP$0CBSSports.com (White)
299Mike Adams, PHIP$0CBSSports.com (White)
278Mike Baxter, NYMOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
356Arodys Vizcaino, CHCP$0FakeTeams.com
341Martin Maldonado, MILC$0FakeTeams.com
332Jake Marisnick, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
317Christian Yelich, MIAOF$0FakeTeams.com
308Marlon Byrd, NYMOF$0FakeTeams.com
293Daniel Hudson, ARIP$0FakeTeams.com
284Kyle McPherson, PITP$0FakeTeams.com
351Jonathan Herrera, COLSS$0FanDuel.com
346Jack Hannahan, CIN3B$0FanDuel.com
327Ryan Theriot, SF2B$0FanDuel.com
322Chris Snyder, WASC$0FanDuel.com
303Tyler Pastornicky, ATLSS$0FanDuel.com
298Joe Kelly, STLP$0FanDuel.com
279Anthony Bass, SDP$0FanDuel.com
357Michael Olmsted, MILP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
340Josh Vitters, CHC3B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
333J.J. Hoover, CINP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
316Javier Vazquez, MIAP$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
309Jesus Guzman, SDOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
292Greg Dobbs, MIAOF$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
285Matt Adams, STL1B$0Mastersball.com (Carey)
360Josh Harrison, PIT2B$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
337Edward Mujica, STLP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
336Logan Schafer, MILOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
313Xavier Paul, CINOF$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
312Dioner Navarro, CHCC$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
289Jeff Karstens, PITP$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
288Alex Gonzalez, MILSS$0Mastersball.com (Kreush)
355Luis Valbuena, CHC3B$0Patton & Co
342Jose Valverde, N/AP$0Patton & Co
331Kyle Blanks, SDOF$0Patton & Co
318Charlie Blackmon, COLOF$0Patton & Co
307Jonathan Sanchez, PITP$0Patton & Co
294Anthony Rendon, WAS3B$0Patton & Co
283Nolan Arenado, COL3B$0Patton & Co
354Freddy Garcia, SDP$0Razzball
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Carter Capps' return from DL could come soon
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:19 pm ET) Marlins reliever Carter Capps could return to the team shortly after rosters expand Sept. 1, MLB.com reports Friday.

Capps, who has been out since late May with an elbow injury, began his minor-league rehab assignment at the team's Gulf Coast League affiliate earlier this week. He had a 3.00 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 12 innings prior to injuring his elbow. 


Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez likely to get first taste of the majors
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:11 pm ET) Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has thrived since making the switch to the bullpen at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and the Philadelphia Inquirer reports Friday is "almost a lock" to join the team when rosters expand next week.

Gonzalez has appeared in 11 games out of the bullpen at Triple-A, posting a 1.72 ERA with 17 strikeouts and eight walks in 15 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old struggled mightily at Class A Clearwater earlier in the season, before the switch to the bullpen was made, after a disappointing run in spring training.

"He wasn't sharp, he wasn't strong in spring training," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "So to see what he's doing now, see what that looks like, anxious to see that if he's one of the guys. He should be one of the guys."


Jorge De La Rosa blocked on waivers
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:43 am ET) Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa was claimed on waivers and will not be traded prior to Monday's deadline, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman Friday.

It is not clear which team claimed De La Rosa, but it was apparently done solely to block a trade to a possible contender. The Rockies looked to trade De La Rosa before the non-waiver deadline in July, but he will not head into free agency, where the Rockies intend to make him a qualifying offer before trying to re-sign him.  

He has a 4.19 ERA and 13-9 record in 154 2/3 innings on the season. 


Nelson Cruz, Orioles open to long-term deal
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:39 am ET) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz has been a bargain this season while working on a one-year, $8 million deal, and CBSSports.com Baseball insider Jon Heyman reports Friday the arrangement could become a long-term one this offseason.

