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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
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
231Eric Chavez, ARI3B$1Baseball Prospectus
220Tyler Moore, WASOF$4Baseball Prospectus
218Kolten Wong, STL2B$4Baseball Prospectus
208Collin Cowgill, NYMOF$5Baseball Prospectus
196Ryan Hanigan, CINC$3Baseball Prospectus
184Brandon Crawford, SFSS$3Baseball Prospectus
182Gerrit Cole, PITP$2Baseball Prospectus
167Andrew Cashner, SDP$5Baseball Prospectus
160Josh Beckett, LADP$8Baseball Prospectus
148Logan Forsythe, SD2B$9Baseball Prospectus
142Carlos Quentin, SDOF$11Baseball Prospectus
135Domonic Brown, PHIOF$6Baseball Prospectus
129Trevor Rosenthal, STLP$6Baseball Prospectus
122Wilson Ramos, WASC$10Baseball Prospectus
121Lance Lynn, STLP$17Baseball Prospectus
117Huston Street, SDP$17Baseball Prospectus
100Jayson Werth, WASOF$20Baseball Prospectus
76Norichika Aoki, MILOF$22Baseball Prospectus
74John Axford, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
71Yovani Gallardo, MILP$18Baseball Prospectus
45Allen Craig, STL1B$27Baseball Prospectus
27Dan Haren, WASP$15Baseball Prospectus
22David Wright, NYM3B$29Baseball 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)
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)
249DJ LeMahieu, COL2B$2CBSSports.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)
155Tyler Colvin, COLOF$16CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
153Russell Martin, PITC$9CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
128Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA3B$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
127Matt Harvey, NYMP$15CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
123Jason Kubel, ARIOF$14CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
110Starling Marte, PITOF$17CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
87Ian Desmond, WASSS$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
70Mat Latos, CINP$20CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
64Ryan Zimmerman, WAS3B$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
61Shin-Soo Choo, CINOF$26CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
33Hanley Ramirez, LAD3B$31CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
28Carlos Gonzalez, COLOF$37CBSSports.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)
265Chris Denorfia, SDOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
256Jorge Soler, CHCOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
247Juan Nicasio, COLP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
226Tony Campana, ARIOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
215Donovan Solano, MIA2B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
189Welington Castillo, CHCC$5CBSSports.com (Melchior)
175Frank Francisco, NYMP$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
174Kurt Suzuki, WASC$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
163Kyuji Fujikawa, CHCP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
157Jaime Garcia, STLP$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
145Wade Miley, ARIP$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
130Ryan Ludwick, CINOF$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
105Sergio Romo, SFP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
97David Freese, STL3B$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
93Chase Utley, PHI2B$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
90Matt Garza, CHCP$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
83Everth Cabrera, SDSS$13CBSSports.com (Melchior)
79Freddie Freeman, ATL1B$27CBSSports.com (Melchior)
75Jon Jay, STLOF$14CBSSports.com (Melchior)
50Juan Francisco, ATL3B$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
42Adam Wainwright, STLP$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
21Cliff Lee, PHIP$26CBSSports.com (Melchior)
4Ryan Braun, MILOF$40CBSSports.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)
271Wily Peralta, MILP$2CBSSports.com (White)
268Brandon Beachy, ATLP$2CBSSports.com (White)
267Zack Wheeler, NYMP$1CBSSports.com (White)
259Gerald Laird, ATLC$1CBSSports.com (White)
223Dee Gordon, LADSS$3CBSSports.com (White)
221Jacob Turner, MIAP$2CBSSports.com (White)
202James McDonald, PITP$3CBSSports.com (White)
134Mike Minor, ATLP$13CBSSports.com (White)
124Oscar Taveras, STLOF$6CBSSports.com (White)
120Yonder Alonso, SD1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
111Ian Kennedy, ARIP$16CBSSports.com (White)
107Justin Ruggiano, MIAOF$12CBSSports.com (White)
86Matt Carpenter, STL1B$13CBSSports.com (White)
67Pablo Sandoval, SF3B$22CBSSports.com (White)
58Matt Holliday, STLOF$27CBSSports.com (White)
53Corey Hart, MIL1B$17CBSSports.com (White)
47Danny Espinosa, WAS2B$18CBSSports.com (White)
46Marco Estrada, MILP$12CBSSports.com (White)
44Shelby Miller, STLP$8CBSSports.com (White)
40Jason Heyward, ATLOF$28CBSSports.com (White)
16Troy Tulowitzki, COLSS$30CBSSports.com (White)
14Carlos Ruiz, PHIC$8CBSSports.com (White)
2Billy Hamilton, CINSS$3CBSSports.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
245Hector Sanchez, SFC$2FakeTeams.com
236Julio Teheran, ATLP$3FakeTeams.com
229Jonny Venters, ATLP$2FakeTeams.com
228Daniel Descalso, STL2B$4FakeTeams.com
224Scott Baker, CHCP$1FakeTeams.com
219Clint Barmes, PITSS$2FakeTeams.com
201David DeJesus, CHCOF$6FakeTeams.com
198Ty Wigginton, STL1B$2FakeTeams.com
192Tyler Clippard, WASP$5FakeTeams.com
178Chad Billingsley, LADP$3FakeTeams.com
149Lucas Duda, NYMOF$10FakeTeams.com
141Zack Cozart, CINSS$13FakeTeams.com
139Kenley Jansen, LADP$8FakeTeams.com
115Garrett Jones, PIT1B$12FakeTeams.com
109Jonathan Lucroy, MILC$16FakeTeams.com
106Carlos Beltran, STLOF$20FakeTeams.com
95Dan Uggla, ATL2B$17FakeTeams.com
81Ben Revere, PHIOF$17FakeTeams.com
78Daniel Murphy, NYM2B$9FakeTeams.com
72Tim Lincecum, SFP$19FakeTeams.com
10Stephen Strasburg, WASP$30FakeTeams.com
8Giancarlo Stanton, MIAOF$39FakeTeams.com
3Kris Medlen, ATLP$20FakeTeams.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
272Jake Westbrook, STLP$1FanDuel.com
260Jerry Sands, PITOF$1FanDuel.com
255Patrick Corbin, ARIP$2FanDuel.com
251Henderson Alvarez, MIAP$1FanDuel.com
241Brent Lillibridge, CHCOF$1FanDuel.com
232Todd Helton, COL1B$2FanDuel.com
230Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYMOF$1FanDuel.com
213Stephen Lombardozzi, WAS2B$6FanDuel.com
207Carlos Lee, MIA1B$1FanDuel.com
183Ruben Tejada, NYMSS$7FanDuel.com
171Johan Santana, NYMP$6FanDuel.com
138Jason Grilli, PITP$16FanDuel.com
133Delmon Young, PHIOF$7FanDuel.com
132A.J. Burnett, PITP$9FanDuel.com
88Rafael Soriano, WASP$19FanDuel.com
66Johnny Cueto, CINP$19FanDuel.com
54Zack Greinke, LADP$24FanDuel.com
39Buster Posey, SFC$31FanDuel.com
37Ryan Howard, PHI1B$21FanDuel.com
30Carl Crawford, LADOF$19FanDuel.com
26Yasmani Grandal, SDC$10FanDuel.com
24Pedro Alvarez, PIT3B$17FanDuel.com
6Matt Kemp, LADOF$39FanDuel.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)
222Scott Hairston, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
210Brett Jackson, CHCOF$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
206David Hernandez, ARIP$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
200Placido Polanco, MIA3B$2Mastersball.com (Carey)
190Darin Ruf, PHIOF$7Mastersball.com (Carey)
188A.J. Ellis, LADC$4Mastersball.com (Carey)
185Ross Detwiler, WASP$3Mastersball.com (Carey)
181Travis Snider, PITOF$7Mastersball.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)
119Miguel Montero, ARIC$15Mastersball.com (Carey)
116Shaun Marcum, NYMP$9Mastersball.com (Carey)
113Logan Morrison, MIAOF$14Mastersball.com (Carey)
96Josh Rutledge, COLSS$17Mastersball.com (Carey)
94Homer Bailey, CINP$12Mastersball.com (Carey)
91Brandon Phillips, CIN2B$24Mastersball.com (Carey)
62J.J. Putz, ARIP$16Mastersball.com (Carey)
38Jedd Gyorko, SD3B$11Mastersball.com (Carey)
29Carlos Gomez, MILOF$20Mastersball.com (Carey)
25Justin Upton, ATLOF$32Mastersball.com (Carey)
19Starlin Castro, CHCSS$28Mastersball.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)
257Jhoulys Chacin, COLP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
248Jorge De La Rosa, COLP$3Mastersball.com (Kreush)
244Sean Marshall, CINP$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
240Erik Kratz, PHIC$2Mastersball.com (Kreush)
238Ted Lilly, LADP$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
227Gregor Blanco, SFOF$1Mastersball.com (Kreush)
209Chris Nelson, COL3B$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
203Gerardo Parra, ARIOF$10Mastersball.com (Kreush)
197Wandy Rodriguez, PITP$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
193Nate Schierholtz, CHCOF$4Mastersball.com (Kreush)
168Tim Hudson, ATLP$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
131Travis d'Arnaud, NYMC$8Mastersball.com (Kreush)
103Michael Cuddyer, COLOF$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
84Adam LaRoche, WAS1B$21Mastersball.com (Kreush)
69Jason Motte, STLP$18Mastersball.com (Kreush)
63Juan Pierre, MIAOF$17Mastersball.com (Kreush)
57Jimmy Rollins, PHISS$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
55Ike Davis, NYM1B$24Mastersball.com (Kreush)
48Chris Johnson, ATL3B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
36Darwin Barney, CHC2B$6Mastersball.com (Kreush)