The Orioles and Cruz have not begun early negotiations on an extension, both sides have expressed a willingness to continue to relationship beyond this season. Cruz leads the league with 34 home runs, and is hitting .256/.324/.510 with 88 RBI in 130 games overall.  


Mets discussing Travis d'Arnaud position change
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:30 am ET) The Mets have had preliminary conversations with catcher Travis d'Arnaud about possibly changing positions to keep him healthy, the New York Daily News reports Friday.

"We've talked about it,” manager Terry Collins said. "We’ve brought it up. Obviously, with what he's started to do offensively, we've got to see if these concussions are leading to anything. Is he changing his position (defensively), where he is positioning himself behind the hitter, to get less foul tips?"

d'Arnaud has had four reported concussions in his career, an issue that is only exacerbated by playing behind the plate. Despite that, Collins does not think it is likely to happen at this point.

d'Arnaud has made himself an indispensable part of the club's long-term plans with his play this season. Since returning from his latest concussion in June, he is hitting .265/.308/.486 over his last 50 games. 


Joe Thatcher's mound session 'didn't go well'
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:20 am ET) Angels reliever Joe Thatcher tried to throw off a mound recently, but his sprained ankle continues to bother him, and he told the Orange Country Register Thursday the session went poorly.

Thatcher is still aiming to return in mid-September, but it is not clear if he has a timetable to throw off a mound again at this point. Once his ankle is healed, however, Thatcher expects to return quickly.

"My arm is in shape," he said. "So as soon as my ankle is ready, I'll be ready to go. There's no build-up process."


Searching for answers, Justin Masterson to pitch out of stretch
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:16 am ET) Cardinals starting pitcher Justin Masterson is looking for a solution to his ongoing woes, and he told the St. Louis Dispatch his next start will feature a drastic change.

After trying it out during a bullpen session Wednesday, Masterson told reporters he will pitch exclusively out of the stretch in his start against the Cubs. The decision comes after Masterson has allowed 19 runs in his first 23 innings since the Cardinals acquired him, and the hope is that simplifying his deliver will lead to better results.

"For the most part, I was pitching out of the windup, and things would get better out of the stretch at times," Masterson said. "So we simplified it. I went only out of the stretch (in the bullpen). Less moving parts. You don't have to worry about step back, turn around, ready to throw."

Masterson feels like he can pitch out of the stretch without sacrificing velocity or overall effectiveness. He has struggled mightily with out of the stretch this season, however, allowing a .312/.414/.455 line with runners on base. 


Fernando Salas picks up win No. 5 in extras
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:53 am ET) Angels reliever Fernando Salas kept his record perfect on the season as he picked up the win in a 4-3 victory over the A's Thursday.

Salas pitched a perfect top of the 10th inning, striking out one batter and retiring the side in order on 14 pitches. He picked up the win when the Angels scored in the bottom half of the inning, moving his record to 5-0 while lowering his season ERA to 2.23 in 48 1/3 innings of work. 


Slumping Ryan Cook loses it in extras
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:40 am ET) Athletics reliever Ryan Cook struggled yet again Thursday, and this time the offense would not bail him out in a 4-43 loss to the Angels.

One night after blowing a save by allowing two runs, Cook had trouble setting the Angels down in the bottom of the 10th. He allowed a leadoff walk followed by a single, and then lost the game on Howie Kendrick's game-winning sacrifice fly.

Cook allowed one run in two-thirds of an inning, raising his season ERA to 3.45 in 44 1/3 innings. He has allowed 17 runs overall on the season, seven of which have come in his last six outings. 


Josh Donaldson homers, reaches four times in loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:33 am ET) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson had gone more than two weeks since his last home run before going deep in a 4-3 loss to the Angels Friday.

Donaldson tied the game with his sixth inning solo home run, a shot that eventually sent the game into extras. He went 2 for 3 overall in the game, while added a pair of walks in the loss.  

Donaldson has found his swing again in the month of August, though he has just three home runs in 85 games. He is still hitting .294/.419/.482 with 12 RBI and nine runs scored in the month.


 
 
 
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