12Andrelton Simmons, ATLSS$12Mastersball.com (Kreush)
9Craig Kimbrel, ATLP$25Mastersball.com (Kreush)
5Clayton Kershaw, LADP$31Mastersball.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
270Travis Wood, CHCP$1Patton & Co
263Wilton Lopez, COLP$1Patton & Co
254Ian Stewart, CHC3B$1Patton & Co
250Michael McKenry, PITC$2Patton & Co
234Mark Rogers, MILP$1Patton & Co
211John Mayberry, PHIOF$5Patton & Co
204Gaby Sanchez, PIT1B$2Patton & Co
199Willie Bloomquist, ARISS$1Patton & Co
187Drew Storen, WASP$3Patton & Co
172Rafael Furcal, STLSS$5Patton & Co
170Luke Gregerson, SDP$2Patton & Co
118Alfonso Soriano, CHCOF$10Patton & Co
114Brian McCann, ATLC$13Patton & Co
101Angel Pagan, SFOF$18Patton & Co
80Jonathan Papelbon, PHIP$19Patton & Co
77Dexter Fowler, COLOF$16Patton & Co
60Andre Ethier, LADOF$19Patton & Co
49Michael Young, PHI1B$15Patton & Co
41Gio Gonzalez, WASP$20Patton & Co
23Madison Bumgarner, SFP$22Patton & Co
20Rickie Weeks, MIL2B$21Patton & Co
18Cole Hamels, PHIP$26Patton & Co
7Joey Votto, CIN1B$37Patton & Co
354Freddy Garcia, SDP$0Razzball
343Justin Turner, NYM2B$0Razzball
330Ronny Cedeno, STL2B$0Razzball
319Tyler Cloyd, PHIP$0Razzball
306Chris Narveson, MILP$0Razzball
295Laynce Nix, PHIOF$0Razzball
282Rex Brothers, COLP$0Razzball
262Taylor Green, MIL1B$1Razzball
253Andres Torres, SFOF$1Razzball
233Roger Bernadina, WASOF$1Razzball
205John Buck, NYMC$3Razzball
195Dillon Gee, NYMP$5Razzball
186Mark Ellis, LAD2B$6Razzball
179Hyun-Jin Ryu, LADP$6Razzball
177Rob Brantly, MIAC$8Razzball
173Edwin Jackson, CHCP$6Razzball
164Will Venable, SDOF$9Razzball
161Brandon League, LADP$9Razzball
156Chris Capuano, LADP$4Razzball
136Rafael Betancourt, COLP$15Razzball
125Mike Fiers, MILP$9Razzball
112Brandon McCarthy, ARIP$8Razzball
92Hunter Pence, SFOF$19Razzball
73Neil Walker, PIT2B$16Razzball
59Jean Segura, MILSS$14Razzball
52Anthony Rizzo, CHC1B$24Razzball
34Aramis Ramirez, MIL3B$24Razzball
32Aroldis Chapman, CINP$17Razzball
31Adrian Gonzalez, LAD1B$26Razzball
13Jay Bruce, CINOF$29Razzball
1Bryce Harper, WASOF$29RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
349Freddy Galvis, PHI2B$0RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
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)
266Skip Schumaker, LAD2B$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
258Didi Gregorius, ARISS$1RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
239Jose Tabata, PITOF$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
217Chris Heisey, CINOF$5RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
212Devin Mesoraco, CINC$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
180Luis Cruz, LAD3B$3RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
169Hunter Morris, MIL1B$4RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
162Carlos Marmol, CHCP$8RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
154Cody Ross, ARIOF$10RotoWire.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)
140Brandon Belt, SF1B$16RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
137Steve Cishek, MIAP$14RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
102Adam Eaton, ARIOF$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
99Wilin Rosario, COLC$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
98Todd Frazier, CIN3B$17RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
82Jonathon Niese, NYMP$15RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
56Roy Halladay, PHIP$19RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
43Paul Goldschmidt, ARI1B$25RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
15Jeff Samardzija, CHCP$18RotoWire.com (Fiorentino)
358Fernando Salas, STLP$0Yahoo! Sports
339Brad Ziegler, ARIP$0Yahoo! Sports
334Yorvit Torrealba, COLC$0Yahoo! Sports
315Jordan Schafer, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
310Reed Johnson, ATLOF$0Yahoo! Sports
291Yuniesky Betancourt, PHI2B$0Yahoo! Sports
286Jason Marquis, SDP$0Yahoo! Sports
269Tyler Skaggs, ARIP$2Yahoo! Sports
264Barry Zito, SFP$1Yahoo! Sports
246Ricky Nolasco, MIAP$1Yahoo! Sports
243Jordany Valdespin, NYMOF$2Yahoo! Sports
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Report: Orioles in 'continuous dialogue' with pitcher Chris Tillman
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) The Orioles and pitcher Chris Tillman are reportedly engaged in "continuous dialogue" for a long-term extension and have been for the past several weeks, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Tillman signed a one-year, $4.315 million deal in January to avoid arbitration and the discussions for a new deal are still considered preliminary, according to the report.

Tillman posted a 13-6 record in 2014 with a 3.34 ERA in 34 starts.


Tigers bullpen decision coming down to Ian Krol, Kyle Ryan
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is running out of time to finish off his bullpen for Opening Day. The final bullpen role will likely be a left-handed pitcher and is expected to come down to Kyle Ryan and Ian Krol, according to MLB.com.

"If I'm there, hopefully it's a good situation, whether it's long or short," Ryan said. "For them to have enough confidence in me to go into Spring Training as a reliever, and actually for them to believe that I might be able to make the team as a reliever, that makes me proud."

Ryan has given up seven runs on seven hits in 11 innings of work this spring. 

"When he throws it right, it's good," Ausmus said of Krol. "He has a tendency to occasionally slow his arm down on his cutter and curveball. He did it a couple times today. But when he doesn't slow his arm down, it's very good."


Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson continues to make his case
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson still doesn't know what his role will be when Opening Day rolls around, but he's showing he belongs on the roster, reports MLB.com.

"There's always stuff I need to work on, and I need to continue to impress," Pederson said after launching his fifth home run of the spring Saturday, boosting his batting average to .373.

Manager Don Mattingly remains quiet on what he will do when the decision has to be made, but Pederson is doing what he can to impress.

"[Opening Day] is out of my control," Pederson said. "It's something you dream about as a kid, playing in the big leagues, and you do anything you can to make that dream come true."


Angels P Matt Shoemaker gives up three runs in loss to Dodgers
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) After pitching six scoreless innings in his last start, Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker struggled a bit in the team's 5-4 to the Dodgers, reports MLB.com.

Shoemaker gave up three runs on four hits in six innings, striking out two. One of the hits he surrended was to Joc Pederson on a two-run homer.

The 28-year-old completed last season with a 3.04 ERA, 124 strikeouts and only 24 walks.


Reds third baseman Todd Frazier feels ready for Opening Day
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier feels his swing has come back and is ready to tackle the long haul ahead of the regular season, reports MLB.com.

"It comes quick, like usual," Frazier said on Saturday morning. "I get goose bumps thinking about it right now -- another year, it's crazy."

Frazier struggled early in spring training, but has rebounded to go 8 for 23 in his last seven games.

"I hit in the Minor Leagues for about 10 at-bats [on Friday], just to try and feel it back-to-back. I do, and I feel really well," said Frazier, who is batting .262 in 14 games this spring. "I feel like if I had to play tomorrow [in the regular season], I'd be ready to go. It's all about preparation, and offseason stuff. I feel like it's so far, so good."


Angels OF Mike Trout homers in loss to Dodgers
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Angels outfielder Mike Trout homered in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Dodgers, reports MLB.com.

Trout, 23, robbed the Dodgers' Alex Guerrero of an extra-base hit in the first inning, making it a successful day for him, despite the loss. 

This spring he has a batting average of .477 with four home runs and 14 RBI. 


White Sox hope to have Robertson, Petricka back by Opening Day
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Two key members of the White Sox bullpen are working their way back from forearm injuries, but manager Robin Ventura is confident he'll have both back by opening day. 

Closer David Robertson is scheduled to pitch on Sunday. 

"We're trying to make sure we’re extra careful with him," Ventura said, per Comcast's Dan Hayes. "He doesn’t seem to be concerned about it as much as we do."

Setup man Jake Petricka isn't as far along as Robertson. He played catch on Saturday for the first time in five days.

The Sox are taking it slow, so that the team will have both pitchers for Opening Day as well as the rest of the season. 

"You’re just making sure you’re cautious enough that you feel good about when (they go) out there that there won’t be any setbacks,” Ventura said. 


Indians pitcher Zach McAllister fans nine in outing Saturday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Indians pitcher Zach McAllister went five innings Saturday against the Brewers, allowing two runs on six hits with nine strikeouts. McAllister, who is expected to make one more start before Opening Day, touched 97 mph with his fastball in the appearance, according to Cleveland.com.

"He's been impressive and he's been doing it all spring," said Francona. "He's not just throwing strikes, he's down in the zone when he wants to and then he can elevate with some velocity. I think his hard work is really paying off."

McAllister has felt he always had the added velocity.

"Throughout my career I've always felt I've had a little more (velocity) in there if I could maintain it," said McAllister. "For whatever reason, whether it's being more consistent with my delivery or my arm action, I'm just trusting that when I let it go it's going to go where I want it to go. I'm not trying to place anything."


Pirates Pedro Alvarez looking to stick at first base
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is hoping to stick at his new position after converting from third base, reports triblive.com.

On opening day, Alvarez will be the team's 54th first baseman in its 129-year history.

“It's a matter of getting used to seeing the field from that point of view,” Alvarez said. “I need to get the reps in so the responsibilities that come with playing that position become second nature to me.”

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington talked about the team's past efforts of platooning the position.

“You can't develop something you don't have. You can't buy something you can't afford,” general manager Neal Huntington said. “That's why we've tried to platoon. Over the last couple of years, we've realized that's a challenge for a National League manager. Platoons are much harder here than they are in the American League, especially with a one-dimensional player who can only play one position.”

The hope around the organization is that they can get quality production from Alvarez.

“Our hope that is between Pedro Alvarez and Corey Hart, we'll get quality major league production,” Huntington said.

The 28-year-old is batting .306 with two home runs, nine RBI and eight strikeouts this spring.


Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton can't find a rhythm Saturday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton tossed six innings Saturday against the Blue Jays, allowing six hits, including two home runs and no strikeouts. Morton, who is fighting for a spot in the starting rotation, is still recovering from labrum surgery six months ago.

"Physically, Charlie is in a good place," manager Clint Hurdle said to MLB.com. "He is trying to make some mechanical adjustments in his delivery, but we don't have any health concerns about him."

Morton isn't worried about fixing mechanical issues just yet.

"Now is a tough time to put a lot of emphasis on mechanics," said Morton. "I gotta go pitch, adjustments or no adjustments."


 
 
 
